California Arts Council

State of California
Celebrating 40 Years: 1976-2016

Throughout 2016, we'll be celebrating the many contributions of the arts to the success of our state, honoring the California Arts Council’s rich history and celebrating a bright future for the arts in California.

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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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Support Arts
Education with
your CA Tax Return

Tomorrow's innovators need arts education today!

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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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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.

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