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