The California Arts Council is a state agency dedicated to advancing California through the arts and creativity.
Our agency is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing excellent, effective, and relevant programs and services.
Learn more about our initiatives, services, and programs at www.arts.ca.gov.
Photos courtesy of California Arts Council grantees. Music: Good Thing by Menage Quad from freemusicarchive.org.
#MyCreativeCA We’ve created a series of short-form, documentary videos that celebrate creative expression in California. The series of videos follow art programming across California, from rural towns to some of the state’s largest cities, which are making positive impacts in communities. www.arts.ca.gov
California Arts Council friends and supporters gathered on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento for a special event hosted by former Council member Annette Bening. www.arts.ca.gov/40th #CAarts40
In 2016, California’s state arts agency celebrates its 40th anniversary. During its four decades of existence, the California Arts Council has awarded thousands of grants— a total investment of $368 million. California is home to more artists than any other state, and the creative industries account for 1 in 10 jobs statewide.
On April 15, 2015 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, the results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California were unveiled at a hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts (Chair, Senator Ben Allen). The statewide Otis Report, supported by the California Arts Council, asserts California's competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.
California Sen. Ted Lieu convened a hearing on February 12, 2014 in Sacramento to examine the role the creative sector plays in the state's economy. The hearing was standing room only, with attendees representing urban and rural communities from across the state. The hearing featured new data from the just-released Statewide Otis Report on the Creative Economy.
Learn more about California's Creative Economy at this link: www.arts.ca.gov/artsinfo/economicimpact.php
California Poetry Out Loud State Finals. March 24, 2014 in the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Over 40,000 students in 35 California counties participated in California Poetry Out Loud. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.