San Diego County: Ramona Library launches Rural Arts Project

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Ramona Library is among four branches of the San Diego County Library system participating in the Rural Arts Project, a series of fine and digital art workshops.A grant from the California State Library enables people of all ages to receive free, high-quality art instruction. The Ramona and Potrero libraries are hosting the series this fall, and the Borrego Springs and Campo libraries will launch their workshops in early 2019.“The Rural Arts Project aims to bridge a gap in art experiences that is often seen in backcountry and rural areas,” said Chelsie Harris, Ramona Library manager and Rural Arts Project coordinator. “We’re so excited to be hosting this project for the benefit of these communities.”Quality art education is not always readily available in backcountry locations, especially for children and teens, said the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts working paper, “Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas.” When art education was analyzed in the context of rural communities, researchers found “access to arts education to be significantly impacted by a number of factors, including lack of transportation, limited financial resources, and unfavorable arts policy.”Ramona Library is partnering with The Art Center of Ramona to bring workshops to the public for free.”