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        CA Arts & Culture Summit

        The second annual CA Arts & Culture Summit organized by CA for the Arts happened in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 16. The Summit took place during CA for the Arts 6th Annual Arts, Culture & Creativity Month (ACCM) with this year’s thematic focus “Art Work is Real Work.”

        CA Arts & Culture Summit: Sold out!

        Join us for an enriching experience featuring insightful conversations and workshops aimed at exploring initiatives that profoundly impact and shape the lives of all who work in the arts and all that is possible when we center art, creativity, imagination, and inspiration as integral to society.

        We are pleased to announce that the 2024 CA Arts & Culture Summit has officially SOLD OUT and we are no longer able to accommodate any waitlist requests. Thank you for your support!

        *All sales are final, there are no refunds of registration fees after payment.

        About CA Arts & Culture Summit 2024

        This year, the summit's theme is "Art Work is Real Work." Artists play an essential role in our economy and our health with critical contributions across a variety of social impact areas but often are without the services and conditions they need to thrive due to the ongoing undervaluing of their work. Summit panel discussions will cover diverse topics from leading voices in the field, including arts & health, economic justice, climate change, artists on artist’s work, youth engagement, affordable housing/work space, cultural equity, civic engagement, public art, and more with an emphasis on the public policies and advocacy needed to support the creative industries and workforce.

        Nataki Garrett will set the tone as our keynote speaker. Nataki is the CEO and Executive Director of The Ladder Approach, an executive coaching organization, and co-artistic Director of One Nation/One Project, spearheading the national arts and health initiative Arts for EveryBody.

        Get your tickets while they last! The CA Arts & Culture Summit is a great opportunity to build leadership skills, network with industry change-makers and funders, and be exposed to vital skill sets and frameworks needed to build a strong case for creativity in your community.

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        Panel One:  Arts and Health

        ModeratorDeborah Cullinan, Vice President for the Arts, Stanford University

        Panelists: Tasha Golden, Ph.D., Director of Research at the International Arts + Mind Lab at John’s Hopkins University; Chris Appleton, Founder & CEO of Arts Pharmacy; Indre Viskontas, Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscientist, Science Communicator & Opera Stage Director

        Panel Two: Economic Justice + Community Power Building

        Moderator: Tamaira “Miss Tee” Sandifer

        Panelists: Roshaun Davis, Executive Director of CLTRE and CoFounder of Unseen Heroes; Heather Heslup, Director of Public Art Programs at Destination Crenshaw; Arianna Chavez, Executive Director at Arte Americas; Nikko Kimzin, CEO + Lead Consultant, Kimzin Creative

        Panel 3: Policy Wins, Updates & Visions for the Future! Pecha Kucha

        Facilitator: Jennifer Laine
        Presenters: California Arts Council; Arts in the Parks; City of San Diego & SDRACC; Measure P, Fresno; Creative Corps/Kern Dance Alliance; Atrium 916

        Creative Conditions

        Moderator: Nurit Siegel Smith, Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation
        PanelistsNicole Hendrix, Co-Founder, BRIC Foundation & Concept Art Association; Tiara Amar, Director, Advocacy & Fellows, Whippoorwill Arts; Jamie Hand, Director of Strategic Impact and Narrative Change, Creatives Rebuild New York; Marcus Mitchell, Public Art Administrator, City of West Hollywood representing CA Public Art Administrators (CAPAA)

        Arts & Youth Engagement

        Moderator:  Penelope Oliver, All Access Arts Executive Director & Founder
        Panelists: Can Foster, Youth Program Director of Sol Collective; Clarity Cooper, Sol Collective; Josiah Bruny, CEO, Music Changing Live; Desiree Stevens, Music Changing Lives; Jaya King, Visual Artist & Muralist

        Arts and Housing/Work Space

        Moderator: Megan Van Voorhis, Director of Convention & Cultural Services Department, City of Sacramento
        Panelists: Sharmi Basu, Executive Director of Vital Arts; Ken Ikeda, CEO of CAST; Keith Mcnutt, Director of the Western Region of the Entertainment Community Fund

        Artists on Artist’s Work

        Moderator: Sean Fenton, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
        Panelists: Sam Bempong, CEO, Mindful Media / Co-Lead Organizer, East Bay Film Collective; Venecia Prudencio, Working Artist, San Benito Arts Council; Christina Simpson, Violist / Fire Practitioner, Hayfork Watershed Center; Silvi Alcivar, poet/artist self/fire+music project/thepoetry store, Hayfork Watershed Center; M Eilo, Creative Director, BlinkPopShift


        Arts on Prescription: A Workshop to Move You from Idea to Action

        PresenterTasha Golden, Ph.D., Director of Research at the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University

        Advocating for Equitable Arts Education with Prop 28, the Arts and Music in Schools Act

        Presenters: Abe Flores, Deputy Director of Policy & Programs, Create CA; Jesus Holguin, Moreno Valley USD & Create CA Board member; Letty Kraus, Director, Statewide Arts Initiative, California County Superintendents; Jessica Mele, Interim Executive Director, Create CA; Adelaide Kuehn, Program Director, Create CA

        The Power of Posters & Civic Engagement 

        Presenters: Lena Wolff, Interdisciplinary Visual Artist, Craftswoman and Activist; Miriam Klein Stahl, Artist, Educator and Activist

        Casemaking for Collaboration - Building Better Bridges in the Arts Economy

        Presenters: Tracy Hudak, Director of Field Engagement, CA for the Arts; Jackie Melendez, Assistant City Manager of City of Chino


        Who should attend?

        The Summit will bring together arts advocates, cultural policy thought leaders, public and private arts funders, artists, creatives, educators, culture bearers, arts administrators,  teaching artists, students, public officials, and creative industry representatives from across the state.

        Hotel Info

        CA Arts & Culture Summit
        Kickoff Mixer

        Monday, April 15, 2024

        2708 J St
        Sacramento, CA 95816
        6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

        Join us for a no-host mixer at Harlow’s, Sacramento's premier independent music venue. This casual gathering will take place in their main room, providing an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow summit attendees while enjoying delicious food, refreshing drinks, and live music. Conveniently located near the Sofia Theater and the summit hotel, it's the perfect way to relax and mingle before an exhilarating day at the CA Arts & Culture Summit. Don't miss out on the chance to network with fellow arts champions and kick off the summit with good company and great vibes! All are welcome, even if you are not attending the summit.

        Day 2: Advocacy Day at the Capitol

        Rally and Legislator Meetings
        Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024 | 9am-5pm |
        Location: California State Capitol Park
        FREE - Register Here

        Advocacy Day Sponsor: Claremont Graduate University

        Summit attendees are encouraged to make this a two-day event and join us on Wednesday, April 17, for Arts Advocacy Day. Join fellow advocates at the Capitol for a rally and press event to kick off a day of meetings with your state legislators. This is an important opportunity for arts leaders to educate, advocate, and build relationships with their representatives during state budget negotiations. For more information visit our April is Advocacy Month webpage, or email Tracy Hudak at 

        Hotel Information

        Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel Discounted rates for 4/14 - 4/17 no longer available.

        Other hotels in the area:
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        Fort Sutter Hotel
        Hyatt Centric Downtown Sacramento

        Sponsorship Opportunities

        Summit sponsors are our vital partners in elevating the visibility and impact of Arts, Culture & Creativity Month (ACCM), developing and activating arts advocates, and educating the public and elected officials on the value that arts, culture and creative workers create in our state. With direct reach to over 20,000 engaged arts advocates in the State and networks to hundreds of thousands of arts organizations, creative businesses, arts workers, cultural bearers, elected officials, funders and arts patrons– your sponsorship puts you in front of committed and influential arts, culture and creative industries leaders. For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact:

        Sponsorship Package
        Sponsorship Interest Form
        Sponsorship Payment Form

        Underwrite Scholarships

        **Summit scholarship applications are now closed. Recipients have been awarded.

         Limited scholarships have been awarded to attend the 2024 CA Arts & Culture Summit in Sacramento on April 16, 2024. For questions, email Jennica Bisbee at

        Additional Resource:
        California Center for Cultural Innovation offers Quick Grants, which awards reimbursement funds up to $600 to California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers, and San Francisco/San Jose nonprofit arts administrators to participate in professional development activities that build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial sustainability of the grantee's practice, area of cultural production, or arts organization. Learn more here:

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