The goal of the San Benito County Arts Council’s Arts Express! Grant Program is to support cultural and artistic growth, foster arts accessibility and equity and promote cultural diversity in San Benito County. Arts Express! provides support to local artists, art groups, teachers, and art and cultural organizations through quick and easy mini-grants. Applicants may request funding for the creation of new work; exhibitions & presenting; arts in education programs; community outreach or to support organizational capacity.
Winter 2020 Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for our upcoming 2021 Arts Express Grant Program announcement.
Grant requirements include that applicants must be based in San Benito County. Proposed projects must be for the benefit of San Benito County residents and project activities must reflect artistic practices and traditions in the visual and performing arts (i.e. music, dance, theater, fine art, traditional arts, etc.), as well as demonstrate quality, originality and creativity through artistic production. All projects must promote cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion. Applicants may request funding for the creation of new work; exhibitions & presenting; arts in education programs; community outreach or to support organizational capacity.
2020 Arts Express Grantees
Organizations: El Teatro Campesino, San Benito Stage Company, Chamberlain’s Youth Services, JMM Dance Company, Terra Cultura, Aromas Hills Artisans, Youth Alliance, Yamamoto Hula Ohana, Oriana Chorale, Animation Dance Community, Writers’ Collective, and San Juan Committee
Individual Artists & Teachers: Victoria Murray, Kirti Bassendine, Kelly Hacker and Christina Ross
Schools: RO Hardin School, Ladd Lane School, Hollister Dual Language Academy and Anzar High School
As a result of COVID-19, most grantees have been allowed to apply grant awards towards general operations, in order to help support and sustain these groups and individuals during this global pandemic. The Arts Council hopes grant funds will provide some additional support during these trying times.
Funding for the Arts Express! Grant Program is made possible through the generous support of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Corbin, and through contributions made by individual donors during the Arts Council’s Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. Read more about our 2020 Arts Express! Grant Program.