In August 2022, KDA was awarded a $4.2 million grant by the California Arts Council to administer the California Creative Corps in Central and Eastern California. With the release of the KDA Creative Corps (KDACC) program guidelines and timeline, the window opened for individuals and organizations to apply for grant funding in the spring of 2023.

KDACC announced the inaugural grant recipients on May 1, 2023 and has spent the last year investing these funds into programs in 14 Central Valley communities, including Kern County, that will improve the quality of life for those living in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index through the arts. 

The California Creative Corps is a pilot program designed to promote community and civic engagement, spread awareness about water and energy conservation, climate change, emergency preparedness, relief and recovery through the arts. Thirteen organizations, including KDA, were selected statewide to regrant funds in their region to arts and social service organizations, individual artists, and cultural workers.

The $4.2 million California Arts Council grant has been used exclusively for the regranting and administering of the KDACC. The funding has not been used to fund KDA’s existing programs which will continue to operate alongside the KDACC. KDA continues to need funding and community support to meet its daily and annual operating needs.

KDACC released its interim report in February 2024 outlining the program’s impacts since its inception in October 2022. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

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“We are ecstatic to help pilot the California Creative Corps and support the social, cultural, economic, and physical well-being of our communities. The KDA Creative Corps is also dedicated to increasing how artists and cultural workers engage in public work, ultimately uplifting counties and cities that have been underrepresented in prior California Arts Council grant-making cycles.”
Andrea Hansen, M.F.A.
KDA Executive Director
“KDA has pioneered creative and innovative ways to enrich our community through the arts for almost a decade. Their selection to help pilot the California Creative Corps is recognition of their leadership and capability to create true impact. I look forward to seeing how the KDA Creative Corps helps improve the quality of life for everyone living in the Central Valley and Eastern Sierras.”
Assemblyman Vince Fong
CA 32nd Assembly District

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