July Newsletter

Art News and Resources from Arts Council Santa Cruz County

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Estrellas de Esperanza dancers.

Partnerships in Arts Placemaking

Our initiatives are some of the most visible ways in which we support artist communities.

Tannery Arts Center

The Tannery Arts Center provides a sustainable, accessible, and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County. It includes 100 live/work lofts and 28 artist studios and a variety of arts venues and performance spaces such as: 

Headquartered at the Tannery Arts Center, Arts Council Santa Cruz County partners with the City of Santa Cruz Economic Development and ArtSpace to provide programming, public art, and marketing support for the campus. We invite the public to experience this interdisciplinary and multicultural campus through the many classes, exhibitions, First Fridays, and events happening there.

Watsonville Center for the Arts

The Watsonville Center for the Arts is a dance and music collective space in downtown Watsonville. A project of Arts Council Santa Cruz County, we’re working with partners to enliven this space and create a local hub for arts and culture.

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Watsonville Movement for Arts & Culture

We partner with Watsonville’s artists, arts organizations, elected officials, and residents to activate the area’s arts and culture community. Together, we’re growing a movement to uplift artists, connect artists to art lovers, expose youth to the arts, and connect families to arts and culture opportunities.


Central Coast Creative Corps

Central Coast Creative Corps is a new grant opportunity funded by the California Arts Council. The grant will provide $140,000 to 23 year-long projects. $100,000 of each grant goes directly to an artist collaborating with a community-based organization. 

The goal is to invest in artists across disciplines to partner with nonprofits, government agencies, and tribal governments to collaboratively advance civic engagement, public health, social justice, and climate resilience across the Central Coast.

Central Coast Creative Corps is managed by the Central Coast Arts Coalition, a collective of six local arts agencies. The Program is funded by the California Arts Council, with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture serving as the Lead Administering Organization. The full collective includes: