Californians for the Arts

About Us


We Are Your Statewide Arts Advocacy Organization


We believe arts should be accessible to every Californian and that the arts are essential to any prosperous and truly democratic society. Especially in a state as diverse and culturally rich as California, the arts serve to give voice to our many communities, spark individual creativity, foster empathy and understanding, spur civic engagement and serve as a continual source of personal enrichment, and inspiration and growth. Moved by our deep conviction of the civic and personal value of the arts, our mission at Californians for the Arts is to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts; to ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue; and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities.


Building a sustainable & vibrant California using arts and creativity as the driver for social change and wellness.

•Increase Arts Funding to Historic Levels

•Make Arts Accessible for All Californians

•Campaign for California to be the leading State of Creativity

•Strategize Policy Development 

•Demonstrate Solutions to Socioeconomic Issues such as Artists as Second Responders, Arts & Corrections, Veterans, Neighborhood Revitalization, Health and Wellness

•Valuing the Sector with Equitable Pay and Cultural Equity

Executive Director


Julie Baker

Julie Baker is a passionate arts professional. Prior to becoming Executive Director of CFTA in October of 2018, Julie Baker served on the board for four years as chair of the membership committee and Confluence, an arts advocacy conference.  She is the owner of Julie Baker Projects, a full-service arts consulting firm. From 2009-2017, Julie Baker served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and California WorldFest, an annual music and camping festival.

Baker worked in New York City at several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency, Gerngross & Company Inc. From 1998-2001, she worked as a Senior Executive Producer for Tristream, a 20- person web development and marketing/branding company. From 2001 -2009 she owned and operated Julie Baker Fine Art, a gallery of emerging artists, and for 2 years co-founded Flow art fair in Miami. She currently serves on the board of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.

Board of Directors

Victoria L. Hamilton, President
Arts and Culture Advocate
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
San Diego

Ron P. Muriera, Vice President
Owner/Consultant, RPM Consulting
San Jose

Brad Erickson, Treasurer
Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
San Francisco

Rachel Osajima, Secretary
Executive Director, Alameda County Arts Commission

Richard Stein, Immediate Past President
President & CEO, Arts Orange County

Board Members

Marie Acosta
Executive Director, Latino Center of Art & Culture

Michael Alexander
Interim Director, Cal Tech Campus Programs

Tomas J. Benitez
President, Latino Arts Network of California
Los Angeles

Patrick Brien
Executive Director, Riverside Arts Council

Leticia Rhi Buckley
Senior Civic Strategist, The Music Center
Los Angeles

Heather Angelina Dunn
Partner, DLA Piper LLP US, California Lawyers for the Arts

Kerry Adams Hapner
Director of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose
San Jose

Keasha Dumas Heath
Board Member, The Museum of African American Art
Los Angeles

Jennifer Kane
Executive Director, Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernadino County
Joshua Tree

Sofia Klatzker
President, The Roman Mars Foundation
Los Angeles

Jennifer Laine
Executive Director, San Benito Arts Council

Debra Lucero
Executive Director, Shasta County Arts Council & Friends of the Arts-Upstate
Redding and Chico

Scott Rowitz
Chief Operating Office,
 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco

Christi Salamone
President & CEO, California Desert Arts Council
La Quinta

Dalouge Smith
CEO, The Lewis Prize for Music
San Diego

Eliza Tudor
Executive Director, Nevada County Arts Council
Grass Valley

Jody Ulich
Director, City of Sacramento Convention and Cultural Services 

Edmund Velasco
Vice-President, Local 7 Musicians’ Union
Orange County

Bridget Cantu Wear
Associate Director of Development, Strategic Partnerships,
The Old Globe Theatre
San Diego