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Dedicated to our mission…

to encourage, support, and promote

The Arts in our schools and community.

Amador Arts Council is the designated Local Partner to the California Arts Council, a state agency. Established in 1982, Amador Arts Council is the 501(c)3 Local Arts Agency serving our rural community.

Amador Arts Council is located on traditional lands of Central Sierra Miwok, Plains Miwok, Nisenan, and Washoe in present-day Amador County, Northern California, USA.

Amador Arts Council is an anti-racist organization with policies and programs to support our ongoing commitment to anti-racism and the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access for all people.

As the Local Arts Agency, we advanced rural freedom of expression by supporting rural arts education, providing free resources, and catalyzing access to arts experiences for all artists, arts students, arts teachers, arts organizations, and arts lovers.

We uplift our mission in the following ways:


      • Standard-aligned Arts Education for 100% of public elementary kids

      • Poetry Out Loud national high school recitation competition

      • Educational Arts Exhibits

      • Pony Farm non-profit artist residency project—supporting life-long, inter-generational arts education through urban-rural partnerships


      • Alliance for Arts Education, an “Arts NOW” advocacy coalition established in 2012

      • Suicide Prevention Coalition with Amador County Department of Behavioral Health, since 2019

      • Mental Health Advocacy with #OUT4Mental Health and Amador County Department of Behavioral Health, since 2019

      • Rural Advocates for Racial Equity, established in March 2020

      • Tobacco Reduction Coalition with Amador County Department of Public Health, Equality CA, and We Breathe since 2021


      • Directory & Calendar

      • FREE Grant application assistance for any type of arts/cultural grant (individuals & organizations)

      • Publicity and promotion, digital and print

      • Scholarships & Grants

      • Professional Development and career support, including assistance with contracts, insurance, and disaster aid for artists

Fundraisers—these funds directly support arts education in the public schools for rural youth

      • 24th annual TGIF FREE Summer Concerts in rural parks throughout Amador County

      • 25th annual Wine Fest in historic Sutter Creek

      • 3rd annual Cruisin’ the Lights winter light extravaganza

At Amador Arts Council, we believe that every human needs the enrichment of The Arts throughout all stages of life. Amador Arts Council is committed to keeping The Arts central to our rural community by connecting all kinds of artists, arts students, arts teachers, arts organizations, and arts lovers with the resources and support they need in order to learn about The Arts, grow their arts practices, and sustain thriving arts careers/organizations in our unique rural setting.


When you make a donation to Amador County Arts Council, you bring more
FREE art classes for rural Amador County kids.

Tax-deductible donations, EIN 94-2811333

I Art Amador: Art in the 6th Grade

Art education helps students with the development of language skills, social skills, risk-taking, decision-making, and inventiveness. The 6th-grade students in Mrs. Robbie Price’s class at Sutter Creek Elementary are fortunate to create art more often. One of her lucky students Lillie LeBel exclaims, “Art has helped me find that I am able to make more complex art than I had thought. Mrs. Price gives harder art than most teachers and tests your limits to how creative you can be with your art....


Amador County Arts Council congratulates the 2023 Poetry Out Loud (POL) participants! Argonaut High Student Lillian Fawver took first place with fabulous recitations of "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by D. Gilson and "Broken Promises" by David Kirby. Fawver will represent Amador County at the state finals in March with hopes to go to the national championship in Washington D.C. and the chance to win over $20,000. Morgan Alberti and Jinelle Fromme took second and third place, respectively, both...

Amador County Arts Council Awarded California Arts Council Jump StARTS, Creative Youth Development, and Arts Education Exposure Grants

Amador County Arts Council Awarded California Arts Council Jump StARTS, Creative Youth Development, and Arts Education Exposure Grants State funds support arts education for junior high students, children younger than 6, and justice-impacted youth throughout Amador County. [JACKSON, CA] – The California Arts Council has announced grant awards of $143,000 to Amador County Arts Council Arts Education programs in its second and final round of funding for 2022. With this grant support from the...

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 5 to 7 PM

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November 11, 2023

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