California Arts Council

State of California

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July 15, 2013Caitlin Fitzwater

New funds support investment in local communities and expand the impact of the California Arts Council

$2 million savings from State Assembly operating budget directed to arts programs in California communities

SACRAMENTO – The California Arts Council is a proud recipient of $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. The funds, directed to support arts and arts education programs in California communities, will help enhance local creative economies, fund effective arts learning programs, and support the growth of the state’s creative workforce.  

“This investment in the arts shows that Speaker Pérez recognizes the importance of the arts to our State’s economy and the needs of our creative workforce,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “This is a positive first step to gain support for measures that will increase California’s arts funding and investment in future budgets.”

The California Arts Council is a state agency whose mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity. These one-time Assembly-provided funds will support projects designed to stimulate economic and social benefits in very specific ways for local communities and schools statewide.

“The arts can and should be at the center of helping solve some of the state’s most formidable problems. The Arts Council will leverage these one-time funds to produce the greatest possible impact for Californians across the state, by supporting a variety of innovative collaborations designed to advance areas such as improved student achievement, reductions in dropout rates, as well as offer a spur to local investment,” Aitken remarked.

Support will be distributed during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The funding will not be used for administrative costs at the agency, but go to direct services for local communities in California and will be leveraged with other funds to prove that the arts is one of California’s premier investments.

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman.

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