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ArtMix brings professional teaching artists into public school classrooms for 6-12 weeks. Providing quality, standards-based arts education, teaching artists guide students in process driven exploration and skill development in the visual and performing arts. Each residency begins with an art related field trip or assembly, and culminates in a final art exhibition or performance.

Seeding Art for Change is a thematic approach to the ArtMix program, the student edition of YoloArts' Art & Ag project. Connecting students to their agricultural community, the program includes a farm visit and a 6-8-week series of arts instruction with a professional teaching artist.

Juvenile Justice Arts Education Program serves youth incarcerated, and on probation. Taught by professional teaching artists, students learn different art-making techniques that enable them to constructively and creatively express their personal voice. Youth receive instruction in visual, performing, and literary arts.

Artist in Schools focuses on ceramic arts education for students in K-6th grade. Each year in the program students increase their hand-building techniques while connecting art-making with themes in core curriculum including science, history, and language arts.

Blues in the Schools is a Sacramento Blues Society program that brings Blues music into the classroom. The program consists of a lecture/concert series delivered by professional musicians. This musical experience engages and teaches students the history, culture, and musical genre of the Blues. YoloArts funds Blues in the Schools in Yolo County schools.

Blues in Schools Details +

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a statewide poet project that culminates in a national recitation contest for high school students. Student participants interpret, memorize, and recite three poems within a competition framework that starts in the classroom. Activities in Yolo County are administered by YoloArts. Each year students compete to represent their county at the state competition in Sacramento.

Important Dates:
School Registration Deadline: December 10, 2021
Student Entry Open: December 13, 2021
Student Entry Deadline: January 12, 2022
County Competition: January 19-25, 2022
County Champion Announced: January 28, 2022
State Competition: March 6-7, 2022
National Finals, Washington DC: April 25-27, 2022

Lesson Plans and Video Resources

Outside Looking In: Lesson Plan + | Video +

Ode Poetry: Lesson Plan + | Video +


YoloArts' Arts Education programs are funded in part by the California Arts Council, County of Yolo, John & Eunice Davidson Fund, US Bank, and our school partners.

For more information contact YoloArts' Interim Education Manager, Drucella Miranda, at

Student Art Work at May First Friday in Woodland

High school students will be exhibiting their art work in downtown Woodland during the First Friday ArtWalk at the Woodland Public Library Leake Community Room, 250 First St. in Woodland, on  Friday, May 3, 5:30 – 8 p.m. The student pop-up art show and sale will feature paintings, ceramics, photography and digital media art works made … Continued

Butterflies are free

By Jeff Hudson, Davis Enterprise Pioneer Elementary School student Emily Cotter, look at the new ceramic totems in the school garden Monday afternoon. Students at Pioneer and friends of the late Dorothy Peterson, a veteran teacher who was a great supporter of school gardens, gathered for the dedication of the three ceramic totems in the … Continued

Peterson Memorial Garden dedicated at Pioneer

By Jeff Hudson, Davis Enterprise Family and friends gathered on Thursday afternoon for the dedication of the Dorothy Peterson Memorial Garden at Pioneer Elementary. Peterson — a retired teacher and passionate booster of school gardens, school recycling and farm-to-school programs — passed away in April 2016. Sheryl Yamamoto, garden coordinator at Pioneer for the past … Continued

Juvenile Hall students get lessons in art, music and poetry

Teaching art to kids in juvenile hall can be bittersweet at times. “I don’t want them to be there,” said Tomas Montoya while sipping a cup of coffee recently, noting his class — coordinated by YoloArts and funded by a California Arts Council grant — is back in session. Montoya, a Sacramento native, was chosen … Continued

Calling All High School Artists

YoloArts is calling all Yolo County high school artists for the 31st session of the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). CSSSA offers a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts of dance,music and theater, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age. Each summer only … Continued

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