What We Do
We created and manage an online “marketplace” for teachers across Silicon Valley to access local arts education options for their classroom. In partnership with Silicon Valley Education Foundation, we also award mini-grants to teachers who are “shopping” for creative opportunities for their students.
Who We Serve
K-12 private and public school teachers and their students across Silicon Valley are connected with organizations and individual artists offering arts education programs through our centralized online platform.
Why It’s Important
Research concludes that engagement in arts and creativity sparks a passion for learning, fuels imagination, and builds relevant skills. Arts and creative experiences can also change a young person’s life from surviving to thriving. ArtsEdConnect comes at a time when public funding for arts education is trending downward and helps bridge the opportunity gap through increased access and funding for arts education options for schools.
What’s Been Done
- Launched ArtsEdConnect site in 2012
- Secured Warmenhoven Family Foundation annual investment of $100,000
- Awarded nearly $200,000 in mini-grants to teachers
- Provided arts education opportunities for over 10,000 students