Art Escape already makes an impact – but thanks to a state grant program, the local art-advocacy nonprofit will soon be able to make an even bigger one.

Art Escape announced this week that it’s been named as a beneficiary of a $3,500 grant from the California Arts Council as part of the state agency’s Local Impact program.

According to CAC officials, the Local Impact program is rooted in its vision to create a California “where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all.”

The Local Impact program provides project support for arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects are intended to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.

Art Escape, located in Boyes Hot springs, received the grant for Arte con la Familia, a series of free hands-on art workshops for families, conducted in Spanish. Arte con la Familia invites local families on Sunday afternoons in September, October, April and May, to learn about art materials and techniques, explore creative self-expression and work on art projects alongside their children.

Kate Ortolano, president of Art Escape, praised the work of the agency’s bilingual teacher as being key to the series’ success.

“Yessenia Anguiano, our bilingual art teacher, grew up in Sonoma,” said Ortolano. “Her warm personality and cultural awareness are both significant benefits to Arte con la Familia.”

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