California Arts Council gets $6.8 million boost

Posted on: July 6, 2017

“In the state budget Gov. Jerry Brown just signed there’s a big win for the arts, and specifically the California Arts Council: $6.8 million permanently added to the agency’s budget,” writes Rachael Myrow last Wednesday (6/28) at San Francisco television station KQED. “The state agency can count on a bigger pot of money to support a wide variety of arts programs…. It’s also a sign that state legislators have reprioritized arts funding after years of dedicating little money to the council. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies ranks states according to arts funding… In terms of total state agency spending, California ranks 40th out of 50 states in per-capita funding, based on this fiscal year. The ranking based on this latest budget hasn’t been released yet.… The California Arts Council budget also includes an additional $750,000 ongoing allocation to support increased arts programming for youth engaged in the juvenile justice system, as well as an additional $2 million increased allocation for California’s Arts in Corrections program…. Altogether, the Arts Council’s total 2017-18 budget will be approximately $19.48 million, plus an additional, separate $8 million state allocation for Arts in Corrections.”

Posted July 6, 2017