Oxnard Performing Arts Center receives $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

OXNARD, Calif. — The Oxnard Performing Arts Center has received a $35,000 grant to support its initiative to provide creative space for underserved local teens.

A new program, OPAC Studios, offers free lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, fiber arts and more for Oxnard teens. The program will help vulnerable communities like BIPOC, indigenous people, people of promise and homeless people.

The grant comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Youth Development provided the framework for the OPAC studios.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from OPAC that help sustain the creative economy of the community,” said NEA Acting President Ann Eilers. “Oxnard’s OPAC is among the nation’s arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a pathway to well-being, and provide access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through Arts.”

The OPAC said the new project is among 1,248 projects nationwide totaling more than $28.8 million that have been selected to receive this first round of FY2022 funding under the Grants for artistic projects.

“We are truly honored to receive our first-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and look forward to our teens benefiting from expanded classes, opportunities for engagement, development and career exploration,” said Carolyn Merino. Mullin of the OPAC. Executive Director.

For more information on OPAC’s Teen Art program, click here.

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