California Arts Council announces grant award of $20,000 to FOTM

Renowned weaver and FOTM Documented Artist Porfirio Gutierrez sharing the symbolism from his native Zapotec heritage with students from Rio del Valle Middle School.

The California Arts Council is proud to announce a grant award of $20,000 to the Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library (FOTM) as part of its Learning To See Outreach (LTS) program for the 2020/2021 school year.

The Learning To See Outreach is an award-winning, in-school, cross-curricular program with an emphasis on critical thinking, innovation and diversity. Each lesson is inspired by the artwork and life stories of extraordinary artists in our community. The program provides our youth with present day role models who have exceled in pursuit of their passions.

FOTM Education Director Aimee French is thrilled with the news of receiving such a prestigious grant. “All of us at FOTM are so excited! This is our third CAC Grant in the past five years! Although schools want to include quality arts education for their students, there is still a serious lack of funding for it. The California Arts Council helps us to fill that void for nearly 700 students in Ventura County with this grant.”

The Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all.

The Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists. The goal of FOTM is to demonstrate the full significance of the arts to society by bringing highly accomplished artists to the forefront of the community.

FOTM 505 Poli St., Suite 310  Ventura, CA 93001 805.653.2501

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