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A Message from Arts Council Napa Valley

Our thoughts are with the residents, artists, and arts organizations who were affected by the recent earthquake in the Napa Valley region. Our local partner, Arts Council Napa Valley, issued a statement this week on the status of their local arts community. View the statement here and learn about ways you can help. 

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Arts Council Graphic Designer Theresa D'Onofrio Retires

Theresa D'Onofrio, creator of nearly every aspect of our "look," from our business cards to our lively Facebook covers, is retiring from state service. From her initial position at the Arts Council as an Office Technician in 1995, Theresa worked her way up to Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) and presently serves as the agency's Graphic Designer.

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The Story of CA's Arts-in-Corrections Comeback

Arts + Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars Through The Arts

In a National Endowment for the Arts blog post, our director Craig Watson tells the story of California's Arts-in-Corrections comeback, and the partnerships that make this important work possible.

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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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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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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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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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