Dual grants benefit art for youth in city

ENCINITAS —the Encinitas City Council allocated $150,000 to 43 arts and civic organizations June 20 through the city of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.

Encinitas City Council and the Mizel Foundation gave grant money to the Stardust Arts “Angels Program” whos theme is “Reaching for the Stars.” Courtesy photo

“This year, the city decreased the number of grants awarded but significantly increased the size of the grants,” said Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks. Of the 43 funded organizations, six received 100 percent of their request, 12 received 90 percent and 13 received 80 percent. The Stardust Arts was one of the 43 funded, non-profits that received 90 percent of their request, and is returning for the second year in a row.

A goal of the council was to provide seed money for new programs in the community.

“The Stardust Arts is excited to bring the “Angels Program” to Encinitas – a visual art program that provides the development of creativity and imagination in art to the youth of the Encinitas Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito,” said Cheryl Ehlers, Stardust Arts, art director/instructor. “Thanks to the grant program and the vision of city leaders, for this gift to the community. We are looking forward to another exciting year of adventure and reaching for the stars. Last year brought a first time art exhibition, entries in the Arts Alive Banner project and special requests for additional community exhibitions of the youth art. It was a great experience for everyone.”

Stardust Arts is a joint ventured non-profit with Dr. Wilderness Show and is an awarded program that is recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. For more information on The Stardust Arts/Dr. Wilderness, “Angels Program,” contact Ehlers at (760) 519-1551 or visit thestardustarts.com to view the past year’s programs.

For more information on the grant program, contact Jim Gilliam in the City Manager’s Office, (760) 633-2746, jgilliam@encinitasca.gov.



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