Since 1979 Arts Council has fueled and supported the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts ecosystem. We’re a private, non-profit agency made up of a staff, board, and volunteers dedicated to strengthening our Santa Cruz community through the arts.
Arts Council Santa Cruz County generates creativity, vibrancy, and connection.
A stronger Santa Cruz County, where creative expression thrives and the arts are integral to all aspects of our diverse community.
What We Do
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 more than three decades, we’ve connected artists to the community through this flagship program.
Grants: We invest more than $200,000 annually in artists and arts organizations in Santa Cruz County.
Arts Education: The SPECTRA & Mariposa Arts programs provide arts education in public schools to more than 16,000 students.
Workforce Development: We support and develop the creative sector through meetups, workshops, professional development grants and fiscal sponsorships.
Collaborations & Initiatives: We work to strengthen our community through projects with unlikely partners, advocacy efforts, cultural tourism initiatives and more.
What We Believe
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