Updates for Streetside friends 

This week in the classroom: 4th and 5th grade students at Junipero Serra turn photography and poetry into e-books with Streetside Teaching Artist Pedro Reyes. 

10 Years and Counting

A full decade of grant partnership with the California Arts Council

In July, we were honored to receive renewed funding from the California Arts Council - now as a first-time grantee in their Local Impact Program. Streetside Stories was a perfect fit for the revamped program, which supports equity, access, and opportunity provided by small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. Visit to learn more about the Council's work to ensure the arts are celebrated, recognized, and supported across the state.   

Student Stories

Some recent work from the classroom: 

Apocalypse Comeback & Vegan Zombie: Fifth graders Michelle, Faith, & Carla joined forces to create these fun claymation shorts.    

The Story of the Super Human Heart: Let Estefany, a fifth grader, teach you about the circulatory system through her creative digital comic.  

What My Name Means to Me: Jessica, a fifth grader, uses poetry to explore the historical and personal meaning behind her name. 

Student Voices Campaign

Streetside returns as a partner for Fall, 2015

The Student Voices Campaign gives students a platform to demonstrate their creative power and passion for the arts with their elected officials.  Young advocates - like Streetside's students - can offer powerful evidence of the ways arts education empowers and prepares young people for a successful future.  This campaign offers a creative way for students to make their voices heard. To learn more, click the linked logo below! 

Caira & Natalie 

Two new friendly faces behind the scenes

Things are really looking smiley these days in the Streetside office. It's just the natural way of things with two new positive forces of nature on our Programs Team. If you haven't met Caira or Natalie yet, you are missing out!

Caira Ortiz joined as our new Programs Coordinator in August. She comes to Streetside from Orange County, where she coordinated immersive after school youth programs on a national scale. Her experience working with schools and community based organizations combined with her passion for storytelling and youth advocacy make her a perfect fit for our team!

Natalie Mann started as our new Programs Manager in September.  A Northern California native, she brings to Streetside a wealth of experience in art history, art education, and program development. She's a thoughtful leader with a track record of increasing youth opportunities and access to the arts. We're so excited to have her! 

Thank you to Optical Underground for hosting a happy hour concert fundraiser to benefit Streetside Stories! We had a great turnout, raised more than $2,000, and were blown away by musical guests - Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends and Jacob Russo.  

Photo Credits: Tara Malik, Jeff Faes
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