California Arts Council

State of California
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$24.5M is state’s biggest investment in arts and culture in two decades

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Community is at the center of our newest planning project.

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Resources for those affected by California's wildfires

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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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From larger, urban areas to uncharted rural locations, each California Cultural District helps grow and sustain authentic arts and culture opportunities, increase the visibility of local artists, and promote socioeconomic and ethnic diversity through culture and creative expression.

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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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Latest Stories

by Amanda Lennon

June 19, 2019
Nestled perfectly between wine country and the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find San Rafael. The city is the largest in ...

by Mariana Moscoso

May 30, 2019
Last month in L.A., the California Arts Council’s Arts in Corrections program sponsored the inaugural Connecting Art and Law for Liberation (CALL) bi-annual conference. The three-day event, hosted by the UCLA ...

by California Arts Council

May 24, 2019
Museums in California and across the country are opening their doors for complimentary entry to active-duty military and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program, now through Labor Day.

by California Arts Council

April 24, 2019
Community is at the center of all we do at the California Arts Council. Our newest planning project is no different.

by California Arts Council

April 3, 2019
We sat down with Californians for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker for some background on our state's new springtime celebration.

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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