The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. Since 1968, CSMA is dedicated to making the arts and arts education accessible to all, regardless of age, skill level, background or financial means. CSMA offers a wide variety of creative opportunities that reflect the rich, multi-cultural landscape of our local community through music, visual arts and new media classes, lessons, and camps; arts-in-the-schools programs (Arts4Schools and Music4Schools); free concerts, lectures, exhibitions and numerous outreach events. CSMA enriches lives with high-quality music and arts education, free concerts, and art exhibitions.
Headquartered in Finn Center in Mountain View, CSMA directly serves over 28,000 people through on-site and off-site programs each year, including over 21,000 students at 53+ schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040, Mountain View, CA 94040
CSMA’s award-winning in-school Art4Schools curriculum develops hands-on technical skills and an understanding of the language of art, while also teaching art appreciation and cultural understanding of art and its history.
About the Program
CSMA’s professional art teachers guide and encourage learning and creative expression through sequential lessons in drawing, painting, sculpting, and more. All art classes teach a concept such as line, shape, or color, as well as develop basic technical skills. Lessons are often inspired by a cultural or historical context that encourages students to explore new worlds and view life from other perspectives. Art lessons also coordinate with classroom curriculum to become an integral, enriching part of each child’s education.
In addition to developing individual creativity, skills learned through art education improve development in other subjects, build self-esteem, and develop cultural curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity.
ArtsEd Connect mini-grants may be used towards an introductory visual art workshop. They may also be used to supplement an existing Art4Schools program. Please contact the program for details and pricing.
A4S Program Manager
Please contact the program for details about scheduling pricing.