California Arts Council

State of California

Artists Activating Communities

Kala Art Institute

A new pilot grant program, Artists Activating Communities (AAC) supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society.  AAC Projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.

  • A California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency, OR a social service/community nonprofit organization. Organizations such as libraries, housing agencies, senior centers, veterans’ services agencies, or hospitals may be eligible to apply.
  • Application must be submitted by a nonprofit organization, but project must be developed in partnership with one or more California-based artists, and the artists’ work must be the focus of the project.
  • Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying for and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grants programs as long as those funds are used for different purposes.
  • Use of Fiscal Sponsors allowed in this program.

Shelly Gilbride
Programs Officer

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Program Goals

Projects demonstrate how artists are integral to healthy communities and how artists’ projects can bring people together, build community, and foster social progress. Artists and their artistic processes are the center of project activities.

Thoughtful and engaged creative processes will encourage people to be active in their communities. Artist-driven projects will foster shared understanding and a sense of community through participation in the arts.



Guidelines & Application Available:
January 2016

Application Deadline:
March 2, 2016, 5:00 PM

Panel Dates
Panel 1 - March 28-30, 2016

Panel 2 - April 6-8, 2016

Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017