Through the New California Arts Fund, we are helping arts nonprofits move engagement to the core of who they are and what they do. We provide multiyear grants for organization capacity building and arts engagement programming that encourages participation in the arts among California’s diverse and low-income communities. This engagement work is resulting in significant changes to our grantee-partners' artistic programming, staffing, governance, business models and more. NCAF grantee-partners are selected through an invitation-only process.
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Through the Exploring Engagement Fund, we have provided risk capital to seed more than 100 experiments that have fueled arts engagement with a diverse group of more than 800,000 Californians, including many low-income participants. We are no longer accepting applications.
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We have supported the development of a strong field of arts leaders and organizations working to strengthen California communities by enabling all Californians to engage in the arts. We believe that achieving this requires nonprofit arts organizations to intentionally change by expanding arts engagement and being more responsive and relevant to the public.
To that end, we publish research and evaluation on arts engagement, and foster opportunities for practitioners to share their on-the-ground experiences and insights with others in the field.
We welcome you to review the latest research.