Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr. signed a one-time $5 million increase in funding to the California Arts Council in June 2014. This is the first time in over ten years that the arts have seen an increase in general fund monies. The California Arts Council funding was cut by 94% in 2003.
In 2013 the Arcata Playhouse received a $10,000 Creating Places of Vitality grant from the California Arts Council for the Creamery District. The California Arts Council also funds many other local projects including Artists in the Schools.
“This is an historic day for the arts in California. The Council expresses our deepest gratitude to Governor Brown, the legislature, and the arts community for their powerful support of increased state arts funding,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. Aitken continued, “With this support, our state’s elected officials have reinvested in the arts as a critical tool for supporting our students, fueling our state’s economy, and revitalizing our communities.”
The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing excellent, effective, and relevant programs and services. See the California Arts Council website for more information.