Governor Newsom Proposes $10 Million Increase in State Arts Funding

SACRAMENTO – On January 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom submitted a 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal to the Legislature that includes an ongoing $10 million increased general fund allocation for the California Arts Council, California’s state arts agency.

California Arts Council Chair Nashormeh Lindo and Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford issued the following joint statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget:

“The California Arts Council is a leader in furthering key California values of innovation, creative expression, and community well-being. We are deeply grateful to Governor Newsom for immediately recognizing the critical role of the arts in creating opportunity, resilience, and a sense of belonging for all Californians, addressing the challenges facing Californians today. The ability to practice and demonstrate support of the arts, of culture and creativity speaks to our common humanity at a time when our national civic conversation is so often focused on division. We look forward to working with the Administration and the Legislature throughout this year’s budget process in support of Governor Newsom’s vision of making the California Dream available to all.”

The Governor’s Budget Summary lists a $26,083,000 total proposed general fund allocation for the CAC in FY 2019-20. The full summary of the Governor’s budget proposal can be found at

California For All State Budget


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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at

Caitlin Fitzwater

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