Materials from the Arts In Corrections legislative informational hearing by the Joint Committee on the Arts
Various members of the Legislature, Arts Council staff, and experts in the field met on May 3, 2013, in Los Angeles to explore benefits of arts programs for incarcerated adults and youth
The following materials were distributed at the Joint Committee on the Arts legislative informational hearing "Undereducate - Overincarcerate: Can the Arts Help to Turn this Around" on May 3, 2013, at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The hearing was sponsored by Senator Curren Price, Jr., Chair.
New tool from the National Endowment for the Arts informs on artists' impact on labor force
The NEA data resource can view by state, metro area
A new data tool from the National Endowment for the Arts demonstrates the impact artists have on the national economy. "Artists represent just 1.4 percent of the labor force, but they have an outsized role as entrepreneurs and innovators who contribute to the vitality of the communities where they live and work," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. SEE PRESS RELEASE * SEE DATA TOOL
STUDY: Arts diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area, from Theatre Bay Area
The newly released report examines trends in the arts in one of California's largest metro areas
Theatre Bay Area released a new, landmark study this week that examines diversity in the live theatre industry in the five-county San Francisco Bay Area region. SEE PRESS RELEASE * SEE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY * SEE FULL REPORT
San Diego's Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez receives National Heritage Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts
Californian is one of 9 recipients of nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts
Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez, a San Diego artist and former California Arts Council "Artists in Communities" grantee, has received a 2013 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. SEE PRESS RELEASE * SEE SANCHEZ BIO * 2014 NOMINATION FORM
Thirteen California organizations receive NEA "Big Read" Funds for 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its 2013 "Big Read" recipients. Seventy-seven organizations received funding nationally, with 13 of them in California.
Departure of Rob Lautz, longtime Arts Council staffer
Arts Program Specialist Rob Lautz will be leaving the California Arts Council to accept a position at the Department of Developmental Services. Rob's last day at the Arts Council will be Friday, June 7, 2013.
Memorial Weekend Launch of "Blue Star" Museums Program for Active Military and Families
The program honoring active duty military with free entry to museums during summer months enters 4th year
Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor those who give to our country through military service. And it's the launch of the fourth year for the Blue Star Museum initiative, where active duty military and their families receive free admission during summer. Approximately 2,000 museums nationwide now participate, including 140 in California.
Capitol Display of Visual Arts from California K-12 Schools
Schools throughout California are eligible to submit to Legislature for consideration
The California Arts Council took a stroll through the Capitol hallways this month, and noticed some beautiful artwork from two schools in the state. Turns out the Legislature has a program to show off the best from California K-12 schools. Continue reading for information on how your school could be considered.
Major California local government publication features economic benfit of arts and culture on cover
The piece by the Director of the California Arts Council examines how local entities can look to the arts to boost their economies and communities
This month's issue of Western City magazine -- the official magazine of the League of California Cities -- features a cover story by the California Arts Council's Director discussing the benefits of arts to local economies and communities. SEE ARTICLE * SEE RESOURCE LIST
Webcast Available of Legislative Informational Hearing on Arts in Corrections
Missed the legislative informational hearing on Arts in Corrections in Los Angeles on May 3? No problem! The webcast of the hearing featuring speakers from the California Arts Council and others involved in the field (like actor/director Tim Robbins) is available online, as noted by the Los Angeles Times.
First annual Exemplary Arts Program Award for 13 California schools
Superintendent Tom Torlakson includes arts and nutrition in the California Department of Education award program
Thirteen schools were recognized for their arts education programs when Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson announced the "Exemplary Arts Program Awards" in early May. This year is the first year that arts education was included as a category for the Exemplary Schools honor. SEE PRESS RELEASE
Listening Tour for New Strategic Plan Continues;
Next up: San Diego on June 19 and San Jose on June 25
The California Arts Council is in the process of creating a new Strategic Plan. To gather your ideas, the Arts Council is conducting a "listening tour," a series of meetings to ask for input from interested Californians. Our last stops are San Diego on June 19, San Jose on June 25 and Costa Mesa on July 25.
"Arts Education" now included for the Distinguished Schools Award--Apply Now!
State Superintendent re-institutes category in K-12 school program; schools must apply by early December
Each year the California Department of Education acknowledges exemplary schools in its "Distinguished Schools" program. This year there's a new status included: Arts Education.
The California Arts License Plate: the iconic image that means arts for California communities and children
The California Arts License Plate, designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud, first hit the roadways in 1994. Since then sales and renewals of the plate have provided over $20 million for the arts in California -- in addition to creating an iconic California image that has become famous worldwide.