Governor Brown Approves Budget with $5M Increase for California Arts Council

Governor Brown Approves Budget with $5M Increase for California Arts Council

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:15pm

Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a one-time $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the first time in over ten years the arts have seen an increase of general fund monies, after support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% in 2003.

State Budget with $5M for California Arts Council Waits for Governor's Signature

State Budget with $5M for California Arts Council Waits for Governor's Signature

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:51am

The California State Capitol seen down Capitol Mall; Sacramento, CaliforniaThe California State Legislature on Sunday approved a budget for 2014-2015 that includes a $5 million increase in funding to the California Arts Council.

California Arts Council Funding Bill Shows Promising Route through State Legislature

California Arts Council Funding Bill Shows Promising Route through State Legislature

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:40pm

Photo: CAC Logoby Amy Sauceda

The California Arts Council and Californians for the Arts are celebrating positive steps forward for an appropriation bill of $7 million.  Last Thursday, the California State Legislative Budget Conference Committee voted 8-0 to support the increase in funding for the state's arts agency.

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities Partners with Turnaround Arts CA to Expand Turnaround Arts into 2 LA County Schools

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities Partners with Turnaround Arts CA to Expand Turnaround Arts into 2 LA County Schools

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:29am

LogoPresident’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) co-chairs George Stevens Jr. and Margo Lion today announced the expansion of PCAH’s successful Turnaround Arts initiative – a program designed to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts.  The program is expanding to 6 additional states this year including ten California schools.

ACTION ALERT: Take Action for Increased California Arts Council Funding!

ACTION ALERT: Take Action for Increased California Arts Council Funding!

Please take a moment today to voice your support for a substantial increase to California's investment in the arts. Arts for LA supports Californians for the Arts (CFTA) and California Arts Advocates (CAA) in their sponsorship two pieces of legislation, SB 1432 and AB 1662, that would increase funding for the California Arts Council. 

Here are the ways you can help now:

State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Raise California Arts Council Funding to 1982 Levels

State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Raise California Arts Council Funding to 1982 Levels

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:23am

In response to decades of budget cuts to one of California's most dynamic industries, Sen. Ted Lieu today announced plans to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to levels not seen in more than a decade.

“California is home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in support of the role the 'creative economy' plays in the Golden State. “Artistic services and intellectual capital are essential to the 21st Century economy, which is dynamic, knowledge-based and increasingly global.”

Dull the Sting of Tax Time by "Checking the Box" to Support California Arts Education

Dull the Sting of Tax Time by "Checking the Box" to Support California Arts Education

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 9:05am

photo: keep arts in schoolsCalifornians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax refund. Yesterday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 571 (Senator Carol Liu, La Canada Flintridge), returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund."

Otis Report on the Creative Economy to Be Released Feb 6

Otis Report on the Creative Economy to Be Released Feb 6

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:05pm

Photo: Otis ReportOn February 6, Otis College of Art and Design will release the newest edition of its Report on the Creative Economy.  

California Arts Council Awards New Grants from State Assembly Allocation

California Arts Council Awards New Grants from State Assembly Allocation

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:47am

Photo: CAC logoAt a public meeting in Los Angeles last week, members of the California Arts Council voted in support of five new programs and initiatives to be funded by one-time support from the California State Assembly.

LA County's State Senator Ted W. Lieu to Chair Joint Arts Committee

LA County's State Senator Ted W. Lieu to Chair Joint Arts Committee

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:49pm

Sen. Ted W. Lieu today announced his appointment as chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts.