CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust



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Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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As the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, I’m excited to invite you to attend the second round of conversations about the city’s new cultural planning activities. In this round of conversation we will dialogue further about the Creative Sector, Cultural Equity, Creative Work Development. Here are four coming opportunities in different parts of the city. Pick a time and date when you register!

The Creative Sector: Non-profit, for-profit, or all of the above?

Creative endeavors in Oakland happen in many ways and through different means. Come talk about how you do your work and compare notes with others.


@ Zoo Labs 1035 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Why we are here: Making new work/Making a new world

Bring your disciple-bending ideas. Share your up & coming voice, take off your administrator hat, and tell us what makes your world go round.

Monday Ocotber 16


@ Red Bay Coffee Address3098 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94601

What does equity look like?

The push for equity and justice is monving city governments to think and act differently. Where and how does cultural equity fit into this picture? Come help define what this should mean for Oakland.

Thursday November 2


@ Intertribal Friendship House 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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We hope you can make it!

Roberto Bedoya

An Important Message from the California Arts Council:
Today, President Trump submitted his administration’s first budget request to Congress. The proposal calls for an elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2018.

With this news about the proposed elimination of the NEA, the California Arts Council has published a webpage to serve as a resource for the field, the public, and other stakeholders wishing to learn more about the situation and how they can become involved in local and national advocacy efforts. This page will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available.


If this budget is enacted, the elimination of the NEA would have dire consequences for every state, including California. For a synopsis of what’s at stake, please see The National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEAClick here to read a statement from Jane Chu, Chairman of the NEA.

Keep in mind, the proposed White House Budget is the first — not the final — step in the FY 2018 appropriations process. The President’s request outlines his administration’s policy priorities. However, Congress holds the constitutional authority to appropriate funds to federal agencies. You can use your voice to tell Congress that the elimination of or radical reductions to the NEA are unacceptable to taxpayers.

As a supporter of the arts, you know that the impact of the NEA is essential, and wide-reaching. Each $1 in NEA grant funds leverages another $9 from other public and private sources. The NEA’s grants and programs are powerful examples of how the arts are a vital part of our everyday lives. This power can be seen in communities across the nation, and California is no exception. Yet, the NEA’s $148 million budget represents just 0.004% of the federal budget, less than 1/2 of one hundredth of one percent.

It is important to be reminded at this time that the arts have benefited from bipartisan support for many decades. This is true in California and nationally. In fact, under our last Republican president, appropriations to the NEA increased by $40 million, while the Republican Party controlled both chambers of Congress for four of those eight years. Leaders from all political parties can be engaged in supporting our country’s investment in culture and the arts.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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SF Arts Advocacy Day 2017!


In solidarity with National Arts Advocacy Day, we’re headed to San Francisco City Hall!

Join a contingency of artists, arts administrators, cultural producers, and art + culture ambassadors as we share with Supervisors and staff our (1) policy priorities, (2) a message of “No Cuts,” and (3) personal and collective stories about the transformative nature of cultural and creative expression to make San Francisco a better place to live for everyone.

The event will consist of an Arts Advocacy rally on the steps of City Hall with artists/culture bearers from the community, followed by constituent meetings with the Supervisors.

WHERE: Meet at SF City Hall steps in front on Polk Street between Grove St. and McAllister St.

Checkout what went down last year at the 2016 SF Arts Advocacy Day:

Help save the National Endowment for the Arts!

About National Arts Advocacy Day:

On March 21st, Americans for the Arts will bring together 85 national arts organizations & over 500 grassroots arts advocates to visit their Congressmembers in D.C. to develop strong public policies investing in the creative cultural life of our cities, focusing on saving support for the National Endowment for the Arts this year.

Interested and able to support the national fight also? Join statewide arts leaders headed to DC to advocate on Capitol Hill for saving the NEA. SIGN UP HERE.

March 21, 2017 at 12pm – 1:30pm
SF City Hall
Katherin Canton · · 510-393-8580



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