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Arts Council Santa Cruz County Annual Report


Since 1979, the Arts Council has been a passionate supporter of the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts movement. We’re a private, non-profit agency made up of a staff, board, and volunteers who are dedicated to serving the arts community.

Our Mission

To promote, connect, and invest in the arts to stimulate creativity and vibrancy in Santa Cruz County.

Promote: Individuals, organizations and the arts sector.

Connect: Creators to arts lovers and the community.

Invest: Grants. Education. Awareness.

Creativity: Individual and collective artistic expression is a valued part of our culture, economy, education, and everyday life.

Vibrancy: Artistic creativity and arts education inspires and enriches our lives.


What We Do

Provide funds and support services to artists and arts organizations.

Support a wide range of arts education opportunities.

Advocate for ongoing support for the arts.

Lead community collaborations and partnerships.

Communicate both the intrinsic and economic value of the arts.


How We Do It

We offer a variety of programs and services, including:

Open Studios Art Tour: One of the most popular annual arts events in Santa Cruz County. For nearly three decades, we’ve connected artists to the community through this flagship program.

Grants: Investing in artists and their professional development, as well as arts organizations and their creative and cultural programs.

Arts Education: The SPECTRA & Mariposa’s Art programs provide arts education in public schools, serving more than 10,000 children and teens each year.

Technical Assistance & Workforce Development: Our efforts support and develop the creative sector through Arts Council Associates, Exhibitions, Workshops, and Fiscal Sponsorships.

Collaborations & Initiatives: We help advance arts and culture county-wide through advocacy efforts, cultural tourism initiatives, the naming and promotion of a Poet Laureate and much more.


What We Believe

The arts have the potential to transform society. They allow people free expression. Artistic enjoyment gives us shared experiences that connect us all to community. The arts help people of all ages develop communication skills and engage in critical thinking. We love taking part in improving the quality of life in Santa Cruz County through supporting and advocating for the arts.

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Arts Council’s tax ID number:
94-2600140