The California Arts Council today announced grant awards totaling $15 million to a record number of grantees throughout the state.
The grant total is nearly double what the council handed out last year.
"Arts funding in California has been steadily increasing over the past several years," says Caitlin Fitzwater with the council. "But this year, very significantly, there was a $6.8 million one-time state General Fund increase that allowed our arts council to really expand the reach of the grant programs."
Fitzwater says just over 1,000 applicants will get state money for a wide range of arts and culture projects.
"Just in the Sacramento area alone we're supporting artist residency projects at the Calidanza Dance Company, Short Center Repertory, the Latino Center for Arts and Culture," says Fitzwater. "We'll be supporting arts education projects of 916 Ink, Studio T Urban Dance, the Sacramento Theatre Company, Yolo Arts. So really a broad array of organizations."
Those organizations include groups that benefit California students, veterans, arts educators, at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated people.