California Arts Council

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

Josy Miller joins the Arts Council as Arts Program Specialist

Theatre director, scholar, and educator

We are delighted to welcome Josy Miller to the staff of the California Arts Council as our Arts Education Programs Specialist. A theatre director, scholar, and educator, Josy recently received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, where her work focused on contemporary Shakespeare performance. Josy was previously the Artistic Director of Hapgood Theatre Company, an Equity theatre in East Contra Costa County and a founding faculty member of the Oakland School for the Arts.


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Eight Grant Programs Now Open

The 2016 grant application season is underway! Guidelines and applications for six of our grant programs are now available, with our Artists in Schools program launching next week. With ongoing assessment of our grant programs and the addition of new programs, all guidelines and applications have been revised this year. Please read eligibility and program requirements carefully.

New this week:

NEW GRANT PROGRAM! A new pilot grant program, Cultural Pathways (CP) is rooted in the California Arts Council's commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California's diverse populations. This program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.  Deadline: March 10, 2016.

Local Impact (LI) fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts. Deadline: March 16, 2016.

Coming next week: Artists in Schools (AIS) supports projects that integrate community arts resources -- artists and professional art organizations  -- into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning at school sites. New this year, we have added an optional Professional Development grant category to support co-learning opportunities for teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators. Professional Development projects may supplement AIS residencies for students, or may stand alone.

Click here to view a complete listing of our open programs. 


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Nominations Open: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is inviting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Past California recipients include the Armory Center for the Arts and the City of San Fernando Mariachi Master Apprentice Program. Apply by February 2, 2016.


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