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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!

The Arts Council just issued a survey to the field, asking for input on needs and interests for future services from the agency. When gathering input for our new strategic plan, our constituents overwhelmingly agreed that the Arts Council is uniquely positioned to provide convening, networking, and training opportunities. So now 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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An Historic Day for the Arts in California

2014-15 state budget includes $5 million increase in arts funding

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a one-time $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the first time in over ten years the arts have seen an increase of general fund monies, after support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% in 2003.

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Patty Milich Announces Her Retirement   

More than 25 Years of Dedicated Service to California's Arts Community

Patty Milich will retire from the state after working at the California Arts Council for more than 25 years. Patty serves on the Executive Staff as the Programs Officer overseeing the administration of all grants programs and some special initiatives. Over the years, Patty wore many hats at the CAC, providing outstanding service to California's arts community in various roles. Friday, June 27, 2014 is Patty's last full-time day in the office.

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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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CA schools join President Obama’s ‘Turnaround Arts’ partnership

The California Arts Council is the proud founding sponsor for Turnaround Arts CA -- a program using arts education strategies to significantly improve ten of California's lowest performing elementary schools. The Council invested $300,000 in the launch of this powerful arts education initiative, using one-time funds generously provided by the California State Assembly.

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Statewide Arts Education Initiative Linking Creativity and the "Common Core" Launches in California

Experts from across California to develop online arts training resources for educators

A project of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, funded by the California Arts Council and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This week marks the launch of "Creativity at the Core," a project of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, funded by the California Arts Council in partnership with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This statewide initiative will help teachers and administrators navigate the new Common Core standards by using the arts in professional development training, leading to student success in Common Core and 21st Century learning.

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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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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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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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