Fostering Creativity Through the Arts
"Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves."
- Ken Robinson
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to enhance education in the communities of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting well-established organizations which help children and young adults prepare for their future. Youth arts programming stimulates creative expression and imagination, promotes independent thinking, and develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills for life. Our Fostering Creativity Through the Arts Program funds growth, learning, and development through the visual, literary, and performing arts.
The Foundation values innovation, measurability, cost effectiveness, broad impact, diverse funding/revenue streams, and time-limited projects for which fundraising can be completed with our contribution. Special consideration will be given to projects which are difficult to fund through traditional channels.
Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend in our schools. Budget constraints have led to Arts programs being scaled down or even eliminated altogether. This has been happening throughout the country, but the negative impact is greatest in low-income communities.
Through the arts, children learn valuable life skills that guide them to becoming engaged, creative, and innovative thinkers. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, verbal skill, cognitive ability, and critical thinking. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. According to a report by the Rand Corporation, art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion.
If students are going to be prepared for the future, they will need the 21st century skills that can be learned via visual, literary, and performing arts. Moreover, studies have shown that greater arts education leads to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates, and test scores. As stated by the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, "Arts education enables those children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences.'' In addition, research supported by the National Endowment for the Arts has shown that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to achieve key positive outcomes - academically, socially, and civically - compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support school programs and organizations that provide access to tools, materials, classes, instruction, and support and guidance for creative expression.
By giving youth access and opportunities to participate in visual, literary, and performing arts, we will equip them with a creative edge; support academic success across school curriculum; and contribute to their development into caring, educated, and innovative adults.
Grants will be made for:
Children (6-17 yrs.) attending under-resourced schools
Young Adults (18-25 yrs.) from under-resourced communities
Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:
School Arts Programs
After-school Arts Programs
Community Arts Programs
To submit a request for funding from the Fostering Creativity Through the Arts grant program, please follow the process outlined on the Apply page.