May 2023 Newsletter
The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to share this newsletter with information about California Arts Council's funding opportunities, Californians for the Arts, the annual Arts Leadership Awards Program, and Inductees to the 2023 Women’s Hall of Fame. All of the programs of the Arts Commission are based on the belief that arts and creativity are essential to every successful and thriving community.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in supporting and strengthening the Alameda County arts community!
California Arts Council Funding Opportunities
Deadline to Apply: June 6, 2023

Statewide arts grant opportunities fund arts engagement and infrastructure to bolster well-being, resilience, and vitality of California’s arts workforce
The California Arts Council (CAC) has announced the opening of its 2023 grant season, with online applications now being accepted. The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The Arts Council is California’s only public arts grants provider with funding that is accessible to all 58 California counties. 

The California Arts Council 2023 grant program offerings have been carefully designed to benefit the whole of California’s arts and culture ecosystem, with focused considerations for first-time applicants, small and mid-size arts and organizations, folk and traditional art forms, and arts service organizations, and balanced opportunities with deep investment for both general operating and project-based support.

2023 CAC Grant Opportunities

For a complete list and more information, including grant-specific details, dates, guidelines, and staff contacts can be found at

The Individual Artists Fellowship opportunity for Alameda County artists is being administered through Youth Speaks and will be open this summer! Keep an eye out for more information about this opportunity!

Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Support – Up to $30,000 each year for two years of direct funding to arts and cultural organizations in support of ongoing operations, prioritizing small organizations.

Administering Organization: Folk and Traditional Arts – Up to $1,000,000 in funding for one or more Administering Organizations (AO) with a demonstrated capacity for statewide and regional reach that will regrant funds, provide technical assistance, and/or build capacity with artists and arts organizations in support of folk and traditional arts expressions.

Impact Projects – Up to $25,000 in support collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues experienced by California’s historically and systemically under-resourced communities.

Statewide and Regional Networks – Up to $50,000 in support for arts service organizations providing practical resources for the communities they serve.

All application submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 6, 2023.
Update from Californians for the Arts
Californians for the Arts led the state's 5th annual Arts, Culture and Creativity Month during the month of April. Check out videos from the California Arts & Culture Summit including the welcome address as well as the main stage panels, and hear what some of the attendees and participants had to say about it here.

In April, hundreds of arts advocates showed up in Sacramento for meetings with state-level legislators. Californians for the Arts reported that over 70% of our state-level elected officials received visits from arts advocates who shared information about the critical need for ongoing investments in arts and culture in order to build a thriving and equitable California economy. Want to learn more? Download this summary.

Visit Californians for the Arts to learn about how to be involved!

Annual Arts Leadership Awards Program
Nomination Deadline Extended until May 22 at 5:00pm!
Community members are invited to submit nominations for the 2023 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards Program. This annual program enables the Alameda County Arts Commission to recognize five individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County. You must be an Alameda County resident to submit a nomination. One nomination per person. 

Click here to start the online submission form. The nomination deadline has been extended until May 22 at 5:00pm. Please spread the word about this program and submit your nomination today!

Over 100 community members have received an Arts Leadership Award since the program began in 2003! Learn more by viewing the Nomination Instructions and the List of the Past Award Recipients. Images below feature the 2022 and 2021 Arts Leadership Award Recipients.
New Inductees to the
Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame
March was Women’s History Month and Alameda County hosted its 28th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on March 25. This annual event recognizes women for their achievements and contributions to Alameda County and its residents in 13 different categories. This year's event was a huge success and was attended by over 300 people. Angela Wellman was inducted into the Culture & Art Category. Angela founded the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory centers the Black experience in the development of American musical culture. She leads a coalition to build a national network of public conservatories with a unified philosophy of equity, belonging, and empathy through music education. To learn more, view a video about Angela!

The Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1993 by County Administrator, Susan S. Muranishi, to celebrate local women making a difference in the diverse communities of Alameda County and to preserve their stories in the County archives. Women are honored in categories that span most fields of work including business, community service, culture & art, education, environment, health, justice, philanthropy, science & technology, and sports & athletics. There are also categories for emerging leaders, high school youth, and non-traditional careers. Community members can submit nominations now for the 2024 program on the Women's Hall of Fame website.
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Top artwork image: Clearing Storm Clouds and Spring Foliage on Oaks, Sunol Regional Park, Alameda County, California by artist Rob Badger.
This artwork is part of the Alameda County Art Collection and was commissioned for the Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower. Artwork copyright the artist.

Alameda County Arts Commission
The Office of the Arts Commission is proud to be a division of the County’s Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder Agency led by elected official Melissa Wilk. The support and leadership provided by Melissa Wilk is critical to the work of the Arts Commission. The Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder Agency has an extensive leadership role with the County government and the Arts Commission.

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