Over the past 11 years, more than 7,000 student visits to the gallery have been hosted through this outreach, SCAC said.

The California Arts Council last week announced a grant award of just under $120,000 to Liberty Arts and Siskiyou County Arts Council, as part of its arts education – exposure, local impact, and state-local partnership programs.

Liberty Arts received funding through the Local Impact grant program, which supports community-driven projects for small and mid-sized arts organizations to foster equity, access, and opportunity in historically marginalized communities by centering the arts as a vehicle for building strength, health, and resiliency, according to a SCAC press release.

Liberty Arts has proposed nine original exhibitions offering opportunity for the community to participate in creating, viewing and appreciating art from both local and visiting artists, the release states.

The gallery’s educational outreach program, Explorations, was also funded through the grant. This funding will support over 800 gallery visits and hands-on opportunities for local students through the next academic year at no cost to schools.

Over the past 11 years, more than 7,000 student visits to the gallery have been hosted through this outreach, SCAC said.

“Now more than ever, we need the arts,” said SCAC Executive Director Patricia Lord. “Arts practitioners will be critical to aiding each of us understand and move forward from the devastation our community has experienced as a result of an unprecedented global public health emergency. As second responders, artists and arts organizations will play a big role in reinvigorating local economies. While long-planned projects are not able to move forward as anticipated, we are committed to adapting by re-envisioning new types of programs and public events.”

The California Arts Council awarded 1,500 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The investment of nearly $30 million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history, according to the release.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees, SCAC said.