Schools & Organizations

Schools + Organizations

Dancing at a Family Arts Night. Photo: Crystal Birns

Teach the Arts in Your School or Organization

We help schools and community organizations enliven classrooms through arts education across the county.


Participating schools


Students each year


Teaching artists

Mariposa Arts changed my life by making it possible to work directly for and with my community and gave me the opportunity to share my passion for the arts and teach.

D.J.Student at Pajaro Valley High School


Our arts education team assists Santa Cruz County K-12 public schools and community organizations in bringing arts education into their locations. We provide matching grants, Artist Teacher Partnerships, Family Arts Nights, local collaborations, school residencies, and performances.

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Mariposa Arts

Empower artistically inclined high school students to find their voices and discover their creative gifts through arts training that also supports the development of powerful life skills. Student teachers co-teach lessons with teaching artists and become leaders, mentors, and role models.

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View Teaching Artists Directory

Learn about the highly qualified professional teaching artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts available to teach in your classroom or at your organization.

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Arts Education Institute

A 4-day workshop that brings together K-12 classroom teachers, teaching artists, and school administrators to learn how to promote learning in and through the arts as well as equity in arts education.

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Arts Education Advocacy

Join the Arts Now Community and connect with parents, educational leaders, and school stakeholders involved in our advocacy and policy work to improve arts education.

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Let’s talk about how we can partner with your school or organization to deliver arts education to the students you serve.