Arts Education Exposure

Background & Purpose

In 2016, the CAC expanded our arts education offerings to include the Arts Education Exposure (AEE) program. The purpose of the Exposure program is to support attendance at high-quality performances and exhibits for students who would particularly benefit from these experiences. Students may be identified as priority communities for participation due to socio-economic status, geographic region, or other aspects of students’ life experiences that elevate the impact of having opportunities to engage with these cultural assets. Exposure program experiences may include art exhibits and performances, field trips to arts venues, and/or in-school assemblies that are special presentations by arts and culture practitioners.

Artists involved in this grant category will demonstrate the highest level of rigor and commitment to craft, and their work will offer deep cultural resonance with the student communities to be served. Student artwork, whether prepared in advance or executed onsite, is not appropriate as the artistic focus of this grant category. The impact of student attendance at artistic events should be complemented by pre- and post-attendance activities, such as artist talkbacks, teaching artist workshops, and/or facility tours.

Eligible Request Amounts 
Applicant organizations can request up to $25,000 for the one-year grant activity period. 

Funding Restrictions 

  • The sum of requests during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year for organizations with total revenue above $250,000.
  • No funding restrictions for organizations with total revenue below $250,000.

Application Restrictions

Organizations may apply for only one (1) 2024 Arts & Youth Grant Program, including:

  • Creative Youth Development
  • Arts Education Exposure
  • Arts Integration Training

Matching Funds

No requirement for matching funds.

Grant Program Overview

Overview video coming soon.

Office Hours

Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the Arts Integration Training and Arts Education Exposure grant programs. Join Arts Program Specialist Emily Taggart and Arts Program Manager Josy Miller as they discuss your organization-specific grant application questions. Prospective applicants are welcome to drop in during any session; registration is not required. The AIT and AEE office hour schedule and links for each session are listed below:

Wednesday, April 10, 2-3 p.m. – Click to join

Thursday, April 25, 9-10 a.m. – Click to join

Monday, May 6, noon-1 p.m. – Click to join

Thursday, May 16, 4-5 p.m. – Click to join

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:


Guidelines (Spanish)

Grants Manual

Grants Manual (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Resources page

Grant Review Panel Process

2022 Grantee Information:

2022 Guidelines

List of current grantees – Coming Soon

Program Timeline:

Application OpensMarch 28, 2024
Application DeadlineJune 6, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. July – August 2024
Funding DecisionApprox. September 2024
Funding NotificationApprox. September 2024
Grant Activity StartsJanuary 1, 2025
Estimated Arrival of FundsApprox. January-March 2025
Grant Activity EndsSeptember 30, 2025
Final Report DeadlineOctober 30, 2025

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. Please note: staff assistance is not available after 5:00 p.m. on the day of a grant deadline. 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.

Staff Contact:
Josy Miller, Ph.D.
Arts Program Manager

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