For Artists

Artists like you make Santa Cruz County a better place to live. Browse opportunities for support below. 

Apply for an Arts Council Grant

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

Join our Teaching Artist network

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.

Participate in Open Studios

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. Applications for the 2023 tour will be available March 1.

Exhibit your artwork at the County Building

Every year, the Santa Cruz County Government Building hosts a rotating exhibit of 2D and 3D artists on their 1st and 5th floors. Artwork is seen by hundreds of people during each 9-week exhibit. Apply now to exhibit your artwork in 2023. Application deadline is December 9, 2022.