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Statement of Purpose
The San Mateo Arts Commission works to ensure that the arts are valued for their contributions to the County’s quality of life, to children’s education and for their reflection of the diversity of the County’s residents and visitors.
The Arts Commission works to further public appreciation and support of all cultural, classical, traditional and emergent art forms. The Arts Commission provides funds to assist arts organizations in building a strong presence in the community, growing audiences and expanding services and programs to the community and to children in grades K-12 and to educate and expose county residents to a wide range of artistic and cultural expression.
The goals of the grants programs are to:
• Build greater managerial and fiscal capacity of county arts organizations
• Encourage development of increased public participation by residents and visitor in events, programs and services offered by arts organizations in the County
• Increase access to the benefits of arts learning for K-12 public school students
What We Fund
The Arts Commission provides funding to arts organizations located in San Mateo County to strengthen artistic product; strengthen overall organizational unity and effectiveness; increase, diversify and leverage revenue; improve communications systems; improve their connection and profile in the community; or increase staff efficiency. In particular the Arts Commission supports arts events, programs, outreach, engagement or services that create social vitality in neighborhoods, K-12 schools and with underserved constituencies. All services must take place within San Mateo County and be accessible to the public.
Organizations may apply for Local Arts Grants for either Project/Program Support or Organizational Support.
K-5 educators may apply for Teacher Mini-Grants for visual arts materials.
Small Opportunity Grants are available to grantees of the Arts Commission or CA Arts Council by invitation only.
Programs are not viewable for this organization.