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NEA awards nearly $5M to California arts organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that one hundred and thirty-two grants, totaling $4,848,900, will be awarded to California arts organizations and agencies. "NEA support reaches many diverse communities across our state, from Venice to Arcata, Fresno to San Diego," said Craig Watson. "Federal support for the arts plays a critical role in maintaining California's vibrant arts ecosystem, and contributing to the economic growth and success of our communities."

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Los Angeles Mayor supports Arts Council Budget Restoration

Letter of Support presented at Los Angeles ArtsDay

Hundreds of arts supporters gathered at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, April 11 to mark L.A.'s Annual ArtsDay, organized by Arts for LA. At the event, Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the California Arts Council with a letter proclaiming his support for restored state funding for the California Arts Council.

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Keep Arts in Schools Fund and TurboTax

Tips when doing your taxes using this popular consumer software

Various California Arts Council employees have been doing their own taxes this month, and learned how to join the Keep Arts in Schools Fund campaign when using the popular TurboTax software from the California company Intuit. We pass along our best advice and tips.

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Ovation supports California Arts Council with "Stand for the Arts" Initiative

The California Arts Council is thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the Ovation Foundation for national attention in their "Stand for the Arts" campaign, which launched on March 25th in Washington, D.C. One of their three causes is restoration of the California Arts Council's budget.

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Marin County's Shayna Maci Warner Named California Poetry Out Loud Champion

Shayna Maci Warner, a senior at Marin School of the Arts in Marin County took first place in the 2014 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud. Haley Walker (Monterey County) was the first runner-up and Wyatt Price (Nevada County) was the second runner-up. View a detailed press release at this link.

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Partial restoration of Arts Council budget proposed

Proposed legislation would restore, improve California Arts Council services

Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced at a hearing of the Joint Committee of the Arts that he will introduce legislation to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to $25 million, a level not seen in more than a decade.

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Join our team! Arts Grants Administrator Vacancies

The California Arts Council will be hiring individuals to fill program administrator positions for the first time in over ten years. Currently there are two vacancies to be filled. This is a rare opportunity to join a hard working agency during an exciting time of growth. Check out the posting at this link and help spread the word! The current testing period closes on March 30, 2014.

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2012-13 Annual Report Released

We're excited to share our 2012-13 Annual Report, celebrating milestones of the past year and previewing an exciting future for the arts and creativity in California. This year's report features photos from our amazing grantees. Click here to download the report. Printed copies available upon request, e-mail

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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Calls for Participation in the Unity Project

Creating the "most incredible and biggest poem on unity in the world"

California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera invites all Californians to participate in the Unity Project. Send Herrera words, poems, and thoughts to help create the largest poem on unity. We encourage teachers to consider participating via a classroom project with their students. Submit poems to

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Oakland School for the Arts Director Donn Harris Appointed to the California Arts Council

On Friday, December 20 Governor Brown announced the appointment of Donn Harris of San Francisco to the California Arts Council. Harris has been executive and artistic director at the Oakland School for the Arts since 2007.

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Creative Economy Report on L.A. Region Expands Statewide with Lead Support from the California Arts Council

The Otis Creative Economy Report on the L.A. Region will expand statewide with lead support from the California Arts Council. This commitment underscores our Council's belief that creativity is essential to California's successful workforce investment and economic development strategies.

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California Arts Council Members Vote to Create New Programs with One-time State Assembly Funds

More than $1.5 million invested in programs and initiatives supporting arts education, at-risk youth, and community transformation through the arts

At a public meeting in L.A. last Wednesday, members of the California Arts Council voted in support of five new programs and initiatives to be funded by one-time support from the California State Assembly. More than $1.5 million will be invested in programs and initiatives supporting arts education, at-risk youth, and community transformation through the arts. Read the complete press release at this link.

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The Arts: a solution for CA’s overcrowded prisons

In a new opinion piece, actor Tim Robbins and California Senator Ted Lieu propose using the arts as one solution to California's prisoner crowding crisis. They point out "Arts-in-corrections programs have helped inmates express and manage their emotions; gain new insights; change destructive behaviors; and transform lives. These programs can bring down the recidivism rate."

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Announcing California Arts Council Grantees

$2.8 million in support provided to communities across the state

We are pleased to announce recent grant awards for our signature programs: Artists in Schools, Creating Places of Vitality, State-Local Partnership, and Statewide Networks. 268 grants were awarded totaling more than $2.8 million in support. 

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Californians can help "Keep Arts in Schools" at tax time

Great news! Californians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax returns. On Monday, September 30, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 571, returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund."

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Free Health Care Law Workshops

Understanding the New Health Care Law for the Creative Arts Community

Are you confused about health care reform? The Actor's Fund and California Lawyers for the Arts are presenting a series of free workshops aimed at helping you understand how the new health care law affects freelancers, the self-employed, and the general creative arts community. Free workshops will take place in Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

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