California Arts Council

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May 04, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

Forty-six California Arts Organizations Receive Professional Development & Consulting Grants

California Arts Council invests in growth of the arts field through capacity building grants

Sacramento -

On Tuesday, April 21 at a public meeting in Fresno, the California Arts Council voted to fund forty-six organizations in the new grant category of Professional Development and Consulting. This pilot grant program supports the Council's strategic goal of providing opportunities for the field to grow and thrive through professional development and practical services. A total of $99,945 was invested in this grant category.

The Council received 134 applications for this highly competitive program. Applications were evaluated by a staff panel, based on criteria outlined in the program guidelines. Funding priorities were identified in the following broad categories: professional development, strategic planning, organizational transition, program evaluation, and website activities that further an organization's business operations.

The Professional Development and Consulting program assists arts organizations in building their capacity for success in two areas:

- Professional Development: Funding will support professional growth and leadership training opportunities for individual staff members, artists, arts administrators or arts educators employed by an arts organization.

- Consulting Services:  Funding will support the hiring of consultants to work with staff to enhance the programmatic, administrative, financial or technical capabilities of an arts organization.

Professional Development Grant Recipients
The following organizations were funded under the Professional Development category with awards of up to $750 per organization:

Arts Council of KernKern
Aurora Theatre CompanyAlameda
Carmel Bach Festival, Inc.Monterey
Dance KaisoSan Francisco
DrumologySan Francisco
Grand PerformancesLos Angeles
Jail Guitar DoorsLos Angeles
LA's BESTLos Angeles
Launch Productions, Inc.Los Angeles
Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc.Mariposa
Mozart Festival AssociationSan Luis Obispo
North State SymphonyButte
Playwrights ProjectSan Diego
Riverside Art MuseumRiverside
Syzygy Dance ProjectMarin


Consulting Services Grant Recipients
The following organizations were funded under the Consulting Services category, with awards of up to $3,000 per organization:

Arts Council Napa ValleyNapa
Arts Council of Mendocino CountyMendocino
Arts for LALos Angeles
Better Youth, Inc.Los Angeles
California Association of MuseumsSanta Cruz
California Indian Basketweaver's AssociationYolo
California Lawyers for the ArtsSan Francisco
City of Rancho Cucamonga/Lewis Family PlayhouseSan Bernardino
David Brower CenterAlameda
ETM-LA, Inc.Los Angeles
Foundation of Neo-RenaissanceLos Angeles
Fresno Philharmonic AssociationFresno
Headlands Center for the ArtsMarin
Jess Curtis/Gravity, Inc.San Francisco
Kala InstituteAlameda
La Raza/Galeria PosadaSacramento
Latino Arts NetworkLos Angeles
Leap...imagination in learningSan Francisco
Living JazzAlameda
Music in the MountainsNevada
Napa Valley MuseumNapa
Pacific ChoraleOrange
Queer Rebel ProductionsSan Francisco
San Benito County Arts CouncilSan Benito
San Francisco Chamber OrchestraSan Francisco
San Jose Taiko Group, Inc.Santa Clara
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra SocietySanta Barbara
Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Orchestra AssociationLos Angeles
Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center, Inc.Alameda
Streetside StoriesSan Francisco


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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


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