Four San Diego Arts Organizations Awarded NEA Grant to Fund Arts Education

Release Date: 
June 9, 2011
The Museum of Photographic Arts, in collaboration with the La Jolla Playhouse, Mingei International Museum and the Timken Museum of Art, is pleased to announce a $55,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which will provide critical funding for the CARE Program.
CARE stands for Collaborative Arts Resources for Education, a program developed in 2004 that has served over 4,000 children and has empowered 240 teachers to integrate arts education into their existing curricula. The CARE program is a school-based artist residency and teacher professional development collaboration among four premier arts organizations in San Diego: the Museum of Photographic Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, the Mingei International Museum, and the Timken Museum of Art. In response to a substantial decline in support for the arts in California public schools, CARE provides an innovative, sequential program that articulates across four grade levels and aligns with California state content standards. CARE annually serves 1200 elementary students, 65 teachers, and 500 family members in low-income areas in the San Diego Unified School District.
“CARE is such a critical program that plays a vital role in our schools,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MOPA. “The funding for this program will bring creative arts education to our children, resources to our over-burdened teachers and will help develop the creative leaders and thinkers of the next generation.”
The National Endowment for the Arts grant for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth will help to continue and expand the reach of CARE in the San Diego community. In addition to its existing activities, the CARE program will use the NEA funding to launch a summer professional development institute for teachers.
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MOPA Information:
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is one of the premier institutions in the United States devoted to photography, film and video. Since its founding in 1983, MOPA has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The Museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.
NEA Information:
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at
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