ARTSCCC selected as County’s official local arts agency

ARTSCCC selected as County’s official local arts agency
Front row from left to right: Donté Clark, Jenny Balisle, Silvia Ledezma, Kate Sibley, Supervisor Federal Glover, Michele Seville, Supervisor Diane Burgis, Jose Cordon, and Supervisor John Gioia. Back row from left to right: Lisa Burger, Dave Thomas, Senior Deputy County Administrator Lara DeLaney, Roger Renn, Chris Holmes, Tony Tamayo, and Supervisor Ken Carlson. Photo by Glenn Kimball, Contra Costa County Community & Media Relations Specialist.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recently recognized ARTSCCC (Arts Contra Costa County) as the county’s local arts agency and the state-local partner of the California Arts Council.

The County Board of Supervisors dissolved the Arts and Culture Commission in March 2022 and asked that a nonprofit be selected as the County’s designated arts council. ARTSCCC, a fiscally-sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media, was thus selected as the county’s official local arts agency on Feb. 6, 2024.

ARTSCCC is a service and advocacy arts organization that says it aims to be an equitable and sustainable Arts organization for the county. In support of the creative community, it said it writes grants, manages projects, promotes social media and advocates policy.

Grant funding for ARTSCCC stems from the California Arts Council, East Bay Community Foundation, California Humanities and Zellerbach Family Foundation, with its signature programs working to fill gap programming for Contra Costa County.

The organization is expanding its organization, staff and network in an effort to meet the five-year Contra Costa County contract. This growth will see ARTSCCC create a county arts portal, databases, gatherings, workshops, newsletter, county administration building exhibitions, Poetry Out Loud program (pending a California Arts Council grant), grant making, reporting and more, the organization said.

ARTSCCC Executive Founding Director Jenny Balisle expressed excitement at the opportunity and said they “look to build a strong and sustainable arts foundation for Contra Costa County.” She added that the organization’s signature programs deliver meaningful artistic interventions and that “through compassion, respect and joy, we support our resilient creative communities.”

Learn more about ARTSCCC.