At the arts council
Jaren Bonillo Joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist
Administrator, Artist, and Educator
The California Arts Council is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Arts Program Specialist Jaren Bonillo.
Active in the Bay Area arts scene, Jaren has supported hundreds of Bay Area artists to extend their practice into challenged neighborhoods, under-resourced public schools, detention centers, and nonprofit galleries as an administrator, artist, and educator. She brings over 15 years of experience in grant writing and fund development, program development, financial management, and team leadership to her new role.
Prior to joining the California Arts Council, she served as the Executive Director of the Imagine Bus Project where she strengthened and developed collaborative partnerships between local artists, community partners, donors, and other stakeholders. During her tenure, she shepherded the organization through a Program Model revision, improved the internal operations and infrastructure of the organization, and grew the organization threefold. She also served as Treasurer for the Arts Providers Alliance's Executive Committee in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.
"I am committed and dedicated to creating a just society by working with diverse communities and organizations to ensure that arts participation and engagement is accessible," Jaren says. "I believe the arts have the power to transform lives and build a strong foundation for developing the next generation's leaders and creative thinkers. I am honored and grateful to be joining such an innovative and cutting-edge agency that is highly-regarded as a regional leader for its exemplary work on behalf of all of California's communities and cultures."
Jaren's first day at the Arts Council was June 6, 2016. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.