For Artists

Opportunities for Artists


Artists like you make Santa Cruz County a better place to live. That’s why we’re here: to support you and other artists with the funding, relationships, and opportunities you need to share your art with our community. 


Browse opportunities for support below. 


Apply for a Grant

Unlock thousands of dollars in grant funding to make your next creative dream a reality. We support artistic projects and development for artists and arts organizations.


Get funded →


Connect with Schools

Inspire a kid. Build relationships. Make someone else’s day a little more colorful. Join our high quality network of Teaching Artists in Santa Cruz County. We share this resource with dozens of schools across the county every year, connecting teachers and school leaders with new artists to bring into their classrooms.


Join our Teaching Artist network

For Teaching Artists →


Join the Open Studios Art Tour

Be one of the 300 artists to throw open your doors and welcome in the community during Open Studios. Every October, we turn Santa Cruz County into a giant art tour and generate more than $700,000 in art sales back into the community.


Join your creative neighbors

Open Studios Website →

Hearts for the Arts

Each February, we invite local artists to donate a small piece of love- or heart-themed art for Heart for the Arts. All of the proceeds from the silent auction go to the Arts Council’s arts education programs SPECTRA and Mariposa Arts – which serve more than 18,000 youth across Santa Cruz County.


Share your art →

County Government Building Exhibits

Display your latest artworks right in downtown Santa Cruz. Each year, the Santa Cruz County Government Building hosts a rotating exhibit of 2-D and 3-D artists on their 1st and 5th floors. Artwork is seen by hundreds and hundreds of people during each 9-week exhibit.


Apply to show your work →