The California Arts Council’s mission is advancing California through the arts and creativity. The Council administers grants to support the state’s arts and cultural communities through the development of partnerships with the public and private sectors to enhance the cultural, educational, social, and economic growth of California. The grant programs support arts education in school and community settings; system-engaged youth; recently incarcerated individuals; local and community economic development; recent immigrants and refugee communities; native communities; veterans and their families; and various arts service organizations, and are designed to serve populations and communities who are underrepresented in the arts and have reduced access to arts programs. The 2019 Budget Act provided $10 million ongoing General Fund for grants made by the Council.
California Cultural Districts were established in 2015 through Chapter 396, Statutes of 2015 (AB 189). These districts leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets, and celebrate California’s diversity, helping to grow and sustain grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. The Budget includes $9 million one-time General Fund to support the existing 14 cultural districts and the addition of cultural districts in underrepresented areas, such as the Central Valley and Inland Empire. The Arts Council will coordinate outreach and engagement with non-governmental organizations and the philanthropic community in this effort. The Budget also includes $1 million one-time General Fund for the Arts Council to develop disaster preparedness guidelines and best practices at the county level to protect and preserve artifacts during a disaster.
-excerpt from the governor's full budget summary 2020-21
Thank you governor Newsom for expanding the arts program and giving us Californian artists more chance for grants.
Gavin Newsom apportions 10 million dollars to support the California Arts Council