California Arts Council

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The California Arts Council is a state agency based in Sacramento. Its eleven council members are appointed by the Governor and the state Legislature. The agency's mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity.


The California Arts Council was established in 1975 and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, who dissolved the existing 15-member California Arts Commission, which had been in existence since 1963.

The opening paragraph of California Code Section 8750-8756 reads:<br />

The Legislature perceives that life in California is enriched by art.<br />

The source of art is in the natural flow of the human mind. Realizing craft and beauty is demanding, however, the people of the state desire to encourage and nourish these skills wherever they occur, to the benefit of all.'<br />

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Over the past 35 years, the California Arts Council has administered dozens of grant programs and initiatives that have affected hundreds of artists and organizations, and in turn millions of Californians.<br />

Purpose of state arts agencies

When Congress created the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1965, it required the NEA to apportion funds to any state that established an arts agency. State arts agencies increase public access to the arts and work to ensure that every community in America enjoys the cultural, civic, economic and educational benefits of a thriving arts sector. To do this, according to the , state arts...
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