Kudos to Mexican Heritage Center on Awarding of $15,000 Grant!

And Kudos to the Center’s new President, Gracie Madrid who was instrumental in submitting the proposal to San Joaquin County. The project consists of three(3) components.  The activities will involve students in high quality art, music and folkloric dance to elementary school students in grades 4-8.  Each separate activity, will have a qualified facilitator who will provide the students with the skills and techniques necessary to learn the activity.  In addition, the students will be given a comprehensive historical perspective to each activity being taught.
A cultural festival of the AFTER SCHOOL ACTION ARTS PROGRAM will take place in May, 2015 which will give the students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in the areas of art, music and folkloric dance and acknowledge their work by presenting them with certificates and awards.  As a public service, the community at large, family members, and friends of the participants will be invited.
Needs statement:  Fine and performing arts education has been on the decline in public schools for more than a generation.  Very few schools offer high quality arts learning.(Wallace Foundation, 2005.
A high # of students lack access to after school programs that provide rich opportunities for growth, learning and fun, and find themselves unsupervised at the end of the day. (The after School Corp. 1998)
In the 2010 census, a negative health factor that has been identified in San Joaquin County is the lack of safe and affordable place to be active. (2010 census)
Twenty nine percent (29%) of juvenile crimes on school days occur between 2 and 5pm.  These are peak hours for juveniles to experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.  (US Department of Justice, 1997)

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