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Dedicated to our mission…

to encourage, support, and promote

arts + culture in our schools and community.

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

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

Arts Education

      • Standard-aligned Arts Education for 100% of public elementary kids (2,000 kids in 2023-24)
      • Poetry Out Loud—national high school recitation competition
      • 4 rural artist employees in 2023

Free Concerts

      • TGIF Free Summer Concert series in rural public parks
      • Since 1998



      • Grants to professional, rural artists and arts and cultural organizations
      • Scholarships to rural youth artists
      • FREE digital Directory & Calendar
      • FREE Technical Assistance to support local applications to California Arts Council grants
      • Network of arts agencies across the state

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.


Your donation means more arts classes, more free concerts, and more paid artists.

Tax-deductible donations, EIN 94-2811333

Madison Noelle Wins Amador 2024 Poetry Out Loud

The Amador County Arts Council (Amador Arts) congratulates the 2024 Poetry Out Loud (POL) participants from Amador and Argonaut High schools and from Jackson Junior High. Congratulations to the winner, Madison Noelle of Amador High School, who now moves on to the state finals held in Sacramento in March, with the goal of moving to the national competition in Washington D.C. and the chance to win $20,000.   The county wide competition was held on January 28th and featured blank competitors....

Spotlight on Board Member and Artist Katharine T. Jacobs

Her biggest dream for Amador is to have a community arts center that will provide youth spaces, monthly arts shows featuring both local and outside artists, and arts classes for all. Katharine says, “Art is important no matter how old you are.”


Nominate your favorite bands today! The community has the power to decide what musicians perform this summer. Is there a band that you love but you always miss their shows? Or maybe your favorite band is out of your price range. If you nominate them for consideration for TGIF 2024, you have the opportunity to see them in your backyard.

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.

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