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Shelly Gilbride joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist

Experience includes PhD in Performance Studies, community dance programming, and arts fundraising 

The California Arts Council welcomes another Arts Program Specialist to the team. With a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis, Shelly Gilbride joins the Arts Council ready to put her studies to good use. She has produced large-scale public dance events and served as a fundraising professional for various artists and arts organizations.

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California Arts Council Announces "Creating Places of Vitality" Grant Recipients

Program supports innovation and partnerships in rural and underserved communities

We're pleased to announce that 85 California arts organizations will receive grants from 2013-14 Creating Places of Vitality program funds. A total of $810,442 will be awarded. This program supports innovation and partnerships in rural and underserved communities, and will reach twenty-four counties, including fourteen rural counties.

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Six California organizations receive NEA Our Town funding

Program supports creative-placemaking efforts in communities

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the most recent round of recipients of the Our Town program supporting creative placemaking. Six California organizations in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and rural northern California will receive grants between $50K and $200K each.

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Help the Arts Council gather input from your community!

We're seeking input on needs and interests for future services to the arts field. During the “listening tours” we held last year, constituents overwhelmingly agreed that the Arts Council is uniquely positioned to provide convening, networking, and training opportunities. In this survey we ask: what topics and training areas are most needed?

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Jason Jong joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist

Experience includes public sector arts grantmaking, cultural arts production, music performance, business development, and nonprofit leadership

The California Arts Council is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Arts Program Specialist Jason Jong. A Sacramento native, Jason's experience includes public sector arts grantmaking, cultural arts production, music performance, business development, and nonprofit leadership. Welcome, Jason!

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California's Kids and Communities Boosted by State Assembly's Investment in the Arts

New grant programs and arts education initiatives will touch 43 California counties

Less than one year ago, on July 15, 2013, the California Arts Council received $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. With this one-time support, the Council was able to fund 34 grant projects and two major arts education initiatives, reaching 43 counties across California.

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California Arts Council Awards more than $1 Million in Grants aimed at Transforming Communities through the Arts

Twenty-four projects reaching nineteen counties supported by the new Creative California Communities grant program

The Arts Council will support 24 projects in communities across the state through a new program, Creative California Communities. This program will transform communities by harnessing arts and culture as a key economic development strategy.

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Arts Council Invests in Public Media Arts Programming

Three California public media outlets will receive support from the California Arts Council for new and expanded arts programming reaching 37 California counties. Grant awards to KQED, PBS SoCaL, and Radio Bilingüe will support the creation, broadcast, and promotion of original programs highlighting the arts and their value.

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Arts-in-Corrections Programs Return to California State Prisons

California Arts Council announces contract awards for organizations providing rehabilitative arts services in state correctional facilities,in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


On June 5th, the California Arts Council awarded contracts to seven organizations for Arts-in-Corrections programs in fourteen state correctional facilities. Rehabilitative arts services will be provided by The Actors' Gang, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Dance Kaiso, Marin Shakespeare Company, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the William James Association.

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Arts Organizations Receive California Arts Council Grants for Programs Benefiting At-Risk Youth

California Arts Council awards more than $200,000 to help at-risk youth and support quality arts education programs within the juvenile justice system

The California Arts Council awarded more than $200,000 to help at-risk youth and support quality arts education programs within the juvenile justice system. Seven organizations in diverse locations across California will receive funds to provide arts programs benefiting at-risk youth, through the Arts Council's pilot competitive grant program, JUMP StArts.

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Malissa Feruzzi Shriver Receives National Arts Education Leadership  Award

The Americans for the Arts Arts Education Award honors the best in arts education leadership. Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, former chair of the California Arts Council, received this national recognition for her arts education advocacy work and numerous leadership position in California and nationally. 

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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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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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