California Arts Council

State of California

Artists Activating Communities

Kala Art Institute

Artists Activating Communities (AAC) supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating that artists are integral to healthy communities and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress. AAC centralizes artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. AAC Projects are artist-driven, and engage community members as active participants.

Application must be submitted by a nonprofit organization, but project must be developed in partnership with one or more California-based artists, and the artists’ work must be the focus of the project. An applicant must be one of the following:
  • A California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency, OR a social service/community nonprofit organization. Organizations such as libraries, housing agencies, senior centers, cultural centers, or hospitals may be eligible to apply.
  • Use of Fiscal Sponsors allowed in this program.
  • Projects that include multi-generational or life-long arts learning components may apply.
  • School-site based arts education programs, or after-school or summer arts education programs serving PreK-12 students may not apply.


J. Andrea Porras
Arts Program Specialist

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Program Goals

Projects demonstrate how artists are integral to healthy communities and how artists’ projects can bring people together, build community, and foster social progress. Artists and their artistic processes are the center of project activities.

Thoughtful and engaged creative processes will encourage people to be active in their communities. Artist-driven projects will foster shared understanding and a sense of community through participation in the arts.



Guidelines & Application Available:
November 1, 2016
Application Deadline - Extended:
February 3, 2017, 5:00 PM
Panel Dates:
Panel 1 - February 27 - March 1, 2017
Panel 2 - March 6 - March 8, 2017
Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018