Nurturing an interest in the arts among young people brings many benefits to society, ranging from cognitive growth and social bonding for individuals to cross-cultural understanding and economic activity for communities.
Effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts, build audiences for the future, and — particularly through the public education system — reach a broad segment of students at a critical time in their development. Under our Arts Education grantmaking strategy, the Hewlett Foundation sought to provide equal access for California students to engage in the arts at every level, from introductory programs to professional training. The Performing Arts Program made grants under this strategy from 2012 to 2019 as part of our overall strategic framework during that period.
We continue to support much of the work we funded under this strategy through our current Youth grantmaking.