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State Budget Inculdes $8.8 Million Increase in California Arts Council Funding

Posted on: Jul 2, 2018

On June 27, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $8.8 million one-time increased funding allocation for the California Arts Council (California's state arts agency). This funding increase will extend the reach of the California Arts Council's competitive grant programs to meet the needs and demand for arts and cultural experiences benefiting diverse communities across the state. These programs serve California communities by funding local nonprofit arts activities with a focus on fostering safe and healthy communities, arts learning, and equitable access to the arts.

The overall California Arts Council budget for fiscal year 2018-19 also includes approximately $1.1 million in annual federal support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and approximately $2.5 million in annual funds from sales and renewals of California's Arts License Plate and voluntary state tax return contributions to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. With all sources combined, the Arts Council's total 2018-19 budget will be approximately $27.53 million. The budget also includes an additional, separate $8 million state allocation for California’s Arts in Corrections program, administered by the California Arts Council.

Timeline: Recent California Arts Council State General Fund Allocations
California's investment in the arts has been steadily increasing since fiscal year 2013-14, as outlined in the chart below. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, California ranked 38th out of 50 states in per capita state arts funding for 2017-18.

The full press release from the California Council on the Arts can be found here and an official press release on the state budget from the Office of Governor Brown can be found here.
For more information on the California Arts Council, visit www.arts.ca.gov.