California Arts Council

State of California

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September 13, 2012Mary Beth Barber

California Arts Council Funds 16 Statewide and Regional Arts Networks and Service Organizations

The Statewide Networks Program supports organizational capacity and delivery of services to artists and arts organizations to strengthen California's arts field

Sacramento -
The California Arts Council, as part of its goal to support arts networking and infrastructure in California, announces the 2011-12 Statewide Networks Program grantees. Sixteen organizations that provide services to artists and arts organizations through communications, professional development opportunities, networking and arts advocacy were approved for funding at the Arts Council's meeting in June 2012. Grants range between $6,650 and $15,000, with a total program award of $200,050.

"California is one of the most creative and artistic states in the nation - as well as the most populous, racially diverse, and with great geographic differences," said Craig Watson. "Networking organizations that bring California artists and arts organizations together are absolutely essential to the survival of these vital sectors of the creative economy. Support through the Arts Council's Statewide Networks Program can further California's economic and cultural goals that result from a strong arts network."

The Statewide Networks Program funds organizations with at least a two-year track record of developing their field and providing services to their constituent base in one of two categories: "Statewide," defined as serving artists and/or arts organizations throughout California, or "Regional," referring to organizations serving constituencies in at least three non-contiguous counties. The 16 2011-12 Statewide Networks Program grantees are:

  • Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists. Folk and traditional artists are tradition bearers: people who transmit what they believe, know, do and create with others who share a common heritage. From Ohlone basketry and African-American quilt-making to cowboy poetry and Vietnamese opera, California is home to hundreds of diverse traditions. ($15,000)
  • Association of California Symphony Orchestras is a nonprofit membership association providing leadership and services to classical music producers and presenters in California and the region encouraging and supporting their artistic, organizational, and fiscal development. ($12,750)
  • California LGBT Arts Alliance promotes artistic collaborations, financial partnerships and public policies that enhance the artistic, organizational and economic development of the state's LGBT arts organizations and individual artists working in all disciplines, with a focus on information resources on funding issues, artistic opportunities, and meetings of LGBT artists. ($12,000)
  • California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) promotes, supports, and advocates for visual and performing arts education for California's 6.3 million students in preschool through 12th grade. CAAE focuses on state policy, local coalition building, and public advocacy. ($13,500)
  • California Association of Museums (CAM) supports museums and related institutions in California for the benefit of California's citizens. CAM connects museum professionals and volunteers with timely information and practical resources, fostering the strength and growth of museums that are relevant and effective organizations making a positive impact on California. ($15,000)
  • California Dance Network/Dancers' Group is an alliance of dance service organizations throughout California that partners with organizations to strengthen, connect, unify and promote the state's thriving dance field. In addition to advocacy and statewide networking, the organization provides tools to dance artists to facilitate online self promotion and present audiences with information about dance events in their locale. ($12,750)
  • California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) is dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating California Indian basket weaving traditions. CIBA increases Californians access to traditional cultural resources on public and tribal lands, as well as raises awareness, increases communication, and provides education for Native Americans, the public, and arts, education, and environmental agencies about the artistry, practices and concerns of Native American Basketweavers. ($13,500)
  • California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolutions to artists, including innovative e-learning programs, educational programs focused on intellectual property disputes, and reduced and/or pro bono legal services for artists. ($15,000)
  • California Poets in the Schools is committed to helping California K-12 students recognize and celebrate their own imagination, intuition and intellectual curiosity through the creative writing process. The organization brings trained, published poets into California classrooms, serving over 25,000 students annually, as well as building partnerships between school districts, local communities, professional poets and the students. ($13,500)
  • California Presenters is a statewide coalition of performing-arts presenting organizations committed to connecting, engaging and developing performing arts professionals from organizations of different sizes and structures throughout California. California Presenters supports its membership through networking, professional development, mentorships and leadership opportunities. ($13,500)
  • California Theatre Network is a statewide network launched in 2009 to unite, inform and promote theatre communities across the state. The organization, led by Theatre Bay Area, leverages the resources of the LA Stage Alliance, Arts Orange County, the League of Sacramento Theatres, and Theatre Bay Area to effectively communicate with California's live theatre community. ($10,500)
  • Dance Resource Center for Greater LA is a service organization that provides the dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels. ($6,650)
  • Latino Arts Network supports and strengthens the Latino arts community of California through technical assistance and services to artists and arts organizations; sponsorship of travelling exhibitions and performances; and advocacy efforts concerning issues within the Latino arts community. ($13,500)
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) promotes the advancement, development and funding of Latino/a film and media arts, from the grassroots and community based level to industry-based producers and artists working in film, television, documentaries and new media. NALIP's goal is to increase the quality and quantity of images by and about Latinos/as in all aspects of media. ($13,500)
  • Pro Arts is a regionally based arts networking organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving as a regional hub for arts activities, independently curated exhibitions, open studios, advocacy, and arts education. Pro Arts also provides capacity-building artist services, fiscal sponsorship, and professional exhibition services matching artists with community partners. ($6,650)
  • Small Press Distribution (SPD) is a California literary arts service organization that provides the public access to independently published literature. SPD works to insure that books from California's nonprofit literary publishers and their authors can be known to booksellers, librarians, educators, and other book buyers - and eventually to readers' hands. ($12,750)

Members of the media interested in more information about the California Arts Council's Statewide Networks Program may contact Mary Beth Barber, Information Officer, at 916-322-6588 or  For more information on the California Arts Council, please go to .

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser, and Rosalind Wyman.

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