November News

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Members of the board of California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts and Executive Director Julie Baker met in Sacramento for a retreat on October 30th, 2018.


Message from ED and Board

Dear Arts Advocacy Colleagues,

It’s a good day to celebrate after an historic election with many firsts across the nation and some victories in our state of California including the passage of Proposition E in San Francisco. We welcome Governor elect Newsom and look forward to working with his team to advance the arts in California and thank Governor Brown for his recognition of the value the arts, culture and creativity bring to California.

In fact, that is what this small but mighty all volunteer (until last month!) led organization has been doing since 1996. Building the case for support for the arts at the State and Federal level. Walking the halls of the Capitol during the lean years when arts funding was at historic lows of $1 million per year to this last budget cycle where we saw close to $26 million in total funding for the arts in California and over $21 million in grants from the California Arts Council. We are proud of our work here at California Arts Advocates and are grateful to the legislative champions, CAA members, our lobbyist and the advocates across the State who never give up because we know the difference the arts make socially, economically and spiritually.

Historically when we see success we tend to get complacent, we sit back and say but the arts are getting back to historic funding levels, we are good. But for those who fight from the trenches we know this is not true. We must continue to build awareness with new administrations, demonstrate our value, look for new funding opportunities and support equity in the arts for all Californians. There is still a lot of work to be done and we are here to make that happen.

Just last week our board met for a retreat. We set out a plan to bring back arts advocacy day but renamed as Arts, Culture and Creativity Month (ACCM) because one day to celebrate the power of the arts is simply not enough! ACCM will be a series of activities developed throughout California in April of 2019 with a soon to be determined date at the Capitol with legislative visits. Right now we are creating the materials to train delegates across the State to advocate for the arts in your local communities, and at the State and Federal levels.

If you are interested in a training in your area, please send Executive Director Julie Baker an email, Working together with a common message, our voice and our support grows stronger. We also identified other priorities for our partner organization Californians for the Arts including the creation of a cultural equity committee and professional development series, surveys of the field and more. We are here to represent your concerns and your voices, so please let us know your priorities too.

And although we’ve done an excellent job advocating for state funding for the arts, we’ve neglected to make our own organization’s sustainability a priority. We need your support to continue to build upon the great strides we have already made and to be the network of networks for arts advocacy in California. As the 5th largest economy in the world, California leads, as identified in the 2018 Otis Report, in the Creative economy output which totaled $407.1 billion (direct, indirect, and induced) and generated 1.6 million jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and those wage and salary workers earned $141.5 billion in total labor income.

With 789,900 direct jobs in the creative economy, California surpasses New York State which has 477,300 jobs followed by Texas at 230,500. We are a force to be reckoned with, our mission has never been clearer and we are ready with your support to grow support for the arts in California. If you are not a member, please join or renew today! If you want to make a personal contribution, please donate to Californians for the Arts.

Thank you for your commitment to create a better California by advancing the arts, culture and creativity.

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Victoria L. Hamilton
President of CAA/CFTA
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Julie Baker
Executive Director, CAA/CFTA
Election News
Congratulations Governor Newsom!
We look forward to working with you to advance the arts in California.

Yes-on-E-Logo-Design (1)Proposition E passes by a 2/3 majority in San Francisco

Congratulations to CAA board members Jonathon Moscone and Brad Erickson for their tenacity and hard work to see Prop E pass by 74% in San Francisco. Proposition E will send a portion of the revenue from the city’s tax on hotel room stays to fund arts and cultural programs. Erickson provided this quote as he boarded a plane for NY this morning, “In San Francisco, Proposition E won and won big, with more than 3/4 of the vote. The measure was backed by an extraordinary coalition of arts and culture groups — large and small budget organizations, white-led companies and organizations of color, individual artists and fired-up citizens who understand the crucial role of the arts in making San Francisco the famously vibrant, open and creative city it is”.

For more information on Proposition E in San Francisco, Click HERE
Click HERE for a full report on California elections.

Americans for the Arts Hosts: Post-Midterm Election Coverage
What it means for the arts and what’s next
November 19, 3pm

The 2018 Mid-Term Elections will undoubtedly bring a lot of changes to the political arena. But what will this mean for the arts? Join Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Lauren Cohen, Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, and Elisabeth Dorman, State and Local Government Affairs Manager, as we review the results of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and the potential implications to the arts at the state and federal levels. We will review changes to the U.S. Congress, as well as Governorships and state and local ballot initiatives impact on the arts.

Click HERE for more info.

Open Call for Panelists & CAC 2018-2019 Grant Programs

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Apply to serve on a California Arts Council peer-review grant panel! Participate in cultural policy in action. New this year: Panelists receive an honorarium for their in-person service.

More Info
Deadlines to apply:
November 15, 2018, and January 15, 2019



CAC Grants Open Now

The California Arts Council helps maintain California’s unique identity by investing in organizations that keep its artistic energy thriving and make its diverse communities healthy and vibrant. Program-specific details, dates, guidelines, staff contacts, and more can be found at the links below.

Click HERE for application resources, grantee forms, CAC logos, and panel information, visit our Programs Resources page.

WATCH: A video overview of 2018-2019 Grant Programs & Funding Opportunities.

Board Member News

New CEO of Lewis Prize for Music

Board Member Dalouge Smith is now CEO of the Lewis Prize for Music established this year by philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis.

Dalouge served as President and CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) for over thirteen years where he led SDYS’ advocacy work that resulted in the restoration of in-school arts education for 40,000 children.

The Lewis Prize will recognize and resource extraordinary activist-music-creatives across the country to build more vibrant and fair communities for all. In this KPBS Radio first person segment, Dalouge explains what drew him to the arts and arts advocacy.


CAA Past President and board member Rick Stein meets Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

(District 73-Southeastern Los Angeles County) at a recent event in Newport Beach, where he thanked him for supporting increased funding for arts and arts education.

Did you know Speaker Rendon hosts periodic lectures and panels, and recently held one on the topic of “California Exceptionalism,” featuring artist Judy Baca, architect Frank Gehry and theatre director Peter Sellars?

Upcoming November Events

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December 10-11, Sacramento, CA
2 day free convening SLP / SRN Grantee Meeting sponsored by California Arts Council.

Click HERE for more info & to register.


Nov 08, 11am-12pm: Webinar: ‘Youth Arts Action’ Grant Program, California Arts Council, FREE!


Nov 09-12, various: National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Americans for the Arts, Seattle, WA
Nov 09-12, various: California Art Education Association 2018 Conference, CAEA, Long Beach, CA
Nov 11-14, various: NAfME National Conference, National Association for Music Education, Dallas, TX
Nov 13, 11am-12pm: Webinar: Grants for Arts and Justice, California Arts Council, FREE!
Nov 14, 11am-12pm: Webinar: ‘Veterans in the Arts’ Grant Program, California Arts Council, FREE!
Nov 14-17, various: Conference of Community Arts Education, NGFCAE, Baltimore MD



Thursday, November 8, 2018
San Francisco, CA. FREE!
Join us for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s 5th annual
EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY: Arts-Focused Youth Programming in After School Mini-ConferenceEdutainment for Equity presenter Candice Wicks-Davis leads a participatory workshop for youth and culture workers, administrators and teaching artists exploring the connections between art, equity and social justice in an after-school setting.
The workshop includes time for creative exploration and strategizing about how to implement these activities with youth at your after-school site. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

Click HERE for more info & to register

October News

Message from President

VictoriaOctober is National Arts and Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. During the month-long celebration, Americans for the Arts and California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts encourage Californians to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives.

Check out  #ShowYourArt2018,  Americans for the Art’s social media campaign which will highlight personal stories and engage arts advocates on local, state, and national levels. The campaign will feature a unique theme every day in October, and individuals and organizations are encouraged to share images on Instagram (tagging @americans4arts with #ShowYourArt2018).

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts says, “National Arts and Humanities Month” is an opportunity to enjoy a little more art for yourself and also to recognize and celebrate the positive impact the arts bring to our communities, and I hope that everyone will take part.”

Your engagement is welcome by encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts; allowing governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

Thank you for your commitment to create a better California by advancing the arts, culture and creativity.

Best wishes,
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Victoria L. Hamilton , President of CAA/CFTA


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Dear Arts Colleagues,

I am so delighted to write to you today as the first Executive Director for California Arts Advocates. Like you, I am a culture maker, an arts warrior and advocate for arts, culture and creativity to be heralded, supported and cherished. I don’t need to tell you the value arts bring to a community but we do need to share the data and our success stories. I am proud to represent both organizations. CAA is your statewide arts advocacy organization building a movement of inclusivity, awareness, funding and support for the transformative and transactional impact of the arts in California. Californians for the Arts, our 501(c)3 partner organization is a Statewide and Regional Network providing professional advocacy tools and programs to represent the needs of artists and arts organizations across the State.

The arts have been my life’s work. From New York City to Santa Cruz and Nevada City, CA I have dedicated my time, talent and resources to building community through art. When most recently I was invited to speak on a panel at a symposium presented by our county public health department on building healthy communities, I was so grateful the arts were at the table and included in the conversation; that is arts advocacy at work! Nevada City along with its neighboring city Grass Valley are one of the 14 pilot California Cultural districts awarded by the CAC. It is exciting to see how this designation will help define and improve our rural communities and how it will make an impact in the 13 other awarded districts. We are watching this closely as there are great opportunities that come with these programs.

This is a busy month for Arts convenings and I plan to be at as many as I can! This week you will find me at Arts and the Public Good, 29th annual Envisioning California Conference in Sacramento. Later in the month, I will attend Grantmakers in the Arts, Create CA, a visit to Los Angeles and wrapping up the month with a board offsite to create our strategic action plan. Where will you be this month? We want to be your source for arts activities across the state.

If you have information you would like us to include in our monthly newsletter, you can email me directly at

In order for us to continue to employ our lobbyist and apply resources to fight for increased and permanent funding for the California Arts Council, in order for us to watch and propose legislation that benefits the arts and build relationships with legislators, in order for us to build new programs and professional web based tools for advocacy, we need you to invest in our efforts.

Membership is based on your organizational size and starts at $50.
If you are not representing an organization, but still want to support our efforts, please make a donation here.

I look forward to working with you in partnership to advance the arts, culture and creativity of California.

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Julie Baker
 , Executive Director, CAA/CFTA


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AB 2456 passes!
On September 28,  legislation to allow fair compensation for peer review panelists in the CA Arts Council was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2456, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), authorizes the California Arts Council to compensate grant program review panelists for their time spent reviewing and discussing grant program applications. LEARN MORE
SB 933 Vetoed by Governor
See his letter to the California State Senate HERE

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October 04: 29th annual Envisioning California Conference , Arts & the Public Good, Sacramento, CA

October 09: CAC Grants Workshop , Irvine, CA

October 10: CAC Grants Workshops , Fresno / Oceanside, CA

October 10: Legal Clinic for Creative Artists and Inventors , San Jose, CA

October 15: CAC Grants Workshop, Bakersfield, CA

October 15-16: Create CA Annual Statewide Convening, San Jose, CA

October 16: CAC Grants WorkshopsPlacerville / Chico, CA

October 16: Creative Youth DevelopmentSan Diego, CA

October 16-18: Grantmakers for Education Annual ConferenceCoronado, CA

October 21-24: Grantmakers in the Arts , Oakland, CA


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Thursday, November 8, 2018
2nd Annual Redding Cultural District Summit
Redding, CA. FREE!
Click HERE for more info & to register
2 day free convening SLP / SRN Grantee Meeting sponsored by California Arts Council
December 10-11, Sacramento, CA  MORE INFO

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Did you know that in California, 21 of our 53 U.S. House members received an A in this year’s Congressional Arts Report Card  and both of our Senators received a Thumbs Up?

See pages 9 and 21 of the report for details.

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Join or Renew Now! We need your support. Membership is from July 1 – June 30 annually.

CAA has an impressive track record over the last six years in gradually restoring funding to the California Arts Council (CAC) but we are not back to the historic $32M peak from 2001 and California is still ranked 28th out of 50 states in per capita state arts funding for 2018-19. With all sources combined, the Arts Council’s total 2018-19 budget will be approximately $27.53 million but only $15.1 million is permanent general fund allocation.

We hope to see funding for the arts be at historic levels and be a permanent line item in the state budget but until that time we must continue to lobby and educate our legislators. The creative economy depends on it and all communities that receive CAC grants benefit from our work. Individual membership starts as low as $35 and organizational membership is based on your annual budget and starts as low as $50.

If you are a current member of CAA, thank you, your support made these efforts possible. If you are not a member or it is time to renew, JOIN NOW!

Please support CAA’s work through your personal or organizational membership. DONATE

Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates Names New Executive Director

Sacramento, CA Californians for the Arts (CFTA), a statewide network of arts organizations and California Arts Advocates (CAA), a statewide arts advocacy organization, has named Julie Baker as Executive Director.

“With a unanimous vote by the board, we are ecstatic to have Julie Baker step up as the first Executive Director of CAA/CFTA,” said Victoria L. Hamilton, Board President. “In addition to being a skilled arts administrator for over 30 years, she comes to the position as an enthusiastic, passionate arts leader who will dedicate her time to navigate both organizations through a significant time in advancing California through arts, culture and creativity.”

Baker served as Interim Executive Director for CAA/CFTA and has served on the board of CFTA and CAA as chair of the membership committee. Baker, 51, is owner of Julie Baker Projects, a consulting firm specializing in arts management and programming. Baker is a seasoned business owner and management professional with over 30 years of experience in art, service, retail and technology industries. From 2009-2017, Julie Baker served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and organization located in Grass Valley, CA. In addition to presenting over 150 events per year and increasing revenue by over 70% in less than 5 years, in 2014 Baker led the successful acquisition of California WorldFest, an 18-year old established music and camping festival. In 2018, Baker was awarded the first annual Peggy Levine Arts & Service award by the Nevada County Arts Council.

“This is an exciting time for our organizations and I am thrilled to steward the growth and value as we pivot from an all-volunteer organization to dedicated leadership,” says Baker. “California is the world’s 5th largest economy in the world with the creative economy accounting for $407.1 billion (Source Otis Report 2018) and yet trails nationwide in state funding for the arts (28th in per capita spending). Building awareness of the value of the arts to legislators and giving arts organizations and artists the tools to advocate for funding and appreciation for the arts is our goal and my passion. I am honored to be leading this charge alongside our skilled and experienced board of directors from across the state.”

Ms. Baker is a former board member of California Presenters, a statewide coalition committed to connecting, engaging and developing performing arts professionals from organizations of varied sizes and structures; and advocating for important issues in the presenting field; and the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County, the state local partner for Nevada County.

About California Arts Advocates (CAA)
Founded in 1996 as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) statewide advocacy organization by leaders in the arts field, CAA has been the collaborative force behind the battle to protect arts funding in California, as well as the successful passage of several bills that return arts programs to schools, and laws that positively impact the arts. CAA has recently been instrumental in increasing funding for the arts in California in the last 5 years by $14.1 million.

About Californians for the Arts (CFTA) CFTA, a 501c3 organization was established in 2007 by California Arts Advocates as a partner organization to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts; to ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue, and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities.

A Victory for Arts Advocates!

State Budget Passes and Arts Funding Increases

California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, signs a budget bill as he is joined by Assembly member Phil Ting, from left, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and budget chairs Senator Holly Mitchell, June 27, 2018. Jae C. Hong / AP Photo











Today let’s take a moment to celebrate a victory for the arts
California and recognize California Arts Advocates’ contribution
to restoring funding to the California Arts Council!

Thanks so much to the Governor and our devoted champions in the Legislature for recognizing the great value of arts and creativity to our state! This effort was driven by California Arts Advocates, a 501(c) for advocacy organization that hires a lobbyist and is led by a dedicated volunteer Board from all around the state. Yesterday, 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.

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.

Recent California Arts Council State General Fund Allocations

California’s investment in the arts has been steadily increasing since fiscal year 2013-2014.


CAA has an impressive track record over the last six years in gradually restoring CAC funding but we are not back to the historic $32M peak from 2001 and California is still ranked 38th out of 50 states in per capita state arts funding for 2017-18.

If you are a current member of CAA, THANK YOU, your support made these efforts possible! 

If you are not a member or it is time to renew, please do so today. We must continue to lobby for funding for the arts, the creative economy depends on it and all communities that receive CAC grants benefit from our work.
Please support CAA’s work through your personal or organizational membership.