California Arts Council

State of California

Press Release Detail

December 11, 2007Mary Beth Barber

California Arts Council Announces Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program

In conjunction with UCLA, the state's arts agency offers $500 grants for arts organizations or artists with disabilities

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council, in collaboration with the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA, announces a funding opportunity through June 2008 called "The California Arts Council's Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program." The purpose of the Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities.

Up to $500 is available to accepted applicants, and California arts organizations and artists with disabilities are eligible to apply. Funds are available on a case-by-case basis until June 2008. Grants are offered on a revolving basis in two categories: (1) the professional development of artists with disabilities, and (2) arts organizations to engage artists or audiences with disabilities, as follows:

Professional Development grants (for individual artists) will support: registration for appropriate professional conferences, workshops, residency or classes; travel expenses to exhibit, showcase or perform artwork; and services or supplies to assist the artist to complete his or her work.

Engaging of Artists or Audiences grants (for arts organizations) will support organizations that provide: activities that make use of California artists with disabilities; creation of alternative formats for materials such as large print, Braille, audio description, ASL interpreter, and/or captioning; creation of new work, new approaches, and directions; opportunities to discuss specific issues, and trends in the arts as they pertain to engaging people with disabilities in the arts; and/or hiring a consultant to improve facilities or services to people with disabilities.

Full instructions may be found at Questions from interested applicants may be directed to Arts Specialist Wayne Cook at 916-322-6344 or Members of the press may contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588 or .

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 Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Annette Bening, Eunice David, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Carlos Martinez, Michael Rubel, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton and William Turner.

return to press releases