Opportunities & Resources

Opportunities + Resources

Esperanza del Valle performing in Watsonville.
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Happening Now

Create & Develop Grants Application Now Open

Every year, we distribute $200,000+ directly to our community’s artists and arts organizations. Our Create Grant and Develop Grant applications are open February 14 - March 20, 2024. Find the right opportunity for you.

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

From February 1 to June 6, the Central Coast Creative Corps program in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and six Arts Councils on the Central Coast will be offering free bi-weekly virtual classes. These classes will be taught by a group of Central Coast artists.

Announcing the January 2024 Grantee Awards

We are excited to offer 47 grants to Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations totaling over $140K!

New Release: Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Study

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Economic and Social Impact of $68 million Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector in Santa Cruz County

I have felt an immense amount of support through the Arts Council and am incredibly thankful to get to work with you all on a variety of projects.

Gazelle WalkerTannery digital media & visual artist, Develop Grant recipient

Open Studios is all about building lasting connections. Not only to new and old collectors, to friends and to fellow artists, but also to robust local support and information

Liz CrainArtist

As a long time teacher I have continually had the pleasure of witnessing the JOY, self-esteem, and community bonding that arts education inspires.

Muffie MillerRetired educator and arts education advocate

The arts make our county so special. From incredible artists to world-class music, dance and film programs, we have access to experiences that are usually found in larger cities.

Consuelo AlbaCo-Founder & Executive Director, Watsonville Film Festival