Pilot statewide fellowship, administered by the School of Arts & Culture at the MHP, offers $50,000 stipends for Fellows and $35,000 for Host Organizations. 

The School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (SOAC), an Administering Organization of the California Arts Council, announced the opening of the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship program. The statewide pilot program will match 10 arts administrators of color, Fellows, with an arts and culture organization, Host Organizations, dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12-month fellowship.

About the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship Program

The California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship program was initiated by the California Arts Council with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities. The pilot program is made possible by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and one-time increased state arts funding.

The Arts Council designated SOAC, a cultural institution in East San Jose, as the statewide Administering Organization at a public meeting in September 2019. SOAC, in partnership with SVCreates, will administer the program for two years ending in 2021.

Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair stated, "The California Arts Council is committed to strengthening opportunities for people of color in arts and cultural spaces throughout our diverse state. SOAC brings a cultural awareness to the program that is essential to developing authentic and fruitful opportunities for host organizations and fellows. We remain grateful to The James Irvine Foundation for their funding partnership that's made this essential pilot possible."

Applications are now being accepted for program Fellows and Host Organizations. The fellowship offers a $50,000 stipend and will provide Fellows with a number of resources, including professional development opportunities and an immersive learning community. Host Organizations will receive $35,000 to mentor their Fellow and assist with administrative costs of the fellowship program.

The application deadline for the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship has been extended to August 14. More information, including program guidelines, dates, and staff contacts can be found at

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

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