California Arts Council

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February 08, 2011Mary Beth Barber

Sacramento Arts Organizations Recognized for Work in Schools and Communities

Senate Pro Tem Steinberg and the California Arts Council Honor 14 Organizations that Contribute to "Creative California"

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State Senate Pro Temp and other legislators will join the California Arts Council on February 14, 2011, for a grant awards presentation in Sacramento to honor 14 arts organizations and highlight the high-quality work they do in regional Sacramento-area schools and communities.  The presentation will take place in the State Senate Chambers and start at 9:30 a.m.

Other local legislators invited to participate include: Sen. Doug LaMalfa, Sen. Ted Gaines, Sen. Lois Wolk, Assm. Richard Pan, Assm. Roger Dickinson, Assm. Dan Logue, Assm. Jim Nielsen, and Assm. Mariko Yamada.

"These California Arts Council grantees work hard to bring the arts to Sacramento--many for children who otherwise might not have access to the arts," said Muriel Johnson, the recently retired Director of the California Arts Council.  "Other grantees contribute to their community with programs that encourage public participation and community building through collaborations with other organizations. Sacramento is fortunate to have such dedicated organizations."

The bulk of the funds provided for California Arts Council grants come from sales and renewals of the Arts License Plate, an iconic specialty plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. The Arts Plate was introduced in 1994 and has provided over $20 million in funding for arts programs for children and communities since that time. The Franchise Tax Board released an informational letter in late 2009 stating that the portion Californians pay for the Arts Plate may be considered a charitable contribution to the California Arts Council, and a handful of businesses have taken advantage of the clarification to make the California Arts Council and the Arts Plate part of their charitable giving plans.

The California Arts Council will honor grantees in four programs: Artists in Schools, Creating Public Value, Statewide Networks, and the State-Local Partnership Program. The Artists in Schools recipient organizations provide high quality arts training to K-12 children by professional artists during the school day or in after-school programs. Creating Public Value grant awards are given to arts organizations in rural and underserved areas to implement projects that strengthen relationships within their communities, demonstrate relevance to those they serve, and show a positive return on investment.  Statewide Networks grantees strengthen the arts statewide by providing communications, networking, professional development opportunities, and arts advocacy. And the State-Local Partnership Program's goal is to strengthen the arts infrastructure at the local level and ensure that there is a local arts agency in as many California counties as possible.  A list of the organizations honored and the specific grants information is attached.

For more information, contact the California Arts Council's communications director Mary Beth Barber at (916) 322-6588, (916) 835-5580 (cell) or The California State Senate Chamber is located in the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento at the corner of 10th and Capitol Avenue.

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California Arts Council Grant Awards Presentation
Sacramento -- February 14, 2010

Artists in Schools Program

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission advances its community through dynamic, responsive programs that support the arts, build community, and contribute to making the region a major cultural destination for citizens and visitors alike. (also a State-Local Partnership Program grantee) ($8,908)

Very Special Arts Very Special Arts of California provides arts, education, and cultural opportunities by, with, and for people with disabilities, making the arts accessible to people of all abilities. ($9,066)

Yolo County Arts Council Yolo County Arts Council cultivates and advocates support for the arts, participates in advancement of arts education in schools and community, and fosters communication among artists, business, education, government and the residents of Yolo County. ($9,600)


Creating Public Value Program

Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes Through dance and music, Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes promotes Mexican culture to its community to demonstrate the beauty and richness unique to Mexico. ($9,900)

La Raza Galeria Posada La Raza Galeria Posada advances, celebrates, and preserves the art and culture of Chicano, Latino, and Native American populations for present and future generations. ($8,900)

Yolo County Arts Council (see above) ($9,900)


Statewide Networks Program

Association of California Symphony Orchestras The Association of California Symphony Orchestras provides leadership and services to classical music producers and presenters in California and the region encouraging and supporting their artistic, organizational, and fiscal development. ($18,000)

California Lawyers for the Arts California Lawyers for the Arts establishes a bridge between the arts and the legal community so that: artists and art groups may gain greater competence in handling legal and business aspects of their creative activities, the legal profession may become more aware of and involved in issues affecting artists and the arts community, and, the law may become more responsive to the needs and interests of the arts community. ($20,000)

California Presenters California Presenters advances professional touring and presenting of the performing arts through leadership, development and support of presenters, artists, artist management and other arts organizations. ($17,000)

California Indian Basketweavers Association California Indian Basketweavers Association preserves, promotes, and perpetuates California Indian basketweaving traditions while providing a healthy physical, social, spiritual, and economic environment for basketweavers. This organization works to create a functioning network of basketweavers who support one another in their gathering and weaving activities, and who pass their tradition to the next generation. ($20,000)


State-Local Partnership Program

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (see above) ($15,000)

Friends of the Arts, Butte County Friends of the Arts creates a path to cultural heritage and to the future through the arts. Friends of the Arts is dedicated to advancing the arts in a way that promotes communication, education, economic development, appreciation and collaboration throughout the county to grow creatively as a community.  ($15,000)

Colusa County Arts Council Colusa County Arts Council provides a county-wide arts program which enriches all members of the community and provides a voice for the cultural heritage and creativity of its people. ($10,000)

El Dorado Arts Council El Dorado Arts Council enriches and educates the community in all the arts. They support the cultural and economic development of El Dorado County by advocating and creating the highest quality artistic and educational opportunities for visitors and residents. ($15,000)

Arts Collaborative of Nevada County The Arts Collaborative of Nevada County facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of its community. ($10,000)

Yolo County Arts Council (see above) ($15,000)

Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council The Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council plays an essential role in ensuring that the highest quality and widest variety of arts and cultural activities and presentations are available for their community. ($30,000)

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Karen Skelton, and Susan Steinhauser.

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