California Arts Council

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February 01, 2016Caitlin Fitzwater

California Arts Council Creates Video Series Highlighting Innovative Art Programming

Stories Collected Across California Show Impact of Creative Expression

Sacramento -
The California Arts Council has created a series of short-form, documentary videos to be released online that celebrate creative expression in California. The series follows art programming across California, from rural towns to some of the state's largest cities, which are making positive change in communities.

"California is deeply rooted in art and creativity. We are thrilled to show how art is connecting and driving communities forward in our state through traditional and new forms of creative expression," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council.

An overview of the series was previewed at the California Art Council's 40th Anniversary Celebration on January 27, 2016 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento among policy makers, community leaders, and art advocates. The videos will be released online on the California Arts Council's Facebook and Twitter pages during February and March of 2016.

From the role of arts in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to preserving traditional and folk arts, the series of videos show the wide reach of California Arts Council's grantees and partnerships to advance arts in California for everyone. The videos were produced by Los Angeles-based For Example Media.


Featured California nonprofits include:

Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Fresno (Statewide)
Actors' Gang Prison Project, Los Angeles (video released 2/10/2016)
Destiny Arts, Oakland (video released 2/3/2016)
Malashock Dance, San Diego
Piece by Piece, Los Angeles
Yuba Sutter Arts, Marysville (video released 2/17/2016)

To join the Twitter and Instagram conversation on how art impacts California, use #MyCreativeCA.

To view the latest videos from the series, please visit:

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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