Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara at the New Vic
(ETC) Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Exposure” Grant
State funds support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students with limited access.
Santa Barbara, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $15,050 to ETC as part of its Arts Education: Exposure program.
As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Exposure grants support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students who may otherwise have limited access to these experiences. The impact of student attendance at these events is complemented by pre- and post-attendance activities.
With support from the California Arts Council, ETC will present the Student Matinee Program, which allows nearly 1,200 junior high and high school students to experience the power of live theater, often for the first time. Plays are selected based on relevance to students' other studies. The program includes free transportation and extensive play-specific curriculum materials to be used in school classrooms both pre- and post-show.
“ETC is grateful for this grant from the California Arts Council. This support is critical to our efforts to expose students from throughout the Santa Barbara region, as well as their classroom teachers, to the value and significance of live theater," said Jonathan Fox, ETC's Artistic Director.
ETC is one of 113 grantees chosen for the Arts Education: Exposure program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.
“Studies have shown that projects like ETC’s Student Matinee Program that offer real-world, authentic interaction with the arts have a rewarding effect on learning ability,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “These early life experiences can spark interests, provoke thought, and build a student’s capacity for success. The path of what’s possible is widened by every opportunity to step outside the familiar.”
To view a complete listing of all Arts Education Exposure grantees, visit arts.ca.gov (pdf).
ETC is Santa Barbara’s sole professional theater, now in its 39th season. Operating out of the state-of-the-art 300-seat New Vic Theater, ETC presents five main stage productions per season. ETC also has robust education programs, including a Young Actors Conservatory, a Young Playwrights Program, student matinees and in-school workshops.
The mission of ETC is to engage audiences with entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking theatrical productions. ETC dedicates to presenting important new plays and innovative interpretations of classic works for a broad audience in Santa Barbara, the south/central California coast, and the western states.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.