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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Make Stuff! Family Workshops will offer hands-on art programs for families, which focus on arts integration with science-based sensory activities. Program participants will be children ages 5-11 and their adult companions. As an essential part of our organizational mission is to "offer educational programs for visitors of all ages," our staff and Board of Directors are committed to restarting our family programs.

Our goal is to introduce families to the art on display first, and then follow up with a hands-on project guided by an artist upstairs in our classroom. We have selected engaging exhibits on display at the Pence, the exhbits will be the focus for our learning. Each program will be devoted to one of the five senses: Touch, Sight, Sound, Taste and Smell, and will be 2-3 hours long on a Sunday afternoon.

Children will learn both science and art principles through the projects, and will be low cost ($5 for the child, free for the adult).
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
- We have had tremendous success with this program, as it is building a new audience among families in the region with young children (ages 5-11).
- We've had increasing attendance, and rave reviews from parents and children.
- We have received two grants to support the program (2017) and (2018).
- We currently have no program funding for Make Stuff, and need support to continue the intergenerational learning and creativity that is taking place at the Pence.
Description
This fall, the Pence will began our new Healing Arts program. This is a 6-week session workshop in which adults who are grieving from the loss of a friend or family member can use art as a language for healing and support. Led by Art Therapist Amy Vidra and Bereavement Counselor Bill Palmer, the sessions are designed to introduce art projects that help one process and express emotional experiences. No art experience is necessary. We plan on offering this program again in the winter and spring. This program is free for participants, and this year is sponsored by a donor. We are looking for donations to offset the costs of running this program, as well as to potentially expand it.
Budget
$16,000
Program Successes
- In our first 6 week session, we had 10 participants sign up, almost reaching our maximum of 11 individuals.
- 100% of the participants stated that the program helped with their grieving process.
Description
ArtSmart is our school program that involves a hands-on project and docent-tour of an exhibit. We offer homeschool groups, public, and private school groups, the opportunity to learn about an exhibit theme, and to express their own ideas on a tour. After, we connect what they have learned to making a related project upstairs, under the guidance of an artist. Students learn how to interpret visual art, problem-solve, and to use materials to convey their ideas. We serve about 600-800 students annually.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
- We served our largest ever audience for ArtSmart in fiscal year 2011, serving 1,100 children, who participated in four art projects, representing a huge diversity of ages, geographical origin, and ethnic background.
- We did outreach to 300 children that year at one school alone.
- Without grant funding we cannot provide outreach to schools now, although we are continuing our school program onsite at our facility.
- In fiscal year 2017, we wrote a curriculum guide and trained 16 teachers to teach ceramics in their classroom, at two public schools. We served 649 students, teachers, and parents this year.
- In fiscal year 2018, we served 882 students from K-6th grades.
- In fiscal year 2019, we served 653 students from K-6th grades.

Description
Adult artists engage in a variety of art workshops at the Gallery, including watercolor painting, sculpture, figure drawing, ecoprinting, and basic drawing.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
We have built up our audience for adult programs within the past four years to enable us to have a consistent attendance for our programs, giving us new members and new insights into adult education.
Description
Teens from Davis and surrounding areas hear from arts professionals about careers in the visual arts and develop an event for teens with music, art, video, dance, and more. Students participate in a four month-long program at the Gallery, meeting with artists and seeing public art in various communities. They create a public artwork that will be unveiled at the art event. The art event, Createfest, is a summer celebration of music, art, and dance, and is completely coordinated by the youth. This program needs funding, as the grant only partially covers the cost of providing this service to the community.
Budget
$7,000
Program Successes
- We received five grants from the City of Davis, to support this program from 2014-2018.
- In our first year, we served over 650 people, and served more than four times the estimated number of visitors at our first Createfest, an art event for teens.
- Since 2014, we have trained 70 teens through this program.
- During 2017-18, we had 15 students participate in Teens Take Charge, including designing their own marketing, logo, and event for over 600 children and teens.
- During 2018-20, we put the teen program on hiatus due to a lack of funding.