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With the stunning backdrop of the California Alps, the historic and cultural influence of the native Washo people, and being home to generations of artisans and makers, Alpine is the perfect hamlet for creators.
What is a local arts agency?
A local arts agency is the official county-designated organization that supports arts and cultural activity in service to individuals and communities throughout an entire county. Local arts agencies provide a variety of services, based on the needs of the constituency. These may include grant-making, marketing and promotion, professional development, targeted programs, operation of a facility, or other services to arts organizations, individual artists, and the community. A local arts agency can be an agency of local government, a nonprofit organization, or a hybrid of the two.
Why does Alpine County need an arts agency?
Alpine County is one of four counties in the state with no arts agency. Creating one allows the county to receive annual funding support to promote, connect, and empower art, artists, and makers throughout the region. It will ensure a vital presence for the arts while making them accessible to everyone and positively impacting the region’s economic health and growth through vibrant arts programming. Funding sources will include dedicated funding from the California Arts Council, and may include other grants, corporate sponsorships, foundation giving, and individual donations.
The California Arts Council has awarded a State-Local Partner Mentorship Grant to El Dorado County’s arts council, Arts and Culture El Dorado, to help Alpine County establish its own arts agency. This grant will cover the costs of developing the new agency. Arts and Culture El Dorado will partner with Alpine County Chamber of Commerce on the project.
How will it work/The Process
Creating an arts agency requires community input. Therefore, several stakeholder and community meetings will be held throughout the county to understand the new agency's needs, concerns, and priorities. The results will shape the agency's mission, strategic plan, and goals.
No two local arts agencies are exactly alike in name, programming, or even mission. The end result will be unique to the community it serves in Alpine County.
Stakeholder and community meetings: October – November 2022
Strategic plan development: December 2022 – February 2023
Mission, vision, programming, and services development: March – May 2023
Administrative elements confirmed (staffing, budget, public office space): June 2023
Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council, Arts and Culture El Dorado will work with Alpine County to establish its own arts agency. We are seeking input on the direction of the arts agency and would love to hear from you!