California Arts Council Changes: Take ActionNov 10, 2023
California Arts Council: Proposed Changes
The Statewide and Regional Networks grant program is one of few that support arts service organizations serving as backbones in our arts and cultural ecosystem to build more unity, capacity, and collective impact.
The CAC Programs Policy Committee has proposed an end to this program, along with several other changes that would destabilize the field and promote zero sum thinking.
SHARE YOUR VOICE
Submit written comment ahead of the CAC’s discussion on November 17th, or tune in at 10AM PST to share verbal public comment in opposition to these changes. You can also sign this petition, which advocates for $20 million in additional funding,
Suggested Talking Points:
- We recognize and support the CAC’s intention to find ways to more equitably fund arts and culture and address the historic marginalization of communities of color. However, the assumptions underlying these proposals do not fully reflect the lived experience of folks on the ground, nor do they address the root causes of inequity.
- Terminating the SRN program would create a significant void in funding for arts service organizations, hindering their ability to provide crucial support to California-based artists. It would also negatively impact organizations led by people of color and organizations that rely on SRN grants to fund their racial and cultural equity work.
- In some cases, SRNs are even fiscal sponsors that enable small unincorporated organizations to access critical state funding.
- The constant changes made by CAC to its programs are damaging to the field.
- Oppose the recommendations put forth by the Policy Programs Committee.
- Conduct a more comprehensive review of these proposals that considers the potential impact on the arts ecosystem.
- Conduct adequate data analysis and provide time for grantees to plan and adjust when significant changes are proposed.
- Work in partnership with and unite the arts ecosystem to solve the structural problems that impact the agency and the field, including its historic undercapitalization.