Art & Culture

Arts Council announces 2019 opportunities for artists and organizations

Applications now open for Arts Express! Grant Program and Open Studios Art Tour.
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This article was contributed by Heidi Jumper of the San Benito County Arts Council.

Applications are now open for two upcoming art-related opportunities through the San Benito County Arts Council.

The first, the Arts Express! Grant Program, supports cultural and artistic growth, fosters art accessibility and equity, and promotes cultural diversity in San Benito County. This program provides support to local artists, art groups, and art and cultural organizations through quick and easy mini-grants up to $1,000. Applicants may request funding for the creation of new work, exhibitions and presenting, arts in education programs, community outreach, or to support organizational capacity.

Grant requirements include that applicants must be based in San Benito County. Project activities shall reflect artistic practices and traditions in the visual and performing arts (i.e. music, dance, theater, fine art, traditional arts, etc.), as well as demonstrate quality, originality and creativity through artistic production. All projects shall promote cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion.

The 2018 Arts Express! grantees include: El Teatro Campesino, Kollin Kosmicki of San Benito Live, San Juan School’s Dual Language Immersion Program, local artist Phillip Ray Orabuena, Spring Grove School and San Benito Stage Company.

More details and applications can be found here. The application deadline for Arts Express! is Friday, Jan. 25 by 5 p.m.

Applications are also now open to artists of all media for the San Benito County Arts Council's annual Open Studios Art Tour which will take place April 13-14, 2019. All artists based in San Benito County are encouraged to submit an application.

Open Studios is an annual self-guided tour of artist studios throughout San Benito County. The weekend Art Tour is preceded by a Preview Exhibition at the ARTspace ANNEX at 217 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister and celebrated with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The tour, which featured more than 30 local artists and artisans in 2018, showcases works in painting, photography, pottery and ceramics, stained-glass, jewelry, and more. Open Studios is a great way for locals and out of town visitors to meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art, and learn more about the processes of art-making, as well as a great social, professional, and networking opportunity for local artists.

Artists based in San Benito County are encouraged to submit an application online or download a hard copy of the application here. You may also find more information on the Arts Council's Open Studios webpage. All Open Studios applications are due Friday, Jan. 19 by 5 p.m.

For more information on either of these opportunities, contact the San Benito County Arts Council at (831) 636-2787 or You can also follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn more about upcoming events and current happenings. 



San Benito County Arts Council

The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive