Orcutt Children's Art Foundation
The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation was created in 2002 to support the visual and performing arts in the Orcutt Union School District. The foundation, recognizing the importance of the arts in the development of every child, supports arts in the Orcutt schools in a variety of ways. Each student in grades Kindergarten through 6th receive lessons taught by professional artists in either dance, drama or visual arts each year. Classroom mini-grants funded by the Foundation support classroom projects and are awarded to teachers in the district through a proposal competition each fall. The Foundation also supports special arts related projects and programs such as district band, district orchestral strings, drama and music programs throughout the district.
Why Should You Support the Arts?
Why are the arts a priority in education? Statistics from the National School Boards Association and Americans for the Arts present the following statistics regarding the importance of the arts in education:
Students that consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential and rigorous arts programs are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
These organizations then go on to say "For many of America's youth, public schools serve as the major provider of formalized arts instruction. Therefore it is critical that the arts maintain their status as a core academic subject within a school district's educational mission and that they are adequately funded."
Join OCAF now and help ensure that the arts remain in the Orcutt Union School District.