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California Presenters was proud to be one of the voices testifying on behalf of increased funding for the California Arts Council on April 8, 2014, as California Arts Council Director Craig Watson spoke before the California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number Four. The committee invited Watson to provide an informational overview of the California Arts Council agency operations and budget.
Watson responded to questions from Committee Member, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian. Watson addressed the following areas: current status of the California Arts Council; overwhelming interest in new programs created with one-time Assembly funds; potential for partial Arts Council budget restoration; the Arts Council's successful interagency work; and the reach of the Arts Council.
Following Watson's testimony, members of the public were invited to comment. Representatives from the following organizations spoke passionately in support of restored funding for the Arts Council:
• California Lawyers for the Arts
• Placer Arts
• Nevada County Arts Council
• Alliance of California Symphony Orchestras
• California Alliance for Arts Education
• Latino Arts Network
• Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
• Sacramento City Council
• California Presenters
• Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
• California Association of Nonprofits
Intensive Year-Long Program for Emerging Arts Leaders Seeks Applicants: Deadline April 19
California Presenters is seeking applicants for its new year-long intensive All California Next Gen Leadership Diversity Program. This new program is aimed at preparing the next generation of arts presenters and promising newcomers representing California’s diversity to develop the skills and relationships necessary to succeed as leaders in the arts presenting field.
The CP All California Next Gen Leadership Diversity Program is open to applicants under the age of 35 working in underserved communities and/or ethnically-specific presenting organizations that are not California Presenters members. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 19, 2014.
This program is funded by the NextGen Organizational Grant Program of the Center for Cultural Innovation.
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As part of our on-going Professional Development offerings featuring leaders in our field in intimate discussions, California Presenters held a moderated phone seminar for CP members with Denise M. Grande, Director of Arts Education, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, on Friday, April 4.
Founded in 1985, California Presenters is a statewide coalition committed to connecting, engaging and developing performing arts professionals from organizations of different sizes and structures; and advocating for important issues in the presenting field.
CP extends congratulations to Thor Steingraber, former vice president for programming for The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, who has been named the new executive director of the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge.
CP welcomes the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as new members. They are the latest of 14 organizations to join California Presenters in 2013.
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