Arts Council Associates


Arts Council Associates are a group of local artists and representatives of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations interested in mutual support, collaboration, and the promotion of arts events and programs. We meet every other month to chat, network, and catch-up, but also to share our challenges and triumphs, and figure out where partnerships can strengthen our community.They also co-produce the Gail Rich Awards each January, which celebrates local creatives and philanthropists who enrich our artistic community.

Connect with the Associates Facebook group. Share events, professional development opportunities, arts advocacy info, and other news, tips, questions and inspirations.


Become an Arts Council Associate!

Any individual or organization interested in, or associated with, arts or cultural activities in Santa Cruz County is eligible to become a Council Associate. Members pay annual dues, which are set by the Associates. Dues are $35, used for supporting materials and to co-produce the Gail Rich Awards – and to buy snacks for the meetings.

Becoming a member or renewing your membership is easy:

New members: Contact Deanna Zachary to join. She’ll gather info about your organization, give you a brief orientation, and answer any questions you may have.

Renewing members: Email any changes in contact information (phone, address, email, representatives, etc.) to Deanna. No forms needed.

Make your payment:

Dues are $35 by September 30 by clicking here.

Payment by check: Make checks payable to the Arts Council; write “2016-17 Associates” in the memo line. Mail with your payment to 1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

If you have any questions, call Deanna at (831) 475-9600 x21.

Meeting schedule, Meetings are held from 8:45 am to 10:15 am.
January 11, 2018
March 8, 2018
May 10, 2018
July meeting cancelled
September 14, 2018
November 9, 2018


Meetings are in various locations, including Radius Gallery, the MAH, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and the Art League. Please call or email Deanna for the location of the meeting you would like to attend.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Zachary, Development & Community Relations Manager