California Arts Council

State of California
Arts Education: Increasing California Students’ Success

Arts education reduces dropout rates, significantly improving school attendance, graduation rates, and workforce readiness. The Arts Council places a high priority on helping California’s young people succeed.

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Arts in Communities: Boosting California’s Economy

Nearly 8% of California’s gross state product, and nearly 10% of California jobs, arise from the creative sector. Today’s CEOs name “creativity” as the number-one trait they seek when hiring. The Arts Council supports cultural programs and initiatives that stimulate and revitalize California’s communities.

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California: Home to More Artists than Any Other State

California is recognized as one of the leading creative capitals in the world. A high concentration of arts in communities leads to less poverty, more civic engagement, and social cohesion – making California a great place to live and to visit.

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Tomorrow’s innovators need arts education today. You can support arts education programs in California by putting an arts license plate on your California vehicle.

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This is an exciting time for the arts in California. We aim to ensure that the arts are recognized, celebrated, and supported in communities across our state. Thank you to all who support the arts in California – whether in the halls of the Capitol, at the front of a classroom, or in the audience of your local theater. We are your California Arts Council. And we are honored to serve you. Meet the Council >>

Grantee Spotlight

Creative California Communities Grantee

The Ebb & Flow River Arts Project is celebrating and enlivening the San Lorenzo River through year-round activities that unite arts and river enthusiasts, and connect the greater community.

JUMP StArts Grantee

Marin Shakespeare Company combines drama therapy, study and performance, and autobiographical writing to the youth at Marin Community School.

Creative California Communities Grantee

Revitalizing a cultural and economic asset through audience development, beautification and repair.

Artists in Schools Grantee

7th grade history students engage in music, theater and the visual arts with artists from El Teatro Campesino.

About the Arts Council

About the Arts Council

The California Arts Council builds public will and resources for the arts; fosters accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serves as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and provides relevant programs and services.

About the Arts Council


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Announcing our 2016 grant offerings

In 2016, the Council will invest $8.6 million in a total of ten competitive grant programs that will serve a wide variety of California's communities through engagement with the arts, creative expression, and cultural experiences.