San Benito Arts Council launches 111 weekly art classes



Weekly classes will be held in 12 elementary schools and will serve over 2,000 students.

Information provided by the San Benito County Arts Council

San Benito County Arts Council announced the launch of its Arts in Education 2021-2022 program during the week of October 4, offering weekly visual and performing arts classes to more than 2,800 students across San Benito County.

“Now in its 11th year, our Arts in Education program is built on the belief that every child deserves equitable access to the arts and places professional teaching artists in local classrooms to teach students about drawing, painting, ceramics, multimedia, ukulele, singing and more, ”the statement read.

This year’s program features 111 art classes per week at 12 local elementary schools, serving over 2,800 students in TK-7th grades.

“When I calculated the number of lessons per week and saw the number 111, I was moved and motivated. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication, time, energy, advocacy, conviction, collaboration, communication and talent to do this great job! The director of arts education for the San Benito County Arts Council, said Amanda Chiado. “I feel honored and grateful to be a part of our incredible shared success, and I am determined to continue working for equity in the arts for all students in San Benito County.”

According to the statement, twelve Arts Council teaching artists, all of whom taught in the Arts Council’s Summer School Mural Program with the Hollister School District, spent the end of the summer in analyze data from last year’s survey, attend trainings, explore and create a new program, develop strategic plans to address socio-emotional learning, organization of art supplies and connection with art teachers across the region.

These artist teachers will be deployed to 8 locations within the Hollister School District, teaching visual arts to students in Grades 3 through 7, starting the first week of October.

“I look forward to reconnecting with the students in person, and I’m also excited to see what our new Teaching Artists bring to the program,” said Teaching Artist Clay Peer. Peer has taught virtually during the 2020-2021 school year and is expected to teach at Hollister Dual Language Academy and Rancho Santana for 2021-2022 said,

The Arts Council will partner with the California Academy of Novel and Traditional Arts (CANTA), based in downtown Hollister, which will be the lead teacher for the Grade 3 ukulele program and the Grade 2 voice program, with the Aromas-San Juan school district. , as well as Terra Cultura who will be the main teaching artists of the visual arts program for grades 3 to 5 in Aromas and San Juan schools.

All students in this program will receive a free ukulele, which has arrived in a variety of colors.

“The enthusiasm of the students when they receive their own musical instrument or a bag of new and colorful art supplies is palpable. It’s like Christmas! The Executive Director of the Arts Council, Jennifer Laine, said. “We couldn’t be more proud of all the dedicated people and partners who make this program possible. It’s like preparing for an art invasion – we have our artists, partners, students, art supplies and plans – let’s go! “

The San Benito County Arts Council said the Arts in Education program is made possible through partnerships with the San Benito County Office of Education, Hollister, Aromas-San Juan and Tres Pinos school districts, as well as with financial support from the Community Foundation for San County of Benito, United Way, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation and California Arts Council.

For any questions or information, please contact the Arts Council at [email protected] or call 636-2787 or visit



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