The Alameda County Arts Commission is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Alameda County by nurturing a thriving environment for the arts and for cultural activities; promoting economic opportunities for Alameda County’s artists and arts organizations through programs such as arts grants, public art, and art in education programs; encouraging public participation in the arts and actively advocating for the arts.

Alameda County Arts Nonprofits

A.R.T., Inc. Artists Relaxing Together
Academy of Chinese Performing Arts
Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
African Queens Dance Company
Afrocentric Oakland
Alameda City Arts Council
Alameda Civic Ballet 
Alameda County Fair
Alameda Little Theatre (Altarena Playhouse)
Alameda Multi-Cultural Center
Alena Museum
Alliance for the Visual Arts
Alphabet Rockers
Altarena Playhouse
Amador Valley Quilters
American Indian Child Resource Center
Anton’s Well Theater Company
Art And Resources To Inspire Inc
Artful Steps of Stepping Stones Growth Center
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Asian Refugees United
Attitudinal Healing Connection
Aurora Theatre Company
Awesome Orchestra Collective
AXIS Dance
Bahiya Movement
Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza
Bay Area Book Festival
Bay Area Children’s Theater
Bay Area Creative
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
Bay Area Video Coalition Media
Bay Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (formally Fremont Symphony)
Before Columbus Foundation
Bella Musica
Berkeley Art Center
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Ballet Theater
Berkeley Chamber Performances
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Berkeley FILM Foundation
Berkeley Juneteenth
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Berkeley Palma-Soriano Sister City Association
Berkeley Playhouse (formally Julia Morgan Center for the Arts)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
Berkeley World Music
Betti Ono
Bisemi Foundation Inc.
Black Arts Movement And Business District Community Development Corporation
Black Repertory Group
BoomShake Music
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland
Brooklyn Preserve
B-Word Worldwide, Inc.
Cal Performances
California Chinese Orchestra
California I CAN
California Jazz Conservatory
California Revels
California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Calliope East Bay Music & Arts
Cambodian Community Development, Inc.
Cantabella Children’s Chorus
Cantare Con Vivo
Capoeira Arts Foundation
Castro Valley Arts Foundation
Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy
Castro Valley Orchestra Association
Cazadero Music Camp
The Center for Accessible Technology
The Center for AIDS Services
Central Works
Chabad of Fremont Jewish Center
Chanticleers Theater
Chapter 510
Cheza Nami Foundation
Chinese Artist Network
Choices for Freedom
Chora Nova
Choreographers’ Performance Alliance
Community Rejuvenation Project
Composing Together
Creative Growth Art Center
Crowden Music Center
The Crucible
Culture! Disability! Talent!
CYT Tri-Valley
Dance and Rhythm of India
Dance/10 Dancers
Dance Elixir
Dandan Performing Arts Center
David Brower Center
DEAF Media, Inc.
Del Valle Fine Arts Productions
Destiny Arts Center
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
Dimensions Dance Theater
Dohee Lee Puri Arts
DOMINION a Cappella Ensemble Project
Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
Dragon School
Dream Farm Commons
Dublin Arts Collective
Dublin Partners in Education
Duman Associates
East Bay Asian Local Development Corp.
East Bay Children’s Theatre, Inc.
East Bay Community Music Project
East Bay Depot for Creative ReUse
East Bay Institute for Urban Arts
East Bay Media Center
East Bay Photo Collective, Inc.
East Bay Youth Orchestras
East Oakland Youth Development Center
Eastside Arts Alliance
Emmeryville Celebration of the Arts
Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Eritrean Community Center Oakland
FACES of the East Bay
Facing East Dance & Music
Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project
Four Seasons Arts
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Freight & Salvage
Fremont Art Association
Fremont Cultural Arts Council
Fremont Education Foundation
Fremont Stage 1
Fremont Symphony Orchestra
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Friends of Golden Gate Library
Friends of Hayward Public Library
Friends of Negro Spirituals
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Generation Music and Arts Academy
Global Communication Education & Art
Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers
Gritty City Rep
Grown Women Dance Collective
Habitot Children’s Museum
Harbor House
Harmony Crossroads Chorus
Hayward Area Historical Society
Hayward Arts Council
Island Alliance of the Arts
The California Jazz Conservatory
Jazz in Flight
Jenny Lin Foundation
Jewish Music Festival
Judah L. Magnes Museum
Junior Bach Festival Association
Junior Center for Art and Science
Kala Art Institute
La Alianza de Hayward
La Peña Cultural Center
League of Volunteers
Literary Arts Project
Livermore Art Association
Livermore Commission for the Arts
Livermore Cultural Arts Council
Livermore Shakespeare Festival / Shakespeare in the Vineyards
Livermore Valley Arts
Livermore Valley Opera
Livermore-Amador Symphony Guild
Lower Bottom Playaz
Luna Kids Dance
Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)
Music for Minors II
Native American Health Center
Neighborhood Lady Community Arts Project
New Arts Foundation / Nancy Karp + Dancers
Oakland Art Gallery
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Oakland Ballet Association, Inc.
Oakland East Bay Symphony
The Oakland Film Society
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Oakland LEAF
Oakland Lyric Opera
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Opera Theater
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Oakland Youth Chorus
Oakland Youth Orchestra
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus
Oaktown Jazz Workshops
Olive Hyde Art Guild
Opera Piccola
Pacific Boychoir Academy
Pacific Chamber Symphony
PEN Oakland
Piedmont Center for the Arts
Piedmont Choirs
Pleasanton Art League
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council
Pleasanton Playhouse
Poetry Flash
Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc.
Pro Arts
Prometheus Symphony Orchestra
Renaissance of Papermaking, Inc.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Sacred and Profane, Chamber Chorus
Savage Jazz Dance Company
Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts
Shotgun Players
The Sisters Project
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
Solano Avenue Association
Stage 1
Stage Door Conservatory
Subterranean Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sun Drummers of Urban Africa Ensemble
Sun Gallery / Hayward Area Forum for the Arts
Tea Party Magazine
Telegraph Area Association
Trinity Lyric Opera
UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
UC Berkeley ArtsBridge Scholars Program
Valley Concert Chorale
Valley Dance Theatre Ballet School & Company
Valley Shakespeare Festival
West Edge Opera
Woman’s Will
Young People’s Symphony Orchestra
Youth Musical Theater Company
Youth Uprising

State and National Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts
National organization that supports the arts and culture through private and public resource development.

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a national program operated by a network of organizations around the country under the leadership and coordination of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. Since 1975, thousands of business professionals have helped thousands of nonprofit arts organizations by sharing their expertise and talents on a wide range of consulting projects through BVA.

California Arts Council
The California Arts Council is a state agency governed by an 11-member policy-setting council appointed by the Governor and the Legislature to advance the state through the Arts and creativity. Council members and professional staff have experience and expertise in the Arts, creative industries, education, community development, state and local government, and the nonprofit and for profit sectors.

California Lawyers for the Arts

California Lawyers for the Arts is a nonprofit service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to people in the creative arts and arts organizations. Founded in 1974 by lawyers and artists, C.L.A.’s programs and services are designed to help artists understand and apply legal concepts.

Californians for the Arts
Californians for the Arts is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary organization focused on advancing and building public awareness of the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity across California. With over 15,000 active subscribers and hundreds of members representing thousands of artists and arts and cultural organizations, Californians for the Arts takes on opportunities and challenges that no single organization or artist can represent alone. Moved by deep conviction of the civic and personal value of the arts, the mission at Californians for the Arts is to ensure that the arts are accessible to all Californians; are an ongoing part of the public dialogue and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities. Californians for the Arts fights for arts resources and policies that benefit members and all residents of California. Californians for the Arts works and supports civic engagement, arts education, cultural equity and the creative economy, positively impacts every community across the state.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is the largest annual funder of the arts in the United States. An independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Arts is the official arts organization of the United States government.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts. NASAA’s mission is to strengthen state arts agencies. NASAA represents their individual and collective interests, empowers their work through knowledge, and advances the arts as an essential public benefit.

Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. Based in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational and policy infrastructure of the arts by providing innovative programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the West and nationwide.

Arts Advocacy Resources

Americans for the Arts – Arts Action Center
Americans for the Arts – Arts Action Center provides direct advocacy links to support the arts and arts education.

Arts & Economic Prosperity III

Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. This study demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.

California Arts Advocates
California Arts Advocates (CAA) was founded in 1997 as a means of bringing together individuals and organizations, who believe in the importance and vitality of the arts in California, and to support public investment in the arts and legislation that benefits arts and culture programs that serve California.

Public Art Resources

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network
Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the expanding field of public art.

Art in the Public Interest/Community Arts Network
Promotes information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art.
ArtsOpportunities is an online classifieds bank serving the Arts industry. From full-time and part-time positions, to internships, to submission calls and auditions, ArtsOpportunities allows artists and arts administrators to search for opportunities by arts-specific criteria and allows employers to post to a targeted pool of applicants.

Public Art 4Culture
Public Art 4Culture compiles a list of current public art opportunities available through Public Art 4Culture and other agencies across the country.

FORECAST Public Artworks Public Art Review
Public Art Review
 is the only journal focused on exploring the many dimensions of public art. Each issue provides opinion, analysis, criticism and discussion about the nature and trends in public art.

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