California Arts Council

State of California

Artists IN Communities

Kala Art Institute

Artists in Communities (AC, formerly Artists Activating Communities) supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating that artists are integral to healthy communities and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress. AC centralizes artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. AC Projects are artist-driven, and engage community members as active participants.

  • Application must be submitted by an 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.
  • An applicant must be one of the following: a California-based nonprofit arts organization, unit of government, OR a social service/community nonprofit organization. Organizations such as libraries, housing agencies, senior centers, cultural centers, or hospitals may be eligible to apply.
  • Use of fiscal sponsors is allowed in this program.

Projects primarily serving children up to age 18 (PreK-12) cannot apply to Artists in Communities. Refer to Arts Education on how to seek support for these projects.

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.


Application Available:
December 5, 2017
Application Deadline:
January 23, 2018, 5:00 PM
Panel Review Dates:
February 26 - 28, 2018
March 14 - 16, 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019