Blog bite: The 2016-17 Annual Report has arrived!

It’s amazing how time flies! This week, we released our 2016-17 Annual Report, capturing a glimpse into a year’s time at the California Arts Council. Among its 45 pages are a collaborative welcome note from our 2016-17 Chair and Interim Director, highlights of the year’s accomplishments, a breakdown of the agency’s key activities and grant program offerings, and more. The report also includes spotlight pieces on the newly launched statewide California Cultural Districts and a white paper excerpt tackling the issue the affordable housing for artists. And last but certainly not least, we honor the year’s grantees with a roster of their awards and some breathtaking photography straight from the source. View a digital flip book edition of the report here.

New funding opportunity: Serving youth in state Juvenile Justice facilities through the arts

The California Arts Council believes in the arts as an essential tool for healthy human development for populations. Our JUMP StArts grant program is designed with that value in mind, to serve as a positive intervention for youth facing incarceration. The program mobilizes partnerships between arts organizations and juvenile justice entities to create arts learning opportunities that foster positive socioemotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental outcomes for system-engaged youth.

This year, we’re offering two grant strands for the JUMP StArts program: a grant opportunity supporting work at county and community-based facilities, plus a brand new opportunity supporting work at state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. Arts organizations may apply for up to $50,000 in each strand, with a chance to receive funding in both strands simultaneously.

Planning grants are also available to support arts organizations with the process of developing an arts for incarcerated youth project. Organizations are able to receive a Project Grant in one strand and a Planning Grant in the other strand during the same funding cycle.

The deadline for all JUMP StArts applications has been extended to February 23, 2018.

While you can find complete details on our website … here’s a handy FAQ about this new funding opportunity:

State DJJ Facilities: What’s new this year?

In 2017, the Senate Budget Act dedicated funds specifically to expand the program, including service to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Youth Facilities. DJJ is an active partner to the California Arts Council for the expansion of our JUMP StArts grant program.

Applicants may apply and be funded for a project in a county-operated or community-based facility(ies), and may also apply and be funded for a project in a DJJ state-operated facility(ies) during the same funding cycle. These applications will be submitted, adjudicated, and funded as separate grants.

Where can these projects take place?

The following DJJ Youth Facility Sites are designated for JUMP StArts programming:

N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility
Stockton, CA 95215
Note: Program facility for males.

O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility
Stockton, CA 95213
Note: Program facility for males.

Ventura Youth Correctional Facility
Camarillo, CA 93010
Note: This facility serves as a reception center-clinic for both males and females.

How can my organization apply for project support?

Organizations interested in serving youth within the state juvenile justice system at one of the aforementioned three DJJ sites should review the JUMP StArts grant guidelines in detail.

CAC Arts Education Program Specialist Josy Miller is available to provide technical assistance to any organization interested in applying to the JUMP StArts program. Josy can be reached at

DJJ is standing by to support organizations interested in proposing projects. All applicants proposing a project at a DJJ site must be in touch with Teresa Perez at to plan the project and to secure a letter of support.

Are there other ways to be involved?

Planning grants are available to support arts organizations that have identified a juvenile justice facility/agency partner and are in the process of developing an arts for incarcerated youth project. These planning grants give organizations the opportunity to take the time to design the project thoughtfully and to include meaningful contributions to that design from both partners. The planning grants also can be used to pilot aspects of the program and to conduct any necessary training and/or professional development for the project staff.

  • Previous recipients of a JUMP StArts grant are ineligible to apply for a Planning Grant in the County/Community Facilities strand.
  • Applicants may not receive a JUMP StArts Planning Grant and JUMP StArts Project Grant in the same strand during the same funding cycle.
  • Planning Grant requests may be made for $2,500 for a one-year grant, and do not require a match.

And… there’s still time to apply!

If your organization is interested in providing this important service to our state’s young people … we want you to succeed as an applicant. It’s our goal to equip grant seekers with the tools to put forth a competent, competitive application. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Josy Miller with any questions.

The deadline for all JUMP StArts applications has been extended to February 23, 2018. You can learn more on our website at

Smart needs art: Support creativity in the classroom through your state tax return

The new year is here, and for those of you who are on the ball, that means time to get to work filing your 2017 taxes. And time for us to remind you to donate to support arts education when you do.

We know you understand the value of arts at school. They’re a key factor in helping future generations succeed, boosting their academic achievement, social skills, and rates of attendance and graduation, while preparing them for a workforce that values creativity above all other desirable qualifications.

You also know they aren’t given the prominent place they deserve: Less than 40% of California’s students have arts courses as part of their curriculum today.

Help us change that tomorrow!

How to contribute

Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more to the California Arts Council’s Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund, which can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the “540” individual state tax return form.

Are you filing with TurboTax? We’ve got the step-by-step directions to make a donation.

100% of your tax-deductible contribution is applied to arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council.

Get the word out

We’ve assembled a page of resources for you to help spread the word about the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Promote it on social media, in your newsletters, or on your website. While you’re at it, encourage your fellow art supporters to do the same.

So break out the calculators and the shoebox full of receipts, start crunching, and support creativity in the classroom with the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Every dollar counts.

P.S. For those of you last-minute filers, don’t worry! There’ll be another nudge along shortly. 😉

Meet the CAC Staff, Part 1

Welcome back! We hope you all have had a fantastic start to your 2018 so far, taking time to make time, spending the holiday season with your friends and loved ones. In that spirit, we thought we’d kick off the first blog of the year with an introduction to our family at the California Arts Council, and give you a chance to learn a bit more about what they do and who they are. Part one begins with our administrative staff.

Name: Bintou CoulibalyBintuo_3
Title: Senior Accounting Officer
Bintou oversees the accounting staff and handles fiscal reporting to state control agencies. Born in the Ivory Coast, she says her move to the United States was one of her greatest life adventures. In addition to speaking English, French, and at least five different African dialects, Bintou has all the qualities of an incredible listener, often topped off with a witty reply. She enjoys reading, cooking, and playing soccer with her three children when she’s not here with us—though if you ask her what she does outside of work … here comes that wit we mentioned: “Sleep.”

rdiazName: Richard Diaz
Title: Receptionist
Richard’s our go-to guy for all the office needs—fielding and directing calls from our main phone line, delivering the mail, purchasing office supplies, and storing CAC records. When he’s not representing at reception, he spends his time off working on model planes and cars, or playing old-school video games. He also enjoys the company of family and friends, furry incarnations included. Richard has three dogs: Scooby, Shaggy, and YoYo.

JHamlin_2Name: Jared Hamlin
Title: Accountant I
Jared’s part of our accounting staff, processing payments to our grantees. Some quick math about Jared: His favorite colors (green and orange) + his favorite food (pizza) = Michelangelo. As in his favorite Ninja Turtle, not the Renaissance artist—our interests can sometimes stray from the more obvious, you know! Jared’s also recently married. He and his newly betrothed just moved to a new place in order to add a dog to their current two-cat lifestyle. Congrats, JareBear!

YJimenezName: Yurika Jimenez
Title: Accountant I
Yurika is without a doubt the owner of the sunniest disposition of the CAC staff, with a smile that may require UV protection. She also loves the color “pink!” and eating “sushi!” (both followed by enthusiastic exclamation points in the staff survey—you see what we mean?). As one of our accountants, she’s got a head for numbers… and so much more. In a recent staff meeting, we were delighted by this diva’s operatic rendition of the birthday song. Move over, Marilyn!

mmoscosoName: Mariana Moscoso
Title: Arts in Corrections Program Analyst
Mariana’s administrative specialty lies with our Arts in Corrections program, coordinating contracts, program development and monitoring. Her interests in life, however, are less specialized, more just special. Mariana is deeply inspired by tradition, with her Afro-indigenous roots shaping her understanding and place in the universe. She speaks four languages—English, Spanish, German, Italian—and is working on a fifth, Tz’utujil. Mariana recently participated in the WESTAF Emerging Leaders of Color Cohort, and has an impressive collection of bead jewelry and a cat named Machiavelli. How cool is all of that? We say very.

Name: Nicole Sancheznsanchez
Title: Procurement and Contracts Analyst
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” That line, by Robert Brault, is Nicole’s favorite quote, and it sums up her life philosophy well. Nicole’s responsible for agency contracts and procurement activities here at the office, but at home, she’s responsible for her two young sons, ages 8 and 13, who she says inspire her every day to be better. She often serves as Team Mom or even Coach for whatever sport is in season. “Their hobbies are my hobbies!” she adds. Except for her love of skydiving—the boys will have to wait until they are a bit older for that one.

Name: Debra WaltmanDebraW_2
Title: Director of Administrative Services
Debra heads up the aforementioned administrative support staff while also handling all things budget, in addition to contract completion, interagency agreements, and purchasing. Outside the office, the music maven makes time to teach herself guitar, check out concert scene and serve on the Girls Rock Sacramento Advisory Board. Debra’s attitude about her team, and of all of the staff at the CAC, is a fitting close to Part 1 of our Meet the Staff series:

“One of my favorite things about the Arts Council is the culture. We are all open and accepting of each other as individuals—not just as co-workers.”

Well said.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Meet the Staff series, coming soon!