Learn about grant opportunities for local artists Jan. 16

The Nevada County Arts Council will return to Plumas County next week for a follow-up meeting to introduce Upstate California Creative Corps, which is a new workforce development opportunity for artists and cultural practitioners, arts and social service sector organizations. This grant program aims to employ artists to create awareness around public health, water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery, civic engagement and social justice.

Plumas County Arts Council (Plumas Arts) is working alongside Nevada County Arts Council to help spread the word about this new workforce development and grant opportunity.

On Monday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m., Plumas Arts will co-host, with the Nevada County Arts Council, a California Creative Corps Listening Session. “We invite all to attend, as we will present an important follow-up listening session to reintroduce the Upstate California Creative Corps and introduce the new Plumas County Chief Administrative Officer, Debra Lucero, to local artists and cultural practitioners,” said Plumas Arts Executive Director Kara Rockett-Arsenault. The meeting will be held at the Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main Street in Quincy.

This program is part of a $60 million one-time General Fund allocation in the 2021-22 state budget included for the California Arts Council to implement the California Creative Corps pilot program, a media, outreach, and engagement campaign designed to increase awareness related to issues such as public health, water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery.

Eliza Tudor, executive director at Nevada County Arts Council, who will be joining Plumas Arts for its Listening Session, said: “Together, we will be introducing what the State sees as a new method of evaluating the relative health of communities. Using the California Healthy Places Index we are identifying issues that are specific to Plumas County, inviting input on solutions, and inviting artists to position themselves to create awareness around them.”

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California Arts Council has selected fourteen organizations to administer the California Creative Corps across nine regions with a grant activity period that launched on Oct. 1. Nevada County Arts Council has been chosen to create a regranting program for Upstate California, putting to work $4,230,216 in workforce development funds for artists, as well as for arts and social service organizations who will employ artists between early 2023 and late 2024. Supporting local outreach with local knowledge, as well as technical assistance for artists, and program development and evaluation, are multiple county arts agencies serving what amounts to the largest, most diverse, geographic area in California, with more counties than any other Creative Corps region.

California Arts Council sees the California Creative Corps program primarily as a job creation and human infrastructure development opportunity. The hope is that, region by region, the program will increase the ways in which artists are engaged in public work, so that they can continue build upon intersectional public interest goals beyond it’s the program’s pilot funding timeline.

The California Creative Corps program follows an unprecedented period in which communities globally have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these years, creative sector professionals across the United States have been proposing ways to employ and deploy artists in programs similar to the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). The launch of a statewide Creative Corps pilot program is the result of a recommendation from the Governor’s economic and jobs recovery task force, and is the first of its kind in the nation.

The meeting will also be available remotely on zoom. Please register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZMrd-CsrDktHtdI-bp…

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For more information please contact Kara at 530-283-3402 or [email protected] or visit: https://www.plumasarts.org/california-creative-corps.html

WHEN:                     Monday, January 16 at 5:00pm

WHERE:                   Plumas Arts 525 Main Street Quincy, CA

ADMISSION:             FREE

INFORMATION:        [email protected]