California Arts Council

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September 17, 2013Caitlin Fitzwater

California Arts Council Funds 15 Statewide and Regional Arts Networks and Service Organizations

Significant increase from last year's support

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 recipients of 2012-13 Statewide Networks Program funds.

Fifteen organizations that provide services to artists and arts organizations through communications, professional development opportunities, networking, and arts advocacy were approved for a second year of funding at the Arts Council's meeting in June 2013. Grants range between $12,000 and $20,000, with a total program award of $292,000 - an increase of $92,050 from last year's program.

"We are pleased to provide increased support to these very impactful service and networking organizations," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Their work with culturally and geographically diverse communities across the state is essential to the growth of California's creative economy. The Arts Council's Statewide Networks Program allows us to support these organizations, whose work brings artists and arts organizations together to further California's economic and cultural sectors."

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 fifteen 2012-13 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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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. The Alliance works closely with  statewide infrastructure networks to disseminate information about funding issues, artistic opportunities, and meetings to LGBT artists and organizations throughout the state. (Statewide - $20,000)

  • 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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  • 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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  • 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, 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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  • California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •   California Poets in the Schools is committed to helping California K-12 students recognize and celebrate their own imaginations, 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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •    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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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. (Regional - $12,000)

  •   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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •     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. (Statewide - $20,000)

  •  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 reach readers' hands. (Statewide - $20,000)

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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 Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman.


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