County arts agencies across California’s Upstate Region are thrilled to be working alongside one another on a new workforce development opportunity for artists and cultural practitioners, arts, and social service sector organizations. On November 16th at 1 p.m., the Humboldt Arts Council and the Ink People will co-host a California Creative Corps Listening Session at the Morris Graves Museum of Art to present key information and invite a conversation on how artists can help communities tackle issues most critical to them, as part of an Upstate Listening Tour across 19 counties.
The 2021-22 State Budget included a $60 million one-time General Fund allocation 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.
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 building upon intersectional public interest goals beyond it’s the program’s pilot funding timeline.