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Creative Corps Initiative 2023-2024

YBCA & California Arts Council

Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2023 at 5:00PM PST

The Creative Corps Initiative is a partnership between the California Arts Council (CAC) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). YBCA is one of the administering organizations in the Bay Area for the Creative Corps Initiative, providing artists with a living wage as they work with nonprofit institutions in their communities within one of the four key issue areas to create a project of their choice. These issue areas include civic engagement, climate justice, community health and wellness, and social justice. As directed by the CAC, the Creative Corps Initiative will prioritize communities that fall below the 25th percentile on the California Healthy Place Index. These communities include select areas of Antioch, Bay Point, Berkeley, Concord, Fairfield, Hayward, Oakland, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael, and Vallejo. Any artists residing in and/or serving the Bay Area region with a California address are encouraged to apply and will also be prioritized.

The San Francisco Foundation (SFF) serves as the other administering organization in the Bay Area. YBCA has worked closely alongside of SFF in the development of our respective Creative Corps Initiatives, but will be administering the initiatives separately, in two distinct processes. For more information on the San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Creative Corps, please visit this link.



Applications for the Control Group will be accepted from Monday, May 15, 2023 at 12:00pm PST until Friday, July 14, 2023 at 5:00pm PST. The Creative Corps Initiative’s Control Group application will be hosted on the online platform Submittable. Application review will take place in July and August 2023 by designated YBCA staff and state/local partners from the Bay Area region. Applicants will be notified about their awards status and begin the contracting process in September 2023. All awardees are required to attend information sessions outlining benefit offerings for the Creative Corps Initiative in late September/early October 2023. Funds will be distributed after the completion of the contracting process and benefit information sessions in October 2023.






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