National Endowment for the Arts Announces $5.2 Million in Grants to Support Arts and Innovation in California

Pictured: Berkeley’s Gamelan Sekar Jaya will receive an NEA Art Works grant to support artist residencies with master artists from Bali, Indonesia. The organization also receives support from the California Arts Council.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded nearly $5.2 million to California arts organizations in its second round of funding for fiscal year 2018. Federal dollars totaling $5,193,800 will benefit 144 grantees up and down the state.

The spring announcement includes annual partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies as well as the categories of Art Works, Creativity Connects, Our Town, and Research: Art Works. Funds will support a range of programs that provide jobs to artists, arts administrators, and other creative workers and arts experiences in California. As a state partner, the California Arts Council will receive a portion of those funds- in the amount of $1,155,300-to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s strategic plan.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Click here for the full announcement from the National Endowment for the Arts, including a detailed list of all second round grantees.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit

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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, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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