Thankful for the arts

4 reasons to be grateful for culture and creativity

California Arts Council Local Impact Grantee TeAda Productions. Photo by Wil Prada.

As is tradition, the California Arts Council takes this time of year for appreciation and reflection, looking back at some of the amazing ways the arts have impacted the hearts and minds of the Golden State’s residents.

Below are just a few reasons to be thankful for arts and culture, with links to this year’s story archive to back them up:

1. The arts promote cultural awareness.

2. The arts are a change agent for social equality and justice.

3. The arts make good business sense.

4. The arts heal.

We’re grateful throughout the year for all that artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations bring to the communities they belong to. From the California Arts Council family to all of you, thank you!

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Learn more at