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Resources to support Black artists with art advocacy at the regional, state, and national level


California Arts Advocates is California's lobbying voice for the arts working to increase California’s investment in the arts, make creativity an integral part of our economy, and give artists in California a voice in Sacramento.

The Governor’s proposed $10 million cut to the California Arts Council represents a greater than 38% reduction to its $26 million grants budget, a base level that has not increased in more than 7 years. This proposal would reduce funding to the same level as 1989-1990 without adjusting for inflation while the general fund has more than doubled. This cut would put CA 45th in the United States for per capita funding for the arts.


The budget proposal also includes a total sweep of the $12.5 million for SB 1116, the performing arts equitable payroll fund which is not a new program but repurposed funds from the live venues and nonprofit performing arts grants program to aid in jobs creation, thriving wages and stability for small budget nonprofit performing arts organizations.


In total, we’re looking at budget cuts of 58%. Reducing both of these funds would have a devastating impact on a sector that is desperately trying to recover and would specifically impact rural communities, communities of color and small budget nonprofits.


We urge you to oppose these cuts and tell the Legislature to reject these proposals. We are grateful to Senator Portantino and Assemblymember Mike Gipson for being our lead champions in the Legislature opposing these cuts but they need to know we are with them. We need your help getting thousands of people to send in letters to State representatives. This action takes less than 5 minutes. Let's make our voices heard! Send in your letter today!


As the economy, industries, and climate shifts, we (Black Artists) can’t be left behind.

We Prosper Together is bridging together eight counties surrounding California’s capital to build a stronger regional economy. Building on the California Jobs First program, we are working to uplift our communities, encourage investment in the region, and create living wage jobs. Black Artist Foundry is partnering with Valley Vision, Civic Thread, Civic Well, Sacramento Asian Chamber & Cal Asian Chamber, Everyday Impact Consulting, and Building Healthy Communities, to elevate diverse voices, amplify local solutions, and aim to create living-wage jobs for a thriving future in the Sacramento & Yolo Region. 

This is our opportunity to approach economic development inclusively. To reimagine our economy and workforce, it’s up to us to come together, elevate voices, and take action.

Learn more about We Prosper Together 

Visit the Sacramento/Yolo Subregional Committee Resource Page

Upcoming Meetings:


The fifth Subregional Committee meeting for the Sacramento Yolo California Jobs First program which will be from 11:00AM - 12:30PM on Wednesday April 24th, 2024.


Hear about the research on the region’s draft industry clusters and what it means for the Sacramento/Yolo subregion.

New Opportunities: Learn about and discuss new initiatives that could benefit our community, and hear from experts on how they approach inclusion in the workforce.


Collaborative Discussion: Share your ideas and feedback on how we can collectively support the Sac/Yolo subregion's growth.


Who Should Attend: This meeting is open to all interested parties, including local business leaders, community organizers, and individuals passionate about economic development and job creation in the Sac/Yolo subregion.


Register Here


Come prepared to engage, share your insights, and help shape the future of our community. We look forward to your participation and to continuing our work together for the prosperity of the Sac/Yolo subregion.



AEP6 is the sixth economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the U.S. This study is conducted approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences. Previous studies were published in 1994, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017. (Due to the unique nature of the realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the AEP6 study was postponed for 16 months.)

more organizations that can provide resources and tools to help you advocate for the arts.

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