California Arts Council

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May 28, 2008Mary Beth Barber

California Arts Council Announces Recipients of 2007-08 "Creating Public Value" Program

California arts organizations demonstrated relationship-building, relevance to the public, and a positive return on investment

Sacramento -

Sixty-one organizations in California received funding through the Creating Public Value program from the California Arts Council, a grant program for organizations that work to provide a benefit to their communities through the arts. The Creating Public Value program recipients submitted proposals that addressed outcomes through the arts utilizing three tools identified as The Three Rs: Relationships, Relevance, and Return on Investment.

"The California Arts Council's 'Creating Public Value' grantees contribute to the cultural aspects of their communities," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "The program specifically requires applicants to show a sound proposal to benefit their local communities though the arts."

Eligible recipients had to be either based in under-served communities and serve those communities, or based in rural areas and serve rural communities (county populations of up to 200,000). Other requirements included having budgets of up to $500,000, at least a half-time paid artistic or administrative staff member, and a continuous arts programming track record over the last four years. Most recipients received the maximum amount available of $10,000, based on the quality of applications and available matching funds. A list of recipients is below.

Members of the press interested in the Creating Public Value program from the California Arts Council, or in contacting any of the recipients, should contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588 or

Creating Public Value Program
Recipients 2007-2008 (in alpha order)

3rd I (San Francisco) $10,000

509 Cultural Center & Luggage Store (San Francisco) $10,000

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose (Santa Clara) $10,000

African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco) $10,000

Art From Scrap (Santa Barbara) $10,000

Arts Council of Napa Valley (Napa) $10,000

Asian American Women Artists Association (San Francisco) $10,000

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (San Francisco) $10,000

AXIS Dance Company (Alameda) $10,000

Campo Santo (San Francisco) $10,000

Central Sierra Arts Council (Tuolumne) $10,000

Croatian American Cultural Center (San Francisco) $10,000

Cultural Odyssey (San Francisco) $10,000

Each One Reach One (San Mateo) $10,000

El Teatro de la Tierra (Fresno) $10,000

Fern Street Circus (San Diego) $10,000

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (Santa Clara) $10,000

First Night Monterey (Monterey) $10,000

Flyaway Productions (San Francisco) $10,000

Fremont Symphony Orchestra (Alameda) $10,000

Fresh Meat Productions (San Francisco) $10,000

Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (Alameda) $10,000

Great Leap (Los Angeles) $10,000

Grupo de Teatro Sinergia (Los Angeles) $10,000

Highways (Los Angeles) $10,000

Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes (Sacramento) $10,000

Inyo Council for the Arts (Inyo) $10,000

Kearny Street Workshop (San Francisco) $10,000

Kulintang Arts (San Francisco) $10,000

LA Commons (Los Angeles) $10,000

La Raza Galeria Posada (Sacramento) $10,000

Los Angeles Poverty Department (Los Angeles) $10,000

Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (Los Angeles) $10,000

Louise Reichlin & Dancers (Los Angeles) $10,000

Madera County Arts Council (Madera) $10,000

Manilatown Heritage Foundation (San Francisco) $10,000

Mariposa County Arts Council (Mariposa) $10,000

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (Mendocino) $10,000

Mono Council for the Arts (Mono) $10,000

Napa Valley Symphony (Napa) $10,000

Northern California Center for the Arts (Nevada) $10,000

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (Alameda) $10,000

Oakland Opera Theater (Alameda) $10,000

Purple Moon Dance Project (San Francisco) $10,000

Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco) $10,000

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (San Francisco) $10,000

Radar Productions (San Francisco) $10,000

Robey Theatre Company (Los Angeles) $10,000

San Benito County Arts Council (San Benito) $4,800

Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Los Angeles) $10,000

Shasta County Arts Council (Shasta) $10,000

Sierra Ceramic Mural Project (Inyo) $10,000

Sierra Repertory Theatre (Tuolumne) $10,000

Sixth Street Cinema (Mariposa) $10,000

Sixth Street Photography Workshop (Alameda) $10,000

San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild (Santa Clara) $10,000

Susanville Symphony Society (Lassen) $10,000

Tandy Beal and Company (Santa Cruz) $10,000

TeAda Productions (Los Angeles) $10,000

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural (Los Angeles) $10,000

Yolo County Arts Council (Yolo) $10,000

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Eunice David, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton and William Turner.

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