In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $64,030,040 in federal funding, either directly or through state and regional partners, in California.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, California...
Added 7.7 percent or $261.1 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
Employed 742,432 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $125.1 billion
Almost 47 percent of California’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while almost 25 percent attended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to offering direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
Blue Star Museums program provided free admission to thousands of active military personnel and their families at 249 participating museums in California.
An average of 21,725 students from 785 high schools in California participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
The NEA Big Read initiative generated 1,387 community events in the state, involving more than 104,176 adults and students.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for California, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in California.
Under the umbrella of Connects, LA Opera's health-related activities are diverse, ranging from one-on-one bedside hospital visits with Alzheimer’s patients and patients with traumatic brain injuries to online breathing workshops for those facing pulmonary issues, such as Long COVID and asthma. The company also works with military veterans suffering health challenges by hosting post-performance conversations where opera is a jumping off point to encourage participants to share their own stories and develop a sense of connection to a larger community.
From the son jarocho rhythms of Mexico’s Veracruz region from which her family hails to percussion styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil to the very American rhythm of tap, Vanessa Sanchez’s work as a dancer, choreographer, and founding artistic director of the dance group La Mezcla is born from deep engagement with the music and dance traditions of the Latinx and Afro-Latinx diaspora.
Producing artistic director of East West Players Snehal Desai talks with the NEA about the significance of the company’s founding mission of advocating for racial justice through transformative theater.
2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd’s fierce improvisational skills and interest in fusing jazz with non-Western musical styles established him as one of the key figures in the expansion and furthering of the art form.
The California Arts Council received quite the Valentine's Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last February. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation called with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5 million Arts-in-Corrections pilot program in California state prisons.
2017 Literature Fellow David Tomas Martinez’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, and the Oxford American. Sarabande Books published his first poetry collection "Hustle" in 2014, and will publish his second, "Post Traumatic Hood Disorder," in 2018.
In collaboration with the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Arizona as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the agency's establishment.