San José Museum of Art Awarded California Arts Council “Artists In Schools - Exposure” Grant

Release date 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

State funds support arts education field trips for 2,500 San José students

[San José, CA] June 13, 2017 – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $16,200 to the San José Museum of Art as part of its Artists in Schools - Exposure program. The support will allow 2,500 students in San José Title One schools to participate in SJMA’s field-trip program, Two-Part Art, for free.

As an offshoot of the Council’s signature arts education grant program, one of the agency’s longest running, the new Artists in Schools - Exposure program offering supports attendance at professional 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 that align to National Core Arts Standards, VAPA Standards, and/or Common Core Standards of education.

Two-Part Art is SJMA’s premier field trip offering. It includes a guided Museum tour and a hands-on art-making activity led by a teaching artist. Students will engage in pre and post-visit activities and will receive a pass to return to the Museum with up to eight family members for free.

“SJMA is the leading provider of arts education in Santa Clara County, and we are thrilled that, thanks to the California Arts Council, we will be able to bring this high-quality arts education program to even more students,” said S. Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director of SJMA. “Not only will students receive a great educational experience based on state standards, but they will also be able to bring their families back to the Museum to spend time together enjoying the art.”

The San José Museum of Art is one of just 71 grantees chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 108 organizations statewide. The news of SJMA’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

“We know the benefits of arts education—to improve test performance, reduce dropout rates and increase participation in higher learning,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “Two-Part Art through our Artists in Schools - Exposure program allows students to step outside the classroom for real-life arts immersion. Opportunities like these help fuel the fire and drive necessary within our youth to prepare them for success in school, in the workforce, and in their communities.”

To view a complete listing of all Artists in Schools - Exposure grantees, visit




The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time. SJMA is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San José, California. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM and until 8 PM or later on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for youth ages 7 -18. Members and children. For more information, call 408-271-6840 or visit www.SanJosé

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 Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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Programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible be generous support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, The Lipman Family Foundation, and a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José.