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Arts Council for Monterey County


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Monterey County through the arts. We partner with nearly one hundred nonprofits, thirty five school districts and dozens of community groups throughout the county. Our grant programs, workshops and public awareness campaigns are catalysts for improving all aspects of life from health, education and civic life to the economy and the environment. Through immersive teaching artist residencies in schools, community centers and hospitals, we help thousands of youth and families weave creative mastery with social and emotional skill building.

The Big Idea

The Arts Council for Monterey County aims to improve the quality of life for everyone in Monterey County through the arts, partnering with nearly 100 nonprofits, 35 school districts and dozens of community groups. They are currently launching the Arts Council for Monterey County College Arts Scholarship, their first higher-education scholarship for emerging artists. This scholarship empowers low-income youth to achieve their dreams and contribute to the county’s creative vitality and rich artistic heritage. Career opportunities in creative fields are growing and varied, from design (graphic design, architecture) to digital arts (filmmaking, game design, photography), literature to performing arts to visual arts (including crafts such as ceramics). A college program gives artists vital access to training and professional mentors, as well as knowledge and skills in business, marketing and production. The Arts Council’s Big Idea is to raise $35,000—to provide 10 scholarships in the program’s first year.

I’ve had so many great opportunities since I came back from San Diego 12 years ago, which were made possible by the work I did and the degrees I earned, both undergraduate and graduate. College gives artists the space, time and mentors we need to inform our practice and the skills we need to produce and present our work, teach and coordinate with others for larger scale and greater impact. College puts the artist in touch with other disciplines—science, social justice, economics, ethnic studies. I urge artists to take advantage and I appreciate the Arts Council for these scholarships that are much needed in our community.

- Juan-Carlos Gonzalez

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.