ArtBeat's 500th issue!

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Celebrating 500 issues of ArtBeat!

It's been 11 years and 500 issues since ArtBeat was first published! On February 20, 2008, the day our first ever e-newsletter was issued, things looked a little different at the CAC:

THEN: Arts Advocacy Day on March 5, 2008
NOW: April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California

THEN: Governor's proposed budget reduces state funding to $1.2 million
NOW: Governor's proposed budget increases state funding to $26 million

THEN: California's 3rd annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals features high school champions from 20 counties
NOW: California's 14th annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals features high school champions from 52 counties

THEN & NOW: ArtBeat continues to be a valuable place for the field of arts and culture, artists and arts communities across the state to stay up to date on the latest news from the California Arts Council.

Read the first issue of ArtBeat in full and browse the ArtBeat archives here.

Your Voice Matters: Strategic Framework 2020

The CAC has begun its work to develop an up-to-date and relevant strategic framework to guide our next five to seven years of serving California's communities through culture, creativity, and the arts. Placing equity and community at the center of this planning project, we want to hear from you! There's a seat at the table for anyone with rooted interest in the future of arts, culture and community in our state.

Take the Survey

Where should your state arts agency's priorities lie? What types of services should we provide? What suggestions do you have for a more accessible, inclusive, equitable approach to our work? Take this survey and let us know what you think - available in both English and Spanish. 

Vision Videos

Show us your personal vision for arts, culture, and creativity in California and provide input to our vision and values development process by submitting a short video using your own words to answer guiding questions. 

Video Submission Guidelines
Instrucciones para enviar su video

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Public Art Coordinator
City of Palmdale
Palmdale, CA

Director of Artistic Planning
Cal Performances
Berkeley, CA

Curriculum Specialist
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Santa Rosa, CA

Communications Coordinator
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City, CA

Director of Education and Pubic Programs
Oceanside Museum of Art
Oceanside, CA



artist calls

Investing in Artists Grant Program
Center for Cultural Innovation
Deadline: 2019-06-28

Performance Program
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Deadline: 2019-07-01


Chesapeake Gallery Call for Entry 2021-2022
Harford Community College
Bel Air, CA

By Hand
Blue Line Arts
Roseville, CA

The Car Show
Blue Line Arts

US Show
Blue Line Arts
Roseville, CA

Blue Line Arts
Roseville, CA




Independent Contractor or Employee?
California Lawyers for the Arts
San Diego, CA
Date: 2019-06-04

Independent Contractor or Employee: What You Should Know About Current Law
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 2019-06-11


The Effects of Facilitated Single-Visit Art Museum Programs on Students Grades 4-6
National Art Education Association/Association of Art Museum Directors


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