Friday, May 8, 2020

Amador County Arts Council Awarded California Arts Council State Local Partnership Grant

JACKSON CA– Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $95,500 (for two years) to the Amador County Arts Council (AmadorArts) as part of its State Local Partnership program.

This grant supports AmadorArts programs and services, most notably: free visual and performing arts education in local schools and community facilities; serving public school students,  disabled adults, incarcerated youth, seniors, and the general public. Popular AmadorArts offerings include TGIF Free Summer Concert Series, Poetry Out Loud, Amador County Poet Laureate, Supportive Funding small grants, scholarships, free exhibition space for local artists of all ages, print publications, broadcast productions, online arts resources, Monthly Open Mic, and an annual Student Arts Showcase.

This grant relies upon support from the community through financial and service donations. Winefest is the non-profit’s annual fundraiser which provides much of the financial 1:1 match required by this grant.

Meghan O’Keefe, Executive Director of AmadorArts, happily received word of the announcement, saying, “Creativity is at the heart of country living. Grants like the State Local Partnership program make the arts accessible to our rural and isolated community. It is because of this grant that AmadorArts can celebrate 38 years of free lifelong art learning, music, and community art events.”

Amador County Arts Council was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The investment of nearly $30 million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history.

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting our state's communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California's historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency's vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees.

"Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

Amador County Arts Council relies upon donors to make it eligible for this grant. Without donations, it cannot bring this grant program to the community. Make a donation today to ensure that it can continue to provide these programs and services to people in Amador.


Amador County Arts CouncilEveryone Has a Home in the Arts. A 501(c)3 since 1982 with the mission to encourage, support and promote the arts in our schools and community.

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. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

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