Access to Art

Our core values include linking Title I elementary schools that have no funding for visual arts education with free and low-cost standards-based, skill building instruction during the school day.  Read on to determine if your school is eligible for this program or submit an application.

Is my school eligible for a free program?

Any K- 6 Title I school that meets need criteria may apply for our Access to Art Program.  This program grants 5 free visual art workshops for up to 8 classrooms.  Schools may receive free programming for 2 years, then have the opportunity to continue their program on a very low cost cost sharing model.

School Eligibility Requirements:

  • Title I designated school located in San Diego County
  • No formalized visual arts education on campus
  • No funding for visual arts education
  • Have a room on campus where art instruction can take place

How does a school apply for a free program?

You will find the fillable application form here.

If you would prefer to download the application and mail or email it in, click here.

If my school applies, are we guaranteed to receive a free program?

Our ability to provide free programs depends on our income from grants, fundraising events, program income, corporate and individual donations.  ArtReach strives to connect at least ten schools each year to free instruction, and often exceeds this goal.  Schools that apply but do not receive programs will be placed on a wait list. We will contact waitlist schools as soon as funding allows.

How many years may a school receive free programming?

Schools may receive a free program for up to two years. After that, we offer schools to continue their program at a discounted rate (20% of program costs).

Which students get the free instruction?

Each school determines the classes that will receive free instruction.  The ArtReach Program Manager will work with a contact at your school to create a schedule and discuss lessons.  Schools may choose to focus all lessons on a single grade level, choose classrooms based on teacher buy-in, or distribute the lessons over a few grade levels.  Up to 8 classrooms may receive free workshops.  Additional classrooms may be added at a discounted rate.

Are your Teaching Artists Volunteers?

No. All of our Teaching Artists make a living creating art and passing on their knowledge and skill to members of our community.  We value these creative professionals and are honored to have them on our team.