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Get Arts in the Schools Program (GASP)

logogaspThe Get Arts in the Schools Program is an arts education partnership founded in 2005 by the Arts Council of Mendocino County (ACMC) and the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE). GASP funds artist workshops and live performances in Mendocino County schools during the school year. The goal of the program is to infuse the arts in the core curriculum and to deliver quality, educational, curriculum-based artistic experiences to K-12 students throughout Mendocino County.

The Arts Council of Mendocino County invites proposals for distance learning arts enrichment to be delivered to K-12 classrooms throughout Mendocino County in the Spring Semester of 2021 (January to June) on a rolling basis. This grant opportunity allows us to present a modified version of the Get Arts in the Schools Program (GASP), which was established in 2005. GASP is a partnership of the Arts Council of Mendocino County and the Mendocino County Office of Education, with additional support of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County. Traditionally, the GASP program serves over 3000 students throughout the county, introducing classrooms to professional artists and delivering hands-on visual, performing, literary, interdisciplinary and multimedia arts projects to students at all grade levels.

Previous GASP grant recipients, experienced arts educators, and arts organizations of Mendocino County are encouraged to submit project and guest artist proposals to the Arts Council of Mendocino County. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the ACMC and MCOE staff.

All projects will be delivered using distance-learning platforms such as Google Meet or Zoom, depending upon what the classroom uses. As schools reopen, in person proposals may be considered depending upon evolving health guidance and recommendations.

Artists should discuss their projects with classroom teachers in advance of submitting an application to the Arts Council, and an email from the teacher indicating acceptance of the project should accompany the project proposal.

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