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Lineage Dance Company Receives California Arts Council “Artists in Schools” Grant

Funds will help local students succeed through arts education

Published on Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 4:20 pm

The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $4,800 to Lineage Dance Company as part of its Artists in Schools program.

The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California’s students.

Lineage Dance partners with Eliot Arts Magnet in the Pasadena Unified School District. The Eliot programming teaches dance to students throughout the entire school year. The ability to work with professional dancers provides a great learning experience for local students.

“Dance allows kids to be big and expressive while also being focused and healthy,” says Lineage’s Executive Director, Brian Elerding. “We’re proud to be a part of the movement to keep art in schools, and we’re grateful to the California Arts Council for making that happen.”

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”

About Lineage Dance Company

Lineage is well ­known throughout the community for artistic excellence and innovative choreography along with the core value of charitable giving. Lineage Dance was created by its Artistic Director, Hilary Thomas, in 1999 to raise support and awareness for nonprofit organizations, as well as to make the arts accessible to all. Lineage is based at the Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Pasadena.

The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at


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