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May 18, 2016
Musicians for Education Receives California Arts Council “JUMP StArts” Grant
State funds will support arts education programs for local at-risk youth

[SAN DIEGO, CA] – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $23,987 to Musicians for Education as part of its JUMP StArts program. Musicians for Education is one of only twenty-seven grantees statewide for this program.

With support from the California Arts Council, Musicians for Education will provide an arts education and college-bridge program (Street of Dreams) for teen mothers at Lindsay Blended Community School—part of the San Diego Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) system—which serves pregnant and parenting teens in grades 9 through 12 who were referred by probation, social services or school district officials.

Located on the campus of San Diego City College, Street of Dreams is a dual enrollment (high school and college) academic elective, for youth who have never had a college attendee in their family. The children served are critically at-risk, with an alarming number going to prison. Through public performance the students are integrated with their greater community. Using a simple method called "Word Art" the program links poetry and spoken word to a group who has been without a voice.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have our innovative Street of Dreams program be recognized by the California Arts Council,” said Founder and Executive Artistic Director Teresa Gunn. “California has one of the highest prison populations in the nation, and our Street of Dreams program has a 100% success rate of getting some of our community’s most vulnerable young women graduating high school and enrolling into San Diego City College. The teen mothers we serve come from foster care, incarceration, and homelessness. Our students have been abandoned, abused and nearly destroyed. For them, a dead end becomes a Street of Dreams.”

“The California Arts Council is committed to ensuring that art is accessible to all Californians, and including our state’s vulnerable and at-risk young people,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “We are proud to support the important work of [organization name] and their partnership with [primary partner name]. At-risk students with access to high-quality arts engagement tend to have higher career goals, better workforce opportunities, better academic results, and increased civic engagement.”

To view a complete listing of all JUMP StArts grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/CAC-JUMP-2015-16Grantees.pdf.

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Musicians for Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and creative support to teen mothers in urban San Diego who are at the highest risk of going to prison due to the generational effects of drug addiction, alcoholism and poverty.
Learn more at www.musiciansforeducation.org.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at