The council's action reflects its longstanding commitment to arts education and California's young people, and a desire to stimulate increased economic development in communities across the state through the arts and creativity.
The Assembly in July awarded the council $2 million in from the 2013 Assembly operating budget. Funds will be distributed through competitive grant programs and through special arts education initiatives, resulting from two years of work by a statewide arts education coalition, known as CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate).
The California Arts Council is a founding organization of the CREATE CA coalition, formed to address the full inclusion of arts into the California public education system.
The following five programs and initiatives were approved:
Creative California Communities
The Arts in Turnaround Schools in California
Creativity at the Core
Statewide Chinese Cultural Exchange Symposium
Interested cities are encouraged to visit the California Arts Council's website
to learn more about these programs and initiatives as further details become available. Notification of guidelines for applicable programs will be published in the California Arts Council's weekly newsletter, California ArtBeat
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