California Arts Council Announces Grantees for Final Round of 2022 Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Arts Council officially announced its final grant awards for 2022, adding another $2.8 million in funding for the year for 48 grants supporting artists, culture bearers, and cultural workers throughout the state of California.

The final round of funding for the 2022 grant season included three opportunities in support of arts education and creative youth development, grantee technical assistance, and funding to identify a partner administering organization to regrant funds for individual artists fellowships in the Northern California region. 

Altogether, the projected sum of grants awarded for 2022’s funding cycle is more than $145 million—by far the biggest annual investment in California Arts Council history, largely supported by the $40 million one-time boost in support for the agency’s creative youth and arts education development programs, and $60 million to implement the California Creative Corps pilot program, aimed at increasing the ways in which artists are engaged in public work.

Council members voted for a third round of funding to reopen the Cultural Pathways – Technical Assistance and Administering Organization – Individual Artists Fellowship grant programs during their August and October business meetings last year, due to a lack of eligible applications in the initial rounds. The agency’s Creative Youth Development program was also reopened to ensure that remaining funds from the 2021-22 budget were encumbered before the end of the fiscal year. 

The California Arts Council’s grant programs are administered through a multistep, public process. Following an open call for applications, submissions are adjudicated by peer review panels from the arts and cultural fields and representative of California’s diversity. Based on panel recommendations and availability of funds, the Council voted on grant awards for the final round of funding at their public meeting in March of 2023.

Similarly, at the Council’s February 2023 business meeting, members voted to approve the administering organization for the Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship program, supporting the implementation of a fellow-driven grant program dedicated to equity and community engagement, pairing emerging arts administrators with arts and culture organizations for a 12-month paid fellowship. 

“Even as we spread the word for our 2023 program offerings, we are thrilled to shine a light and celebrate California’s arts workforce with one last funding announcement for 2022,” said California Arts Council Director Jonathan Moscone. “We are deeply grateful for Governor Newsom and the Legislature’s overwhelming investment in our agency’s work to ensure an equitably supported arts sector.”

Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to visit the California Arts Council website to learn about future grant opportunities as details become available. Notification of grant program guidelines, applications, and technical assistance opportunities will be also published in the California Arts Council’s weekly e-newsletter, ArtBeat. Subscribe at https://arts.ca.gov/news/artbeat.

2022 Grant Programs and Awards – Final Round (Cycle C)

Individual program details are included below.

Administering Organization – Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship – Support to administer funding toward an inclusive workforce for the field of arts and culture.
Number of Grants Awarded: 1
Total Investment: $1,165,000
2022 Cycle C Grantee (PDF)

Administering Organization – Individual Artists Fellowship (Region IV) – Support to administer funding for the creative practices of California artists at key career levels.
Number of Grants Awarded: 1
Total Investment: $925,000
2022 Cycle C Grantee (PDF)

Creative Youth Development – Support to arts projects for youth outside of traditional school hours.
Number of Grants Awarded: 45
Total Investment: $1,765,831
2022 Cycle C Grantees (PDF)

Cultural Pathways – Technical Assistance – Support to administer funding for artists and arts organizations’ work in folk and traditional arts expressions.
Number of Grants Awarded: 1
Total Investment: $150,000
2022 Cycle C Grantee (PDF)


Media Inquiries Only:

Kimberly Brown
Public Affairs Specialist
kimberly.brown@arts.ca.gov

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The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Consuelo Montoya, Chair; Vicki Estrada, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke; Caleb Duarte; Ellen Gavin; Leah Goodwin; Alex Israel; Phil Mercado; Roxanne Messina Captor; Nicola Miner; and Olivia Raynor. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit https://arts.ca.gov/about/about-us/language-communications-assistance. To read this announcement in Spanish, please use the website’s Google Translate tool by clicking the “Translate” link in the upper righthand corner of this page.

El Consejo de las Artes de California se compromete a aumentar la accesibilidad de sus contenidos en línea. Para obtener ayuda con el idioma y la accesibilidad, visite https://arts.ca.gov/about/about-us/language-communications-assistancePara leer este anuncio en español, utilice la herramienta Google Translate del sitio web haciendo clic en el enlace “Traducir” situado en la esquina superior derecha de esta página.

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