The new state budget — the last one signed by Governor Jerry Brown — has over $50 million more for funding arts and arts education. We did a break down of the dollars to see where the money is going. Starting with the California Arts Council.
What did they get?
Each year since the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the California Arts Council — which, among other things, awards grants to arts and arts education programs around the state — has been working with $15.1 million from the state's general fund. This year, the council got a $8.8 million boost from the general fund. (They also get other funding from sources like the National Endowment for the Arts, the sale of speciality license plates and voluntary contributions filed with taxes).
"The plan is to reach a lot of the applications that came in that we weren't able to fund first time around," the council's executive director Anne Bown-Crawford explained.