Arts organizations, add legislators to your e-mail list to keep them informed about your arts activities throughout the year. Together, we will strengthen arts advocacy efforts within Santa Cruz County.

Advocate for the arts.

It’s critical to let government representatives know that their continued commitment to the arts is important and appreciated. Arts Council grantees, click here for a template letter. E-mail addresses and fax numbers (where available) are provided below.

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

701 Ocean Street, Room 500  //  Santa Cruz, CA 95060  // FX: (831) 454-3262

Santa Cruz City Council

809 Center Street  //  Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Capitola City Council

420 Capitola Avenue  //  Capitola, CA 95010   //  FX: (831) 464-8659

Watsonville City Council

City of Watsonville  //  275 Main St., Suite 400 (4th Floor)  //  Watsonville, CA 95076  //  FX: (831) 761-0736

Scotts Valley City Council

One Civic Center Drive  //  Scotts Valley, CA 95066

How else can I help?

In response to funding cuts faced by arts nonprofits around the country, Americans for the Arts has provided an Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit that includes:

  • a list of reasons why the arts are essential to the health and vitality of communities and the nation
  • talking points on topics such as government funding, tourism, and at-risk youth
  • tips designed to help arts nonprofits increase their visibility
  • links to additional resources
  • and an audio message from Americans for the Arts president and CEO Bob Lynch on the importance of rallying behind the arts in these times of economic uncertainty.

Get Informed

Arts Education Position Paper

Arts Council Santa Cruz County has created an Arts Education Position Paper, outlining our background with arts education, the challenges that we face, and how we can overcome those challenges to create the next generation of artists, creative thinkers, and healthy community members.
Click here for the full report.

The Santa Cruz County Arts Economy

Learn about Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. When we support the arts, we enhance our quality of life, and we invest in the vitality of the Santa Cruz County economy.

  • Generate $38.38 million in total economic activity – $21.84 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $16.54 million in event-related spending by their audiences;
  • Support 877 full-time equivalent jobs;
  • Generate $22.36 million in household income to local residents; and
  • Deliver $5.26 million in local and state government revenue.

More Advocacy Resources & Information

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies offers many advocacy tools.

Americans for the Arts offers one-page, easily distributed research documents to help make the case.

PTA Online Advocacy Toolkit for Parents offers a good template.

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network Advocacy Toolkit is geared towards state leaders but offers a plethora of facts, resources, and how-to’s and online videos to affect local change.

See what other arts organizations are up to!
California Alliance for Arts Education
Arts Education in Maryland Schools
Pittsburgh’s Art Education Collaborative
Arts Wisconsin