Statewide Arts Programming Gets $16.3 Million Boost from California Arts Council

Nearly 1,100 arts and culture projects receive funding in support of agency’s mission to advance California through arts and creativity

SACRAMENTO, CA — Grants totaling $16,376,475 have been awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government across California, the California Arts Council announced this week. A total of 1,080 grants will be disbursed to fund work in alignment with the values of the California Arts Council, heralding the arts as a societal cornerstone that unites and builds community, and embracing diversity as a source of vibrancy for the state of California.

This year, the California Arts Council offered opportunities for funding in 14 unique grant program areas, fostering safe and healthy communities, arts learning, and equitable access to the arts. The total award amount increased by more than $1.3 million over last year’s investment.

“To show support for these organizations—the ones who inspire and make those crucial connections to creativity and culture within our communities-it’s a confirmation of our faith in and gratitude for that vision,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “This is without a doubt the most fulfilling aspect of our work as Council Members each year, to recognize those doing real, organic work to make a difference for the people of California.”

“Our state is the most creative state in the country, by far. There’s no shortage to the hunger for arts and culture experiences. Governor Brown and our legislators have shown through a continued steady increase in funding that they understand and share that appetite,” said Anne Bown-Crawford, California Arts Council Director. “We’re honored to offer our support for these programs that promote what can only be described as essential to our way of life in California.”

In addition to the programs listed above, the California Arts Council achieves its mission of California’s advancement through the arts through other grant initiatives. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Arts Council invested $70,000 in its California Cultural Districts program, a pilot program aimed at leveraging the state’s artistic and cultural assets; $150,000 in its Arts and Accessibility program, administered in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center; and $160,000 to support California Poetry Out Loud, a statewide initiative through the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The California Arts Council also administers the state’s Arts in Corrections program through an interagency partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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