YSA Awarded New California Arts Council Grants

Earlier this year, Yuba Sutter Arts announced that it had received a new two-year State Local Partnership grant having received the highest panel ratings possible achieved by only a few other local arts agencies. It was ranked right alongside Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Napa, and a few other very large organizations.  Application to this operational funding grant program requires approval by resolution of both County Boards of Supervisors who designate YSA as their official arts agency.

This week the California Arts Council announced three additional grant awards totaling $41,000 to Yuba Sutter Arts as part of its Veterans Initiative in the Arts, Arts Exposure – Field Trips and Artists in Communities programs. These grants will enable us to send our local high schools students to world class museums in Sacramento and San Francisco, support a project by a local military Veteran and professional artist to create portraits of Pearl Harbor attack survivors and to create a mentorship program for emerging artists led by working professional artists.

“Yuba Sutter Arts continues to grow in stature as it expands its portfolio of programs and events for the betterment of the Yuba-Sutter Community,” said David Read, Executive Director. “We are proud of all we have achieved and work hard every day to demonstrate how our creative and cultural community is an essential part of economic development for the region,” he added. 

Yuba Sutter Arts 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.