The Santa Paula Art Museum's Cole Creativity Center Provides Access to Quality Arts Education in Our Community

Donate Now to Send a Local Student to Art Classes

*Donations can be made in any amount. A donation of $85.00 pays for one student to attend a week-long art course at the Cole Creativity Center. Scholarship recipients are chosen from local schools and are nominated by their teachers based on need and potential. 

Why encourage creativity in young people?

Did you know that 72% of today's business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill that they are looking for when hiring? That's because creative thinking is what will enable us to face the challenges of the future. Learning to think creatively will prepare young people to work at jobs that don't yet exist, create solutions for problems that have not yet been identified, and to use technologies that haven't even been invented.

Arts education teaches creativity. But many arts courses that help develop creative skills aren't required or even offered in schools. As a result, 85% of employers say that they cannot find the creative applicants they so desperately seek. And the arts programs that do exist are often not universally accessible to all children. That means that the communities that could use the benefits of art education the most are often receiving it the least.


A creative community is a stronger community. But don't just take our word for it. Americans for the Arts is a national organization that conducts research on the economic, social, and educational benefits of the arts. Watch the videos below to learn the many ways in which the arts have a positive impact on children and, therefore, the future of our communities.

Hear facts and figures that quantify how much arts education benefits students: 

Listen to kids share, in their own words, how the arts impact their quality of life:

Your donation will give local students better access to arts education through the Santa Paula Art Museum's new Cole Creativity Center. Your contribution will also guide them towards the most important skill that they will need in the future: creativity.

Let's Do the Math on Arts Education

Over the past 10 years, public school teachers have said overwhelmingly that the arts are the first to be marginalized in the classroom so that more attention can be paid to other courses of study like math and science (which are subject to standardized testing). But when you do the math on arts education, the numbers are pretty striking.

Teaching Art to Children Benefits the Entire Community

Arts programs support a child’s ability to express and understand themselves, which increases their focus, confidence, and skill in relating to others. And those skills serve them well into adulthood. It's no surprise then that University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates.

Your support of arts scholarships today will help strengthen our entire community.

Click on the image above to see Americans for the Arts' top 10 reasons to support the arts.

Click here to learn more about the Cole Creativity Center and its classes for children, teens and adults.