Mission / History

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The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to:

  • Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County
  • Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art
  • Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts
  • Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive


The San Benito County Arts Commission was the first umbrella arts organization in the county. In the 1990s, the Commission had a large budget deficit that the County was unwilling to take over. The Commission closed, leaving the county without a representative arts organization for 10 years.

Following a grassroots campaign, the San Benito County Arts Council was founded in 2006 as a private nonprofit organization, which now serves as the official State & Local Partner of the California Arts Council. In just 10 years, the Arts Council has raised over $1 Million in arts funding and has grown into the robust organization that it is today.