California Arts Council

State of California

15 grant programs open, $21 million to be awarded this fiscal year

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Tomorrow's innovators need arts education today!

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Arts Education: Increasing California Students’ Success

Arts education reduces dropout rates, significantly improving school attendance, graduation rates, and workforce readiness. The Arts Council places a high priority on helping California’s young people succeed.

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Arts in Communities: Boosting California’s Economy

Nearly 8% of California’s gross state product, and nearly 10% of California jobs, arise from the creative sector. Today’s CEOs name “creativity” as the number-one trait they seek when hiring. The Arts Council supports cultural programs and initiatives that stimulate and revitalize California’s communities.

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California: Home to More Artists than Any Other State

California is recognized as one of the leading creative capitals in the world. A high concentration of arts in communities leads to less poverty, more civic engagement, and social cohesion – making California a great place to live and to visit.

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From larger, urban areas to uncharted rural locations, each California Cultural District helps grow and sustain authentic arts and culture opportunities, increase the visibility of local artists, and promote socioeconomic and ethnic diversity through culture and creative expression.

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Tomorrow’s innovators need arts education today. You can support arts education programs in California by putting an arts license plate on your California vehicle.

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Latest Stories

by Robert Benitez

October 16, 2018
The BLVD began with three goals in mind: to embrace and sustain a new thriving economy; to attract and retain a younger and more diverse citizenry; and to develop the city’s own identity  ...

by California Arts Council

October 9, 2018
Creativity is Californian. That’s fact, not opinion. More artists live here than anywhere else in the U.S. Our creative sector ...

by California Arts Council

October 4, 2018
Arts organizations, there’s time like the present to prepare yourself for applications and get a sneak peek at what’s new among this year’s offerings. ...

by Dana Gioia

September 27, 2018
In early October poets across California will join a historic gathering in the San Fernando Valley community of Tujunga. ...

by California Arts Council

September 6, 2018
Fall is almost here. Labor Day weekend has come and gone, the unofficial end of summer. ...

About the Arts Council

About the Arts Council

The California Arts Council builds public will and resources for the arts; fosters accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serves as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and provides relevant programs and services.

About the Arts Council