The San Benito County Arts Council is participating in #GivingTuesday, on December 3rd, 2019.
For this year’s #GivingTuesday, we are relaunching our fundraising campaign, The Art of Giving, to help build capacity for our Arts Express! Grant Program which provides funding support to local artists, arts organizations, cultural groups and arts-based projects in San Benito County.
There are a couple of opportunities for community members to show their support for local art during this global celebration of giving. A monetary donation can be made to the campaign HERE. Additionally, from 6:30-8:30 PM on Friday, December 6th, the Arts Council will be holding its annual Small Works Art Party & Live Raffle at the ARTspace ANNEX in downtown Hollister. Over 80 pieces of small-scale art, created and donated by 50 local artists, will be raffled off with all proceeds benefiting the Arts Express! Grant Program. This event is free and open to the public. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 and food and drink will be available.
About the Arts Express! Grant Program
In 2017 with support from Corbin, the Arts Council launched its Arts Express! Grant Program to provide quick and accessible mini-grants to local artists and arts-based organizations in order to reduce barriers to arts funding and create economic opportunities within the local arts community. The program was expanded in 2018 with support from Corbin and a matching grant from the Community Foundation of San Benito County.
Since its inception, Arts Express! has funded 21 projects in San Benito County, some of which include summer art and dance camps, after school arts programming, public art projects, and performing and visual art works. A few of our previous grantees include Mr. O’s Academy for the Arts, El Teatro Campesino, Spring Grove School, San Benito Stage Company, JMM Dance Co., and Anzar High School. In 2020, with your support, we are looking to ambitiously expand this program and increase funding opportunities to local artists and arts and cultural groups to help meet growing community need.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.