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Dedicated to our mission…

to encourage, support, and promote

art + culture 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

      • 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

Safe Space Grant winner Aziel Sandman Supportive Funding Grant Project

Safe Space Grant winner Aziel Sandman (He/Him) spoke with staff member Cilladean about the grant he recently received from Amador County Arts Council (Amador Arts), the Supportive Funding Grant. This grant program has been in existence since 2012.

Aziel is a Sophomore at Argonaut High School and has been creating art since he was three years old. He is a visual artist that likes to create in the digital medium and enjoys writing short stories and novels. Thanks to the support and introduction to Amador Arts from his aunt and mom, Aziel learned about the grant opportunities the State Local Partner for Amador County provides for local artists and organizations. Aziel has been awarded the Safe Space Grant which is for projects that encourage, promote, and support rural 2SLGBTQAI+ lives.


The Amador County Arts Council (Amador Arts) will be participating again in Giving Tuesday and invites you to make a donation to support arts education and free concerts. Your money goes directly to providing more than 1800 local kids with free standard-aligned arts classes which amounts to over 200 classes per year. Amador Arts also provides at least $10,000 in annual grants to local artists/organizations and scholarships for local youth creatives.


November 15, 2023 (Sutter Creek, Ca)— The Amador County Arts Council was featured in Comstock’s Magazine on October 27th . Comstock’s Magazine is a premier business publication for Sacramento and the surrounding nine counties. Describing themselves as “intriguing, insightful and inquisitive,” Comstock’s publishes both online and in print. They aim to “take an analytical look at the movers, shakers and forces shaping our economic landscape of today and tomorrow.” Featuring a variety of topics from Arts and Culture to Technology and Innovation, there is something for all readers to enjoy, similar to the Amador County Arts Council and their cutting edge approach to arts council work.

Margaret Lewis Find Your Voice workshop Interview

Amador County Poet Laureate Margaret Lewis spoke with staff member Cilladean about the Find Your Voice Poetry Workshops as they come to an end. Over the past six weeks Margaret has been working with local High School students in their poetry journey focusing on elements of self reflection, found poems, foundational vocab, and Poetry Out Loud Competition preparation. Margaret says her favorite parts of the workshops was…


The Amador County Arts Council invites all Amador County junior high and high school students to participate in this year’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) Original Logo Competition. Students are encouraged to submit logo designs in any media featuring the words “Amador Poetry Out Loud 2024”.

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition
January 28

Amador County Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition

Learn More about POL County Competition 

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