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Applications Open for California Arts Council Grants for Youth

The California Arts Council’s JUMP Starts grant program applications are open. JUMP Starts is a program of the California Arts Council that supports high-quality arts education and artists-in-residency programs for youth engaged in the juvenile justice system, including those who are incarcerated or who are on probation. Applications are open to nonprofit arts organizations currently serving, or who wish to serve, youth in our state and local juvenile facilities. The grant activity period will be June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020.

    The goals of JUMP Starts grant program include:

  • Provide opportunities for artists in juvenile justice facilities, including juvenile halls, camps, courts and community schools
  • Support professional development of teaching artists and facility staff to grow the capacity of the field of arts for system-engaged youth.
  • Measure impact and communicate the value of arts education for system-engaged youth
  • Positively influence relationships between arts organizations, facility staff and juvenile justice departments

JS began as a pilot program in 2013, rooted in the Art Council’s commitment to ensuring art is accessible to all Californians, including the young and vulnerable, specifically those at risk of becoming engaged in the juvenile justice system. JUMP Starts creates partnerships between arts organization and juvenile justice entities to create learning opportunities that foster positive emotional, behavioral, academic and developmental outcomes. In 2017, the California State Legislature began dedicating funds specifically to support JUMP Starts including service to CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice.    

Applications are available at here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

Instructions for applying can be found here

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