National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $5 Million for California Creativity in Second Round of Grants

Pictured: Kala Institute in Berkeley will receive an Art Works grant to help fund an artist-in-residence program for media artists. The organization also receives support from the California Arts Council.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $5 million to California arts organizations in its second round of funding for fiscal year 2019. Federal dollars totaling $5,001,800 will benefit 151 grantees across the state.

These awards announced today continue the Arts Endowment’s commitment as the only arts funder reaching the entire country. Awards from this round of funding come from four categories: Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships and Research: Art Works. This includes the California Arts Council’s annual partnership with the NEA as California’s state arts agency for a total of $1,167,300.

“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”

Click here for the full announcement from the National Endowment for the Arts, including a detailed list of all first 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, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at

The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit

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