Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture Awarded California Arts Council 

Impact Grant and State Local Partnership Grant

The California Arts Council has just announced grant awards totaling $140,000 to Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture (YSAC) as part of its Impact Grants and State Local Partnership (SLP) programs during its 2023 grant cycle.  

The Impact Grant funds will help support a program that engages young students in art projects promoting an understanding of green spaces. This class will use art as a jumping-off point to explore urban green spaces with an effort to answer the question, “How does urbanization affect surrounding rural areas?” These after-school visual arts classes will emphasize participation by elementary and middle school students in Marysville and Yuba City where currently few visual arts classes are offered.

The SLP grant will help YSAC, the only two-county SLP in the state, with funds toward the salaries of its professional staff. The grant also helps support the Artists in Residence and Yuba Sutter Poet Laureate programs. It will also sustain the Poetry Out Loud and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards programs. 

“Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture is proud to have served as a State Local Partner of the CA Arts Council for 42 years,” said David Read, YSAC Executive Director. “This support will ensure continuity for the many programs and events we provide for the community with an emphasis on arts in education programming,” he added. 

Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with more than 850 grant awards totaling more than $32.75 million in projected funding projected investments for operational and project support to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state of California.

The nearly $33 million in awards for the 2023 grant cycle sets a new record for the state arts agency’s investment in California’s arts and culture workforce via permanent state and federal allocations for local assistance funds, upwards of $2.8 million more than its last record-setting year in 2020.

“In this last year, the California Arts Council has been working diligently to listen to our field, to be responsive to the moment, and to do our best to make our investments strategic and equitable,” said California Arts Council Executive Director Jonathan Moscone. “I am proud that we are able to disperse more than 850 grants throughout the state so that the arts can continue to have a deep and positive impact on the vast and diverse communities of California.”

Organizations were awarded grants across six different program areas 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, county local

arts agencies and arts service organizations, and opportunities with deep investment for both general operating and project-based support.

Read the full announcement by the California Arts Council for more details and to view a complete listing of all 2023 CAC grantees by county, alphabetically by organization, and by program.

Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts programming, education, advocacy, assistance, and service to artists, organizations, and residents of Yuba and Sutter Counties. The local affiliate for Yuba and Sutter of the California Arts Council, its programs include Arts in Education, Veterans Initiatives in the Arts, Arts in Corrections, Very Special Arts Festival, Convergence Theater Company, Center Stage Productions, the Yuba Sutter Big Band, Harvest the Arts and many more.   

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. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.