Arts For The Schools is 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission is to inspire, teach and build our rural communities through equitable access to the arts and arts education. Arts For The Schools was founded to offer cultural art performances and classes; providing cultural learning opportunities and access to artist excellence in our rural communities and schools.
Arts For The Schools is the oldest art organization serving the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region for the last 40 years. Today Arts For The Schools programming spans a host of arts programs; music, theater, dance, festivals, workshops, visual arts, public arts, advocacy and professional development programs in the North Lake Tahoe region.
Founded in 1984, Arts For The Schools sought to address the lack of access to arts in the rural mountain communities, and to address the decline in arts programming in rural schools, one of the unintended consequences of the 1978 ratification of California's Proposition 13, which drastically reduced education funding statewide. As a result, schools in the region now rely on Arts For The Schools to provide arts education programming, reaching 10,000 students each year.
Arts For The Schools operates seven arts programs; three for schools and four community programs. Learn more about our programs, or read more about how you can help one of our campaigns this year below. Please consider supporting our work in 2023!
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