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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Awarded Two California Arts Council Grants

Artists in Schools and Creative Youth Development grants will support LBC’s research-based arts and arts integration education programs in Sonoma County Schools

January 26, 2023, Santa Rosa, Calif. – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it has received two California Arts Council multi-year grant awards. The council’s Artist in the Schools and Creative Youth Development grants will support LBC’s research-based programs that highlight arts integration, standards-based arts curriculum, and opportunities to learn from professional artists, all of which deepen the learning experience in Sonoma County classroom.
The Artists in Schools grant will help LBC provide Arts Integration Residencies to 110 Sonoma County classrooms, serving more than 2,750 kindergarten through 12th grade students. Through these residencies, LBC fills the gap in classroom arts instruction by providing arts integration techniques to teach core subjects, employing art forms to enhance student learning, and reducing barriers to participation.

The Creative Youth Development grant will help LBC provide free mariachi education programs throughout the year, including a weekly after-school program and summer camps, where 450 youth from historically under-resourced communities will learn music fundamentals and cultural practices of this unique art form, while developing and deepening vital life skills.

“We are exceptionally proud to receive these prestigious awards, which will reinforce our efforts to increase access to the arts and arts education for all students of Sonoma County,” said Rick Nowlin, LBC President & CEO. “It demonstrates the council’s confidence in the expertise we have committed to our Education and Community Engagement programs as well as the fiscal sustainability of our organization.”

The California Arts Council last month announced the second round of grant awards for 2022, with funds for Cycle B totaling more than $41 million for more than 900 grants supporting arts education and creative youth development; administering organizations; and arts service
LBC Awarded California Arts Council Grants networks. The merit-based grant awards are based on competitive applications and reviewed by arts education professionals from across the state.

Referring to the awards announcement, California Arts Council Director Jonathan Moscone said, “The resilience and creativity of California’s arts and cultural field in these last three years has been remarkable. We are proud to be able to support the great work that California’s artists, culture bearers and cultural workers are doing within our communities as an indelible part of our state’s identity.”

To view a complete listing of all California Arts Council Cycle B grantees, visit For a complete listing of Cycle B grantees by organization, go to

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 800 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. For more information, visit

About the California Arts Council
The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts. Members of the California Arts Council include: Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke, Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Ellen Gavin, Alex Israel, Phil Mercado, and Roxanne Messina Captor. Learn more at

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