Administrators of Color Fellowship

Background & Purpose
The California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship (CAC ACF) seeks to address the dearth of opportunities for people of color in arts administration, with the intention of creating a pipeline for people of color across and throughout the arts sector. CAC ACF programming is made possible in part by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation and a one-time increase in state arts funding. Not currently offered.

The Arts Council designated SOAC, a cultural institution in East San Jose, as the statewide Administering Organization for the pilot cohort at a public meeting in September 2019. SOAC, in partnership with SVCreates, will administer the program for two years ending in 2021.

Following a competitive application process in the summer of 2020, SOAC convened a panel of experienced arts administrators and culture bearers to select the inaugural CAC ACF cohort, reflecting the breadth of expertise from arts leaders of color statewide.

To learn more about the pilot cohort of Fellows and Host Organizations, visit our Administrators of Color Fellows page.

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Resources page

Grant Review Panel Process

Staff Assistance:

Before contacting staff, check FAQs to see if application questions can be answered. If staff assistance is still required for guidance or clarification, email is the best way to contact Program Specialists. We recommend that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated. People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, or have difficulty speaking may dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Large print is available upon request.

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