B.J. Jordan, Executive Director of the SCAC has spent the last 10 years lobbying our legislature in Sacramento in support of funding for the arts, especially funding for rural frontier communities like Sierra County. As state funding for the arts continues to grow, so too has the CAC's support for the field. This year's permanent increased funding allocation provides the agency added opportunity to activate the arts, culture and creative expression for social change that uplifts all of California's diverse residents. An estimated $35 million will be awarded to this year's grant recipients—a 30 percent increase over the prior fiscal year, and the largest projected investment of local assistance funds in the agency’s history.
"As Californians, creativity sits at the heart of our identity," said Anne Bown-Crawford, Executive Director of the CAC. "We are grateful to open another grant season with even more to offer to California's artists, innovators, and culture bearers-with a complete understanding of the return on the investment in the form of a vibrant, resilient, better California for all." B.J. met with Ann two years ago as she traveled and connected with arts agencies across our state and listened to the rural voice regarding arts programming and funding.
Do you have an art program or project you would like to have come to Sierra County? The Sierra County Arts Council is here to help. As your local arts agency, we are happy to partner with individuals and groups who might be interested in grant funding from the CAC. We are also happy to offer technical assistance to those interested. More information, including program-specific details, dates, guidelines, and staff contacts can be found at www.arts.ca.gov/programs. Information on SCAC programs and events may be found at www.sierracountyartscouncil.org.