June 27, 2018
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $8.8 million one-time increased funding allocation for the California Arts Council, California’s state arts agency.
This fiscal year 2018-19 one-time $8.8 million funding increase will extend the reach of the California Arts Council’s competitive grant programs to meet the needs and demand for arts and cultural experiences benefiting diverse communities across the state. These programs serve California communities by funding local nonprofit arts activities with a focus on fostering safe and healthy communities, arts learning, and equitable access to the arts.
“We must preserve the place of culture at the center of our communities. As stewards of state funding, it is our responsibility to use the arts to foster real solutions that are deeply needed in society today,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “This funding boost will provide essential support to ensure that more Californians, from all walks of life, can grow and thrive through culture and creative expression.”
“When Governor Brown founded the California Arts Council in 1976, he did so on the basis that arts are central to the lives of Californians,” said Anne Bown-Crawford, California Arts Council Director. “We are grateful that more than 40 years later he demonstrates a continued conviction in the power of the arts to build community in a way that is authentic and accessible to all.”
The overall California Arts Council budget for fiscal year 2018-19 also includes approximately $1.1 million in annual federal support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and approximately $2.5 million in annual funds from sales and renewals of California’s Arts License Plate and voluntary state tax return contributions to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. With all sources combined, the Arts Council’s total 2018-19 budget will be approximately $27.53 million. The budget also includes an additional, separate $8 million state allocation for California’s Arts in Corrections program, administered by the California Arts Council.