Arts Education: Increasing California Students’ Success

Arts education reduces dropout rates, significantly improving school attendance, graduation rates, and workforce readiness. The Arts Council places a high priority on helping California’s young people succeed, with more than 50% of the agency’s resources invested in arts education programs and initiatives.

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Arts in Communities: Boosting California’s Economy

Nearly 8% of California’s gross state product, and nearly 10% of California jobs, arise from the creative sector. Today’s CEOs name “creativity” as the number-one trait they seek when hiring. The Arts Council supports cultural programs and initiatives that stimulate and revitalize California’s communities.

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California: Home to More Artists than Any Other State

California is recognized as one of the leading creative capitals in the world. A high concentration of arts in communities leads to less poverty, more civic engagement, and social cohesion – making California a great place to live and to visit.

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Make a difference with
your state tax return

Support California arts education programs by donating to the Keep Arts in Schools
“Voluntary Contribution Fund” on your tax return.

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Tomorrow’s innovators need arts education today. You can support arts education programs in California by putting an arts license plate on your California vehicle.

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This is an exciting time for the arts in California. We aim to ensure that the arts are recognized, celebrated, and supported in communities across our state. Thank you to all who support the arts in California – whether in the halls of the Capitol, at the front of a classroom, or in the audience of your local theater. We are your California Arts Council. And we are honored to serve you. Meet the Council >>

Grantee Spotlight

Creative California Communities Grantee – Plumas County

"Plumas Artisan Made" provides business training for local artist entrepreneurs in the far north of California.

Arts on the Air Grantee – Central Valley

Radio Bilingüe is producing the "Raices - Los Maestros" series, highlighting innovative Latino artistswho are ensuring that younger generations know and experience art.

Creating Places of Vitality Grantee – Humboldt County

The MARZ Project provides ongoing arts instruction and job-training services for neighborhood youth.

JUMP StArts Grantee –
Los Angeles County

At-risk and in-crisis youth receive standards-based arts education and mentorship.

About the Arts Council

About the Arts Council

The California Arts Council builds public will and resources for the arts; fosters accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serves as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and provides relevant programs and services.

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