California allocates $616 million in arts and culture funding

Posted on: July 23, 2021

“When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the 2021-22 state budget on July 12, the arts, culture and live events industries got $616 million,” writes Lily Janiak in Thursday’s (7/22) San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron P. Muriera, board president of Californians for the Arts, a co-founder of San Jose Arts Advocates as well as a consultant and artist himself, remembers when the California Arts Council had less than $1 million to grant to the entire state, in the 2003-04 fiscal year…. The approximately $616 million includes: $50 million for small nonprofits for employee expenses …; $150 million to live event venues and businesses …; $128 million to the California Arts Council, $60 million of which supports the piloting of [a] … project hiring artists to further public health goals; $50 million to museums; $238 million … to specific organizations. Muriera credits the increase partly to Newsom, noting that the governor also increased the California Arts Council’s budget by $10 million in 2019, and partly to an unusual coalition of advocates brought together by the pandemic. California Arts Advocates joined forces with the California chapter of the National Independent Venue Association and the California Association of Museums.”