April is California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month


In 2019, Californians for the Arts (CFTA) successfully campaigned for the state to recognize and celebrate the arts by declaring April as Arts, Culture & Creativity Month (ACCM) through a concurrent resolution passed in the California Senate. In 2021, an additional resolution was declared to recognize artists as second responders.

CFTA directs this annual month-long spotlight on the arts to raise visibility and awareness about the value of our sector, to empower arts advocates to take action, and spur greater investments in our industry and workforce.

  • We celebrate and elevate our impacts through media campaigns and calls to action that increase our visibility and change the way that the arts are perceived.

  • We lift these impacts to the Capitol during Advocacy Week, where arts delegates meet with legislators to press for their support.

  • We activate the state with training and toolkits that spur local actions and increase the capacity for arts advocates to effect change.

  • We educate with messaging campaigns and related webinars that generate discourse and new strategic possibilities for positioning the arts, culture, and creative workers as essential partners in helping California address challenges and meet its promise.

This year’s theme, β€œThe Arts Work,” will provide weekly opportunities to explore and establish how the arts work to heal, to build community, to advance justice, to empower youth and to create jobs. Each week will feature theme-based messaging campaigns to create public awareness and webinars featuring panel discussions with thought leaders and practitioners. New to ACCM 2022 is The Arts Work Showcase, which invites artists and organizations of all disciplines to submit their projects as examples of these themes to a gallery on our website. This new program intends to uplift creative workers and honor their work with weekly drawings for a cash prize.

Start here and keep scrolling down! Download the ACCM logo above and add it to your website, letterhead, emails and social media during the month of April. Be part of a movement and share your support for celebrating and recognizing the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity in your community.


ACCM 2022 | The Arts Work: Webinars + Programs

The Arts Work Webinar Series takes a deeper dive into how artists, arts workers and culture bearers work to create vital social impacts and what the creative workforce needs to succeed and thrive in California. Each Friday at Noon in April, our 2022 webinars bring together a panel of thought leaders and practitioners around the impact themes to share their change-making work and to discuss new strategic possibilities and the policy changes that we should be thinking about.