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June 14, 2017NEA: Victoria Hutter

National Endowment for the Arts Invests $5.3 Million in California Arts Activities

162 projects and partnerships will benefit from federal arts funding

Pictured: The Regional Organization of Oaxaca in Los Angeles will receive an NEA grant to produce a series of workshops celebrating the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The organization also receives support from the California Arts Council.

SACRAMENTO - The National Endowment for the Arts announced its second round of funding for the 2017 fiscal year today. Federal funds in the amount of $5,326,700 will benefit 162 grantees across the state of California, including $1,142,700 in support of its partnership with the California Arts Council.

Click here for the full announcement from the National Endowment for the Arts, including a detailed list of all 2017 Spring California grantees.

Arts activities directly funded by the NEA are as diverse as the places that foster them. A "pirate ship" installation in Redwood City, Native basketweaving mentorships in Woodland, and a public radio broadcast project in Fresno are just a few examples included among the California projects.

Through its partnership agreement with the California Arts Council, the NEA translates national leadership into local and regional benefit. Together, state and U.S. jurisdiction art agencies receive 40 percent of the NEA's grantmaking funds each year to support their programs and leverage state funding.

"The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the ones in California offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."

Follow the conversation about these projects on Twitter at #NEASpring17.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit

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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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