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Your Support Makes Art Possible

Mono Arts Council ensures every school has arts education curriculum and opportunities. As the world around us continues to change, art and artistic expression becomes even more critical to our mental and physical well-being. We know funding for education will be under pressure. 

 

Now more than ever, we need your support for arts education in Mono County. 

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Fundraising Goals for 2020

$150,000

Below are just a few of the amazing programs your donations and sponsorship will support in 2020-2021.

MAC Summer Camps

Your support will provide week-long summer arts programs that partner with other local non-profits to create an all-day outdoor arts and nature immersive learning experience.

MAC Music Program

Your support will provide music instruction twice a month to all K-8 schools in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District.

MAC After-School Art Clubs

Your support  will provide weekly arts learning, after-school, at every school site (K-12) in Mono County, throughout the school year, in Art, Music, Dance, & Theater (currently instruction is offered once or twice a month for 5 months for K-8 students)

MAC Master Artists Program

Your support will fund this program for the full school year. Currently, it is only offered  5 times a year.

The Need for Funding for Arts Education

in Mono County

Without MAC, most students will have no arts education

Mono County is a rural community, where art education is not part of a regular school program until high school, and even that is limited. Local children have limited exposure to art and technology, and have little or no opportunity to learn and practice relevant skills. Moreover, many local families cannot afford basic art materials.

53-61% of students in Mono County schools have been identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged.

A joint study by the Brookings Institute, Rice University, and Houston Education Research Consortium was released in 2019. It was an effort to fully measure and quantify the impact of arts education in K-12 schools.  “We find that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.” The study found that students participating in arts education, “experienced a 3.6 percentage point reduction in disciplinary infractions,” compared to students not participating in arts education. Students with arts education had writing score improvements, “of 13 percent of a standard deviation in standardized writing scores, and an increase of 8 percent of a standard deviation in their compassion for others.”

We served 1600 students in Mono County in 2019 alone. 

Through arts education, our Mono County students will gain a complement of basic skills: linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic, physical and social, that will make them college and/or career ready.