The Muckenthaler to Expand its Rehabilitative Arts Program to Help Crittenton Youth

The Muckenthaler to Expand its Rehabilitative Arts Program to Help Crittenton Youth

June 17, 2015

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Muckenthaler LogoFULLERTON, Calif. ­­– The California Arts Council announced the Muckenthaler Cultural Center will receive an award of $30,400 as part of its JUMP StArts grant program and $86,176 for two new Arts-in-Corrections program contracts.

Now in its second year, JUMP StArts supports high-quality arts education and artist-in-residence programs for the target population of at-risk youth—youth within the jurisdiction of California’s juvenile justice system—in classroom, after-school, or incarceration settings. Thirty-three organizations from across California applied for JUMP StArts funds, with only eight organizations receiving awards for this highly competitive and limited-funds grant program. The Muckenthaler’s project was ranked highest (10 out of 10) and deemed a model program, thus the Muckenthaler will be funded 80% of their request totaling $30,400.

The California Arts Council has also granted the Muck (as it is affectionately called) two contracts for rehabilitative arts services through the Arts-in-Corrections program at Ironwood and Lassen County prisons totaling $86,176. This will be the 2nd year the Muck has participated in institutional programs with state correctional facilities.

The JUMP StArts grant will now fund the Muck’s arts STEAM program within the Crittenton Residential Treatment Center’s school for at-risk teen youth. The program will be during the school day and exist as an arts component of Crittenton’s STEAM programming efforts. The Crittenton Residential Treatment Center is a group home for system-involved teen girls who are receiving short-term intensive mental health services due to years of unaddressed emotional and complex-trauma, and that were not able to safely reunite with their biological family or a foster family.

The school’s trauma-informed curriculum and extracurricular activities are designed to help at-risk youth catch up to grade level and excel with peer support. The Muck currently provides afterschool arts programs in ceramics and fabric arts at the main campus of Crittenton’s Residential Treatment Center.

Crittenton has supported us in an amazing six year partnership with comprehensive arts programs at four sites for 16 hours/week valued at $76,800 in annual contracts from the agency.

This program will differ from past programming efforts at Crittenton in that it will be during the school day and exist as an arts component of our partnered STEAM programming. The Muck will provide programs in 3D modeling in partnership with Pacific Miniatures (PacMin), the world’s foremost aeronautic modeling company, based in Fullerton, Calif. and run by the Muck’s board president.

We will also incorporate e-Design teaching photography, journalist writing, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design taught by a top industry instructor.

“This investment in California’s at-risk youth will greatly benefit our state’s most vulnerable young people and our communities,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Research from the National Endowment for the Arts confirms that the arts are a successful tool in redirecting at-risk youth. At-risk students with access to the arts tend to have higher career goals, better workforce opportunities, better academic results, and increased civic engagement.”

View the California Arts Council’s complete press release at this link:

Long running shelter programs along with institutional curriculum and all new STEAM programs make up just a portion of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s reach in the community! Visit to learn more about our mission!

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The Muck commits to the mission of providing the community with experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination and conserving the heritage of the Muckenthaler Estate. Commissioned at an original cost of $35,000, the Muckenthaler home was built by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler in 1924 atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room, 8.5-acres mansion was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler, who wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public.

In 1999, the Muckenthaler received designation by the National Register of Historic Places. In its 50th year, the Muck produces more than 60 performances, gallery exhibits, festivals and special events; and more than 2,000 hours of arts education classes at the Muck and in 28 outreach sites serving more than 43,000 people every year.

We also host more than 75 weddings and corporate events. Our awards and accolades include the 2009 Fullerton Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life award for best non-profit organization in the city, the 2010 Arts Program of the Year award from Arts Orange County, and past reader’s poll awards from OC Parenting for Best Historic Site. We are also an OC Register’s finalist for Best Museum, the 2012 winner for Orange Coast Magazine’s Most Eclectic Venue, the 2013 winner for Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Arts Education, and 2014 winner for OC Register’s Best Art Gallery.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation, the Muck, is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton California 92833. For more information about this or other events at the Muck, please visit