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EXTENDED Application Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022, 5:00pm
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Please Review the Guidelines and Apply Online

The Alameda County Arts Relief Grant Program has been established to provide funding assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is managed by the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission under the leadership of Melissa Wilk, Alameda County Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder, and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Through this American Rescue Plan Act-funded grant program, it is anticipated that up to $1,000,000 will be provided to Alameda County arts and cultural nonprofit organizations who have experienced a negative economic impact created by COVID-19 during the period of March 1, 2020 to the present. Funding will be provided to arts and cultural organizations located throughout Alameda County with additional support provided to organizations located in the County's unincorporated areas. Organizations who received a grant through the County's Arts Relief Grant Program Round One in 2020 and/or through the annual Alameda County ARTSFUND Grant Program are eligible to apply to this grant opportunity as long as all other eligibility requirements are met, as outlined in these Guidelines.

Alameda County recognizes that arts and cultural organizations are an essential part of our community and an instrumental aspect of our economic recovery. The Arts Relief Grant Program Round Two grant awards are anticipated to be between $3,000 - $20,000 per organization. Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations providing arts and cultural programs and services in the areas of visual art, dance, theater, music, literature, poetry, cultural events and traditions, and other related forms. This grant program is intended to provide economic support for expenses and income loss of organizations who experienced a negative economic impact from COVID-19. The goal of the County is to supply grant funds to organizations that reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of Alameda County, prioritizing organizations operated by and/or serving populations and communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The intended outcomes are to assist the organizations with survival and sustainability while also supporting the communities that are served.

Dublin Transit Center Parking Garage
Public Art Program

The County of Alameda is building a new parking garage adjacent to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. The new parking structure is intended to limit vehicle miles for commuters and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Dublin-Livermore-Amador Valley area and supports the County's vision for accessible infrastructure and a healthy environment. The County of Alameda will fund a public art program for the parking structure that will be managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission.

Participate in the Community Survey - Open until April 30, 2022
Online survey available HERE
Respond to a short survey and share your ideas about your community. Your responses will be shared with the artists who are making proposals for the future artwork. Your comments will help influence the artists' designs.

Serve on an Artist Selection Committee - Deadline: April 6, 2022
Submit your interest form HERE
An artist selection committee will be assembled for the project. The goal is to form a committee of people who are involved in the community, have diverse experiences and perspectives, and are interested in contributing to the success of the project. We highly encourage our diverse community to submit an interest form as we aim to ensure the committee reflects the diversity of Dublin and Alameda County. Committee members must live, work, or own a business in Dublin. The committee will meet three times via Zoom. Each meeting will be 1.5-2 hrs. Meetings will begin at either 9am or 6:30pm depending on committee members' availability.

Art Banners in Castro Valley

Castro Valley Boulevard is now lined with new art banners created by Alameda County artists. The artwork was created by four Alameda County artists whose artwork is also featured on utility boxes throughout Castro Valley. The installation of the art banners was made possible through a partnership between the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Economic & Civic Development Department (ECD) and is part of the ECD's Streetlight Pole Banner Program in Castro Valley. The banners can be viewed along Castro Valley Boulevard beginning at Strobridge Avenue through Market Place, past Crow Canyon Road. To learn more, click here.

Public Art Guide for Castro Valley

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to announce a new Public Art Guide for Castro Valley. Learn more about the new art banners along Castro Valley Boulevard and the Utility Box Art Program as well as other public art projects throughout the community. View the guide here.

Online Virtual Exhibition Series

The Alameda County Arts Commission has launched a new virtual exhibition series to share online versions of 2020 and 2021 exhibitions scheduled to be presented in the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland. Currently, the building is temporarily closed to ensure the health and safety of the public and County staff. The online exhibition series includes exhibitions by the African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland, East Bay Heritage Quilters, the Oakland Art Association and the Tri-Valley Conservancy. To learn more and view the exhibitions, click here.

Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

The Alameda County Arts Commission wants to keep the arts community informed with up-to-date information, resources and opportunities for support for artists, arts organizations, and the arts sector. Click on the links below for more information.

Americans for the Arts
Federal Arts Advocacy

California Arts Council
Grant Opportunities, News and Resources

Californians for the Arts
News, Resources and Events

California Arts Advocates
Arts Advocacy

Create CA
Arts Education Advocacy

Public Art Program in Ashland and San Lorenzo

The County of Alameda is working on corridor improvement projects along East 14th St in Ashland and Hesperian Blvd in San Lorenzo. The intent of the projects is to make the streets safer for people walking, biking, and driving, to revitalize and beautify the corridors, and increase community pride. The Alameda County Arts Commission is working alongside the County's Public Works Agency to include public artwork in these two projects.

To learn the latest updates about the Public Art Program for the East 14th Street Corridor Improvement Project, click here.

To learn the latest updates about the Public Art Program for the Hesperian Blvd Corridor Improvement Project, click here.

Public Art Program at the Cherryland Community Center

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to share the Public Art Brochure for the Cherryland Community Center. The Arts Commission is happy to be able to work with community members, County agency partners and the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District (HARD) to bring this artwork to this important community resource. Learn more about the artists and the public art they created for the center. View the Public Art Brochure here.

Utility Box Art Program

The Alameda County Arts Commission launched the Utility Box Art Program for the unincorporated area of Alameda County. The program was first launched as a related component to the Community Identifier Projects. Phase One focused on the utility boxes close to the three Community Identifier Projects in Ashland/Cherryland, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo.

Phase Two of the Utility Box Art Program focused on placing art designs on 40 County-controlled utility boxes in the unincorporated community of Castro Valley. Phase Two features a group of professional artists providing a series of 5-6 designs related in style and theme. The designs were printed on vinyl, which wrap the utility boxes. The Utility Box Art Program is managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission and the program is funded by the Alameda County Public Works Agency.

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