Are You a Potential Panelist?
The California Arts Council is looking for potential panelists to serve on 2014 and subsequent-year panels. We're looking for individuals who have in-depth, long-term and/or a variety of professional experiences in the arts, arts education, arts administration, arts in juvenile justice, and/or related fields.
California Arts Council Members Vote to Create New Programs with One-time State Assembly FundsMore 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.
Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts
How can high-quality arts programs attract and retain low-income urban tweens? Drawing on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide, a new report from the Wallace Foundation offers some answers, including 10 principles for developing effective programming. Learn more about findings from the report Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts during a live webinar on November 21.
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."
ArtPlace Launches 2014 Innovation Grant Applications
Are you a part of the growing creative placemaking movement? ArtPlace America has launched the application process for its 2014 Innovation Grants. Grants ranging from $50,000-$500,000 will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists and designers working with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.
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.
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."
CREATE CA: Restoring the Arts to Schools
The CREATE CA work is paying off
Arts education in California classrooms is receiving some much needed attention by a group of educators, artists, and business leaders through the Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate coalition, known as CREATE CA. See how their work is paying off for our students.
Senior Chinese Cultural Officials meet with Arts Council
Future stops include National Endowment for the Arts and New York City cultural organizations
U.S. arts funding, organizational structure, and grantmaking were just some of the topics covered on Friday, September 6, when twenty-one senior culture officials from China visited Sacramento. The delegates met with Arts Council Director Craig Watson, and Council Member Christopher Coppola at The California Museum, hosted by the Museum‘s Executive Director Dori Moorehead.
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.
Celebrate Arts in Education Week September 8-14
A National Spotlight for Arts Education
Join us in celebrating Arts in Education Week, September 8-14! As the state's arts agency, the California Arts Council is proud to advance arts education in the state through our Artists in Schools program, support of local arts organizations, and leadership role in the statewide arts education coalition CREATE CA. Join our Facebook campaign and share your story about how arts education has impacted your life.
Cultural Data Project offers free orientations in San Jose and Mountain View
Monthly free webinars also available online
Are you new to the Cultural Data Project? Or would you like to learn more about the CDP's powerful reporting tools? CDP is offering free in-person sessions in San Jose and Mountain View December 3 & 4, as well as monthly online webinars.
The California Arts Council congratulates four California recipients selected for 2013 NEA Our Town grants
$500,000 total awarded to California projects
Congratulations to NEA Our Town grant recipients the City of Fresno, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and the City of Santa Monica. $500,000 total will be awarded to creative placemaking projects that will help transform communities in California.
New funds support investment in local communities and expand the impact of the California Arts Council
$2 million savings from State Assembly operating budget directed to arts programs in California communities
The California Arts Council is a proud recipient of $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. The funds, directed to support arts and arts education programs in California communities, will help enhance local creative economies, fund effective arts learning programs, and support the growth of the state’s creative workforce.
NEA's Big Read grant program now open; January 2014 deadline
Libraries, community groups and others can now apply to the signature program from the National Endowment for the Arts
The Big Read, a signature program from the National Endowment for the Arts, is now open for applications. Libraries, community groups and other nonprofits may apply before January 28, 2014. New titles include The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.