California Arts Council

State of California

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Here’s what’s happening now at the California Arts Council:

Resources for Wildfire-Affected Artists & Communities

With the recent wildfires in our state, we want to remind everyone that the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) has emergency relief grants and interest free loans available for eligible artists working in craft disciplines. Guidelines and eligibility are available on the CERF+ website. The application process is quick and easy, with a rapid response of 2 weeks to give artists the help they need as soon as possible.

A wealth of information on emergency readiness for all artists can be found at


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Jaren Bonillo Joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist

 Administrator, Artist, and Educator

The California Arts Council is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Arts Program Specialist Jaren Bonillo.

Active in the Bay Area arts scene, Jaren has supported hundreds of Bay Area artists to extend their practice into challenged neighborhoods, under-resourced public schools, detention centers, and nonprofit galleries as an administrator, artist, and educator. She brings over 15 years of experience in grant writing and fund development, program development, financial management, and team leadership to her new role. Prior to joining the California Arts Council, she served as the Executive Director of the Imagine Bus Project where she strengthened and developed collaborative partnerships between local artists, community partners, donors, and other stakeholders. During her tenure, she shepherded the organization through a Program Model revision, improved the internal operations and infrastructure of the organization, and grew the organization threefold. She also served as Treasurer for the Arts Providers Alliance's Executive Committee in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.


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