The Sacramento County Office of Education will receive a $1 million state grant to fund arts programs in schools, officials announced Tuesday.

“We all recognize and acknowledge at the time that all of our artistic and cultural assets will be of little avail if the children in our schools are not exposed from their earliest years to high quality skill-based instruction in art, in music, in dance, in theater and in the digital and media arts,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at a press conference to announce the award. “Without such focus, our kids are unlikely to become participants in the creative economy in the future.”

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