California Arts Council

State of California

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November 03, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

Annette Bening to host California Arts Council 40th Anniversary Celebration

Special event on January 27, 2016 in Sacramento will honor Governor Brown, arts community and supporters

SACRAMENTO - The California Arts Council announced today that former Council member Annette Bening will host a special anniversary celebration for the agency on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.

A free public celebration hosted by Bening will honor the forty-year history of the California Arts Council with featured dance and music performances. Special guests include Peter Coyote, a founding member and the second Chair of the California Arts Council, and Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate and former California Poet Laureate. 

Performers include: AXIS Dance Company, Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento, The Great Wall Youth Orchestra, Lula Washington Dance, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Taiko drum leaders Roy and PJ Hirabayashi.

The California Arts Council was established in 1976 by then-Governor Jerry Brown. In its 40 year history, the California Arts Council has made significant contributions to California's artists, arts organizations, and communities through grant programs, support services, arts education projects, and other important efforts advancing the state through the arts and creativity. The California Arts Council has survived budget cuts and now stands strong, with a permanent state budget increase of $7 million dollars in place this year. California's legislature and governor have demonstrated continued appreciation for the arts, recognizing their vital contributions to California's success as a state.

Annette Bening is a passionate advocate for arts education and served as a member of the California Arts Council from 2004-2008. As a Council Member, Bening fought for increased state arts funding and championed arts initiatives for young people across California.

Event Details

What: California Arts Council 40th Anniversary Celebration

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 5:30pm

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA

Tickets: Tickets to the celebration are free. Reservations can be made online at Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the celebration are encouraged to join the California Arts Council's "First Forty" campaign. The Arts Council is seeking forty businesses to purchase forty California Arts License Plate gift vouchers in support of their 40th anniversary. "First Forty" sponsors will receive reserved VIP seating and additional marketing benefits. Interested businesses can learn more at this link:

The Boeing Company is the presenting sponsor of this special event.

Annette Bening photo by Suzanne Tenner

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council 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 effective and relevant programs and services.

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, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


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