California Arts Council

State of California

California wins the 10K Facebook Race! -- NEA makes video statement
10,000 "likes" reached at 4:33 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 

Published: 11-09-2011


Like Us!Thank you, California arts lovers! California reached the 10,000 "likes" mark at 4:33 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011 -- just minutes after our weekly California ArtBeat went out. 

See Rocco Landesman of the National Endowment for the Arts congratulate the California Arts Council and hear his assessment of why we won. We'll soon see Arizona and Washington, DC's reaction.

Thank you for making us the first arts agency in the nation to reach 10,000 Facebook "likes!" 





Background: On California Arts Day (October 7, 2011), the California Arts Council director challenged the head of the Arizona Commission on the Arts to a race--who could get to 10,000 "likes" on Facebook first? Starting at roughly the same number, about 4,500, each state tracked their number of "likes" on an hour-by-hour basis. California started with a few hundred in the lead; at one point, Arizona pulled ahead; then California regained the lead. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities joined the contest a few days later. But on Thursday, November 10 at 4:33 p.m., California hit the 10,000 "like" mark. Go, California, go!

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