“Site” seeing: 4 things you may not know about the CAC website

This week on the California Arts Council blog, we’re taking you on a “site” seeing tour of arts.ca.gov. If you’ve never before perused the items of our website’s drop-down menu, you may have overlooked some worthwhile stuff. Here’s the scoop on four great resources worth checking out!

1. Artist Calls & Arts Jobs.

If you’re an artist, arts administrator, or art student seeking work, or just an arts enthusiast looking to break into the field, these are for you.

  • This Artist Calls page includes organizations seeking various creative talents for exhibitions, performances, photography and film shoots, and more.
  • Next comes the Arts Jobs page—we maintain a comprehensive list of vacancies within arts organizations, whether it’s in the art department or accounting. (Most positions posted are in the state, but the occasional out-of-state opportunity is listed as well.)

All the listings can be sorted by specific criteria to help you zero in on whatever best suits your needs. Seeking candidates for a position, exhibition or performance? No problem. Take advantage of our easy-to-use submission forms to have your post included on the appropriate page!

2. Grants.

Obviously, our website features lots of info on the 15 different grant programs we administer. But did you know we got the memo about other grants, too? Our Grants webpage features a database for grants available from outside organizations—also easily sorted to get to what you’re looking for faster. If you’re a grantmaker that wants to give visibility to an opportunity, submit your information to editor@cac.ca.gov.

3. Conferences & Workshops.

Looking for learning opportunities as an arts administrator or educator? Need assistance navigating the world of grant writing or grantmaking? We’ve got a calendar of conferences, workshops, webinars, and training opportunities to help you sharpen your skill set and broaden your knowledge base. To recommend a listing to be added, shoot us an email at editor@cac.ca.gov.

4. Research & Reports.

Keeping up to date in the arts means staying informed of the latest in case studies, strategies, and science. We’ve collected hundreds of reports about the arts. Browse our research database by topic, explore our page of arts terms and concepts, or get some background on the benefits of the arts to education, the economy, and health.

P.S. Listings from most of these pages are regularly featured in our weekly Arts Council newsletter, ArtBeat. Sign up here and never miss the latest updates!

Blog bite: NEA awards $3.4M to California nonprofits

A brief yet bountiful blog bite: The NEA announced today its first grant awards for the 2018 fiscal year—including a grand total of $3,363,000 for 132 California nonprofit organizations! The federal funds fall under two NEA grant categories, Art Works and Challenge America.

Read the NEA’s announcement and view the full list of grantees here.

We’re happy to congratulate all of our state’s recipients, and we see a lot of familiar faces among them. Seventy, to be exact! More than half the organizations receiving ArtWorks and Challenge America grants are also California Arts Council grantees.

(Featured photo: The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, will receive an NEA Art Works grant to support an arts education outreach program that serves middle and high school students in San Diego. The museum also receives support from the California Arts Council.)

 

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 josy.miller@arts.ca.gov.

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 teresa.perez@cdcr.ca.gov 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 http://arts.ca.gov/programs/js.php.

2017: The Highlights

It’s been such an eventful year here at the California Arts Council, full of advancements toward fulfilling our vision—a California where arts and culture thrive on our streets, at our schools, and in the hearts of every resident.

Looking back, we couldn’t possibly list all the wonderful achievements of our grantees, Council, and staff without penning a novel. To save you from scroll fatigue, we hope you’ll settle for this abridged list of some of our biggest accomplishments of 2017.

MORE THAN 1,000 GRANTS AWARDED

More than $15 million in state funding was invested in California nonprofit organizations and units of government for their work spanning the Arts Council’s 15 unique program categories, benefiting students, veterans, arts educators, at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, underserved populations, and communities at large. The 1,076 grants awarded are the largest investment in grants for the Arts Council since the 2002-03 fiscal year.

$6.8 MILLION PERMANENT BUDGET INCREASE

June’s announcement of the 2017-18 state budget turned a one-time $6.8 million increase from this fiscal year into a permanent one, extending the reach of the California Arts Council’s grant programs to more sustainably meet the needs and demand for arts and cultural experiences benefiting diverse communities across the state.

IMPACT OF CALIFORNIA’S CREATIVE ECONOMY GROWS

Now in its fourth year, the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California continues to emphasize the value of our state’s creative industry, drawing a direct relationship between California’s place as the sixth largest global economy and its artistic residents. This year’s report cited a $406.5 billion creative economic output, responsible for 10.9 percent of the state’s GDP.  As an addendum to the report, the Arts Council commissioned a white paper targeting the housing crisis in California to identify ways to fight the displacement of California’s artist population.

ARTS IN CORRECTIONS REACHES ALL STATE ADULT INSTITUTIONS

California’s Arts in Corrections program has become internationally renowned for its high-impact, innovative approach to addressing the state’s critical public safety needs and rehabilitative priorities through the arts. Made possible by an interagency partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions – a significant increase from the 20 institutions served by the program in the previous fiscal year.

THREE NEW GRANT PROGRAMS LAUNCHED

Building on the success of the Arts in Corrections program, the California Arts Council introduced Reentry Through the Arts, a grant program rooted in the belief in the arts as an agent of change for the formerly incarcerated. We initiated Research in the Arts, the first program of its kind supporting original research on the value and impact of the arts. And we revamped and reinstituted our Arts and Public Media program to better engage our communities in arts and culture storytelling.

CALIFORNIA CULTURAL DISTRICTS ESTABLISHED

The California Arts Council launched its California Cultural District program in 2017, designating 14 districts to comprise the program’s first cohort. Aligning with the mission and values of the California Arts Council, the districts will celebrate some of the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities of California while unifying under an umbrella of shared values, helping to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Additional new districts will be eligible to apply for state designation in 2019 through a finalized certification process.

Whew! That’s quite a bit, and really, we’ve just scratched the surface of the meaningful work that’s taken place here this year. As we plan for next year and the years to come, we’ll continue to strive for quality service, bettering our communities, improving lives, and celebrating California’s vibrancy through increased access to the arts.

Happy holidays, from all of us! See you in 2018!

Creative Forces San Diego: Where arts and military meet

The California Arts Council was in San Diego last week to participate in a pivotal regional event. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is now one of 11 clinical sites nationwide to join the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, aimed at leveraging creative arts therapies to improve the lives of military personnel, veterans, and their families in local communities.

More than half a million members of the armed services are currently living with traumatic brain injury or PTSD. Arts therapy integration and community arts programming can play an important role in their recovery, accomplishing goals outside the boundaries of traditional medical treatment. Recognizing California serving as home to nearly 2 million veterans and 200,000 active military members—more than any other state—identifying ways to better connect the two fields becomes an imperative.

The daylong Creative Forces Summit on December 7 rallied together military personnel with professionals in the fields of art and health for a day of presentations, panels, and performances designed to encourage collaboration and ideation in support of military and veteran families. Many locally based CAC grantees from our Veterans in the Arts program were on hand as well, to impart knowledge and offer perspective on developing arts programming specifically for veterans, and to showcase the creative work of veterans involved with their projects.

We were honored to be asked by the NEA to lead the coordination of this event, and we’re proud of the collaborations and dialogue that emerged as a result. The summit inspired many productive conversations, before and during, and continues to provoke thought leaders in the field. It’s clear that California, and the greater San Diego area in particular, is home to many innovative and impassioned people and programs serving our veterans, active military, their families and their caregivers. We’re excited for a future that will take rehabilitative arts opportunities for our military to the next level.

We’re also looking forward to an exchange of ideas with fellow Creative Forces summits being held in other states, taking advantage of one another’s available resources, sharing brainstorms and best practices to allow each site to grow cooperatively while simultaneously customizing concepts to fit each region’s needs.

Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts for leading the charge on such a vital issue. We’re also grateful to Deputy Secretary Keith Boylan and our partners at CalVet, for their participation and their interest in how the arts can support their mission. And a most sincere thank you to the San Diego Region Creative Forces Planning Task Force, for a job well done:

Check out a few summit highlights below. For more clips from Creative Forces San Diego, visit the California Arts Council YouTube channel.

  • Keynote Address – Sgt. Benjamin Tourtelot, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Lisa Fagan (17:33)

 

  • Creative Forces: From Clinical to Community Panel Discussion / Q&A (1:19:12)

 

 



Photo by Rebecca Vaudreuil

The California Arts Council's Veterans in the Arts grant program provides project support for nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veteran’s assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families across California. Applications are now open. Visit the Veterans in the Arts page for program details. 

Grant season is here!

(Updated March 2, 2018)

Our “grant” opening has arrived! Details and links to program offerings are below.

State arts funding saw a significant permanent increase this year. Greater investment equals greater opportunity to meet the demand for arts and cultural experiences across California. This grant season stands a good chance of beating the number of grants awarded for the 2016-17 fiscal year—already more than we’ve awarded in more than a decade!

The California Arts Council invests in California nonprofit organizations and units of government via competitive grant programs, administered through a multistep public process. Program details including availability, application deadlines, guidelines, and more can be found at http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs.

Does your organization want to make a difference through culture and creative expression? The California Arts Council can help — it’s grant season!

Review Our Informational Webinar

To kick off the grant season in style, we hosted an informational webinar on opening day. Program staff provided an overview of the grant application process and highlighted some changes and new additions to our grant offerings, offered tips and answered questions. Not to worry, we’ve got the video for you in case you missed it!

Grant Programs

Discover all of the CAC’s grant opportunities at www.arts.ca.gov/programs.

ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.
Deadline: January 23, 2018

ARTS EDUCATION – ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 for collaborative arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place on school sites during the school day.
Deadline: March 22, 2018

ARTS EDUCATION – EXTENSION: Up to $18,000 for arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place after school or during the summer, either on school sites or in community settings.
Deadline: January 23, 2018

ARTS EDUCATION – EXPOSURE: Up to $18,000 for field trip and assembly support to expose students from infancy through Grade 12 to performances and exhibits.
Deadline: February 22, 2018

ARTS EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: $2,500 to support arts integration training for classroom teachers facilitated by teaching artists.
Deadline: March 22, 2018

ARTS AND PUBLIC MEDIA:  Up to $18,000 to support the production and programming of multiplatform nonprofit media projects centered on the arts and culture in California.
Deadline: March 15, 2018

CULTURAL PATHWAYS: Up to $20,000 over two years to strengthen the capacity of small organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.
Deadline – extended!: February 23, 2018

JUMP STARTS: Up to $50,000 for collaborative arts education projects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. New for 2018: Arts organizations may partner with State Division of Juvenile Justice facilities to apply for program funding.
Deadline – extended!: February 23, 2018

LOCAL IMPACT: Up to $18,000 for community-driven arts projects by small and mid-sized arts groups.
Deadline: March 8, 2018

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $5,000 for consulting projects to build capacity of arts organizations.
Deadline: March 1, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $1,000 for access to professional development resources and networks to strengthen the business acumen of individuals employed by arts organizations.
Deadlines:
January 10, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: February 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 

March 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018

May 2, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: October 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

REENTRY THROUGH THE ARTS: Up to $50,000 for arts projects supporting formerly incarcerated adults.
Deadline: March 22, 2018

STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL NETWORKS: Up to $30,000 to support statewide and regional arts service organizations that serve as networks for artists, constituent organizations, and cultural communities.
Deadline: February 7, 2018

VETERANS IN THE ARTS: Up to $18,000 for arts projects for veteran communities.
Deadline – extended!: March 2, 2018

Get the Word Out

The more, the merrier: We want to continue to grow our grantee family! We’re asking for your help to spread the news to would-be first-time applicants about the California Arts Council’s many opportunities for state arts funding. Share this flyer and encourage all to apply! Complete details on open programs and upcoming deadlines can be found on our website at www.arts.ca.gov/programs.

Honoring our veterans through arts programming

With Veterans Day just around the corner — a day dedicated to acknowledging as a nation the hard work, commitment, and sacrifices of our service men and women — we felt it appropriate that our latest blog be dedicated to our country’s veterans as well.

At the California Arts Council, we honor the veteran experience year-round, through our Veterans Initiative in the Arts (VIA) program. VIA is centered upon developing veterans’ creative expression by providing opportunities to be a part of arts programming tailored to their unique experiences. Veterans gain personal insight through the making of art, and help to cultivate a greater public understanding of those experiences through sharing their work.

We asked three of our VIA grantees to give us a glimpse into their projects and, in their own words, tell us what the experience has meant for them:

The PGK Dance Project

The PGK Dance Project aims to change society’s preconceived notions of who a veteran is. The contemporary dance company collaborated with veterans and working artists accomplished in painting, music, and spoken word to perform before live audiences. Military and family received free admission to the public performances.cac_blog_PGKProject

“Vets are not just the images and ideas we perceive but also people who, beyond their service, are artistic assets,” says artistic director Peter G. Kalivas. “These veterans protected our quality of life, and through the Veterans in the Arts program, they now help create the landscape and elevate the quality of arts and culture.”

Resounding Joy

Resounding Joy believes firmly in the power of music as medicine for those in all walks of life, veterans included. The organization’s Semper Sound program assists veterans with physical and psychological rehabilitation by enlisting music as a strategy for overcoming their obstacles.cac_blog_ResoundingJoy

“Music therapy isn’t only musicianship or music instruction,” says founder Barbara Reuer. “Therapists are trained on evidence-based techniques that help participants achieve their goals.”

VetArt 

“VetArt believes our Veterans have an important role to play in our communities,” says program developer and instructor Mark Jesinoski. “We use art-making to honor their service, to connect them with each other and to share their perspective and stories to the broader community.”

CAC’s support helps VetArt employ three veterans as sculpting artists, teaching introductory bronze casting courses to other active duty or retired military.

“When Veterans leave the military, they lose the sense of camaraderie that was part of their daily lives,” Jesinoski adds. “This project is designed to build peer support … it’s about connecting veterans with each other and their communities through art.”

Stay tuned: Guidelines and applications for next year’s VIA grant program will be available December 5.

P.S. Mark your calendar! These three grantees will be just a few of the organizations participating in an all-day arts and military event coming up on December 7. The Creative Forces Summit will explore the connection between creative arts therapies in patient-centered care at military clinical sites and community-based arts programs that allow patients to continue exploring art practices as part of their healing process.

If you’re in the San Diego region, join us and our national and local partners for this free event.

 

Blog bite: JUMP StArts gets a boost

The California Arts Council received a welcome mention last week in a piece on the power of arts participation for at-risk youth.

Online media outlet Youth Today tackled the topic of youth access to the arts, specifically those involved in the juvenile justice system. The article, “Arts Seen As Crucial to Healing Youth, Changing the Juvenile Justice System,” published on October 27, discusses the emergence of JUMP StArts, our grant program supporting arts programming for youth engaged in the juvenile justice system, in 2013, as a response to the growing belief in arts integration as an agent of change.

JUMP StArts received a recent budget increase of $750,000, testament to its value for youth in the system. Grant availability for the 2017-18 program will be announced shortly, so stay tuned! Get the story here—with a special nod to L.A.-based grantee Street Poets Inc.!

Top 3 Reasons to Be a California Arts Council Panelist

As winter approaches and 2017 draws to a close, the staff and council at the CAC are busy thinking ahead to next year! We’re on a quest for the best and the broadest minds in the field to serve on peer-review panels for our grant programs in the first half of 2018.

As an artist, arts administrator, policy maker or activist, that means you!

Here’s how it works: Each spring, applications to our grant programs are reviewed by a panel of three to five arts and culture experts. Panelists independently read and review between 30 and 60 applications via our online portal, then come to our offices in Sacramento—travel expenses paid—for one to three days to collaboratively rank applications. The rankings are brought to our Council members to inform funding decisions.

That’s the who/what/when and where for you. Now comes the why.

Why should you be a part of our panels? Here are the CAC’s top three reasons you should apply today:

1. It’s good for us.

This is the more obvious one, hence its place at the top of the list. No question, you’re doing us a solid by participating. We literally can’t do this without you. It’s crucial that grant application evaluation is unbiased, considered by groups with varied backgrounds, identities, and knowledge bases. Our conference room of panelists will ideally match the demographics of our state (minus nearly 40 million people, plus a dozen bagels).

2. It’s good for you.

Joining one of our panels isn’t just a benefit to us, there’s a major upside for you, too. It’s a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers in the field, to gain insight on a wide array of arts organizations while reviewing, to glean suggestions for your organizations over lunch. It’s also a great way to broaden your perspective on the arts in California, soaking up ideation and creativity; gaining exposure to different business models and leadership styles; gauging potential and community impact. Every learning is a chance to reignite and reinvigorate your own mission and values as part of the creative community. Don’t just take our word for it—this guest blog from one of last year’s panelists comes to the very same conclusions.

3. It’s good for California. 

When you help us to enrich the lives of those who live in our state by access to and participation in the arts, it’s a good thing. When you emerge newly inspired to do the same, it’s a good thing. When our grant applicants receive expert evaluation to ensure maximum benefit to their communities, it’s a good thing. Being a panelists is a win-win-win situation that leaves us all better off. Apply now!

This week in arts funding

It’s been a busy and exciting week in the world of arts funding!

On Tuesday morning, the California Arts Council made what is arguably our biggest announcement of the year: more than $15 million dollars to be distributed among 1,076 grantees! We increased maximum grant request amounts within many of our programs and expanded our arts education grant programs to reach students outside the classroom. We also funded grantees through three new pilot programs this year: Reentry through the Arts, Research in the Arts, and Arts and Public Media.

Award totals were nearly double that of last year, and mark the largest investment in grants for the Arts Council since 2003. No small achievement!

We will admit, it’s our favorite time of year. It’s the culmination of all of our efforts here at the CAC. To be able to share the news, congratulate all of our grantees, then sit back and put the spotlight on the great work they’ll do locally with the state’s support—fostering art and creativity, shaping our communities, inspiring and informing.

Right away, our social media started lighting up with giddy grantees and appreciative art supporters. We love it, and we love our grantees!

We were still floating high on that cloud when, the very next morning, another big reveal: this time from the National Endowment for the Arts. The federal agency announced its second round of funding for the 2017 fiscal year, including $5.3 million for 162 grantees in the state of California. More than $1.1 million will provide support directly to the California Arts Council.

NEA funding has a massive impact on California communities, not just through direct contributions to arts organizations in the form of grants, but through its intrinsic value. The power of an NEA grant can attract matching funds and spur economic interest through other means.

And the NEA as a leader and partner is, of course, invaluable to us at the Arts Council. The annual grant we receive supports the fulfillment of our strategic plan, provides additional funds to our grantees, and helps California’s overall creative economy thrive.

A huge thank you to the NEA, and a whopping congratulations to state and federal grantees!

(Pictured: The Regional Organization of Oaxaca in Los Angeles will receive a California Arts Council grant to produce a series of workshops celebrating the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The organization also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.)