California Arts Council

State of California

Are you a potential panelist?

Published: 12-18-2014

The California Arts Council is looking for panelists to serve on 2015 and subsequent-year panels. We're looking for individuals who have in-depth, long-term and/or a variety of professional experiences in the arts, arts education, arts administration, arts in juvenile justice, and/or related fields. In addition to well-established members of the arts world, younger professionals with experience are encouraged to submit their names. Are you a former panelist from more than three years ago? Please consider sending us your updated info. If you responded to us last year and continue to be interested and available for the panel season this year, no need to send another resume. We will only delete you from the list if we receive an email saying you are no longer available. (See below.)

Our panel process: The peer panel review is at the heart of California Arts Council grant program efforts. The agency conducts peer panel reviews so that grant applicants may be adjudicated by experts in their fields. Well before panels, our Programs Staff culls through resumes and creates pools of potential panelists for Council approval. When the application pool is surveyed and approved, and dates for panels established, Programs Staff will invite selected panelists based on a variety of factors. Great effort is made to create diverse panels representing various geographic areas, organization size, ethnicity, gender, professional function, and areas of. Panels are usually comprised of five individuals.

Panelist Requirements:

  • - Panelists must be California residents.
  • - Travel to Sacramento is reimbursed according to state guidelines.
  • - Depending on the program, panelists may be asked to read as many as 120 applications.
  • - Panel meetings may last from one to three days.
  • - For most programs, applications and art samples (visual arts samples, videos and documents) are viewed online at home before the panel meeting. Ability and willingness to access the applications and art samples online are crucial to preparing for the panel meeting.

At this time, we anticipate conducting panels for the following programs: Artists in Schools, State-Local Partnership, Statewide Networks, Local Impact, Creative California Communities, JUMP StArts and Arts on the Air. More on current programs.

By January 9, 2015, please submit your resume and bio (or your resume at minimum) to  Be sure to include your address, phone number and email.  (No need to indicate your interest in a specific program; Programs Staff will evaluate how and when your potential contribution may be useful to the peer panel review process.)  Thank you!


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