California Arts Council

State of California

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January 09, 2009Mary Beth Barber

Statewide Networks Program application open -- Cultural Data Project profile needed

California Arts Council partners with statewide organizations to promote the public value of the arts in California communities

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council announces that the application is now available for the 2008-09 Statewide Networks program. The goal of the Statewide Networks program is to promote the public value of the arts in communities by strengthening and expanding an organization's delivery of services to its constituents through communications, professional development opportunities, networking and arts advocacy. Final application and supplementary materials -- including a California Cultural Data Project (California CDP) profile -- are due on February 23, 2009.

Statewide culturally specific, multicultural, and discipline-based arts networks and service organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations must have at least a two-year track record of developing their field and providing services to their constituent base (individual artists and/or arts organizations). For this program, "Statewide" is defined as organizational networks with a statewide representation or those serving constituencies in at least three non-contiguous counties. "Culturally specific and multicultural statewide arts networks" refers to organizational networks, which are rooted in and reflective of under-served ethnic and cultural communities. This year's Statewide Networks program will support strategies proposing new approaches or expanding an organization's work.

New This Year! The application for the 2008-09 Statewide Networks program is completely on line, and applicants are required to fill out a profile through the California Cultural Data Project and submit supplementary material along with the application. The California CDP is an online, statewide data collection effort for arts and culture designed to provide an easier application process for potential grantees through the development of a standardized form for organizational data that will accompany grant requests to the partnering funders.

Applicants will only need to complete the California CDP form once each year. Once the California CDP profile is complete, an arts organization can easily run a financial and/or data report as requested by each funder, instead of compiling individual reports for each grant application. Organization administrators can find the information for the California CDP at, as well as the number and hours of the help desk.

Deadline for applications for the Statewide Networks program is February 23, 2009, and applications can be found at . Interested applicants may contact Lucero Arellano, "Statewide Networks" Arts Specialist, at 916-332-6338 or Members of the press should contact Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director, at 916-322-6588 or


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 Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Eunice David, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton, Susan Steinhauser and William Turner.

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