Stockton Arts Commission

The Stockton Arts Commission (SAC) serves as the arts advocacy commission for the City and a catalyst to support and strengthen community awareness, opportunities, and involvement in arts and culture. 


CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV3) 

To help members of our community who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, the City of Stockton has received CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV3) funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City has allocated $180,000 of this funding to assist Stockton’s Artists and Arts nonprofit organizations that apply and meet the eligibility criteria.


Grants of up to $3,000 are available for individual artists, and grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to arts nonprofit organizations. The application period opens Monday, October 18, 2021, at noon, and will remain open until 5:30 p.m., on December 1, 2021. Online applications in multiple languages are available on the Neighborly portal.


Applicants for both grants will be asked to provide a detailed explanation of financial losses or incurred expenses due to COVID-19. 



Individual Artist Grants

Current, full-time Stockton residents who make their primary income as freelancers or employees in the arts sector may apply. Applicants must make the majority (50%+) of their individual income from the arts sector through any combination of sales of art, freelance work, and/or employment. This includes fine artists (literary, visual, and performing artists); musicians; teaching artists; culture bearers; artist members of collective-based or cooperative creative social enterprises; and specialized artist workers (e.g., lighting, or sound designers, fabricators, etc.). Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to approximately 20 individuals.


Arts Nonprofit Organizational Grants

Stockton-based 501(c)3 arts nonprofits; fiscally sponsored arts organizations; or 501(c)3 incorporated cultural land trusts with a primary function of arts and/or culture activities and services may apply.


Grant funds can be used for staff salary support, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. The direct grants will not require a cost-share or match and will be for an amount up to $20,000.

Individual Artist and Arts Nonprofit Organizational Grant applications will be reviewed by panels convened by the Stockton Arts Commission and judged on artistic excellence and merit, which includes the potential to have a significant and immediate impact on the arts workforce and the organization’s ability to carry out an award.

Grant amounts will be based on the number of people the organization employees as of the completed fiscal year using the following tiers:

  • Nonprofit organizations with 5 employees or less are eligible to receive grants up to $10,000.
  • Nonprofit organizations with between 6-15 are eligible to receive grants up to $15,000.
  • Nonprofit organizations with 16 or more employees are eligible to receive grants up to $20,000.

The arts nonprofit must not have received more than $20,000 through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program or received a National Endowment for the Arts (CARES) award. Additionally, applicants and employees or board members of applicant organizations who have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationship) with the City of Stockton’s elected officials and their employees are ineligible.


We Got the Grant!

The California Arts Council has awarded the City of Stockton and the Stockton Arts Commission a Creative California Communities Grant for Stockton Arts Week. With support from the California Arts Council, with its biggest investment in arts and culture statewide since 2001, the Stockton Arts Commission will expand Stockton Arts Week.

Events like the annual Collide Festival will showcase the diversity of local artists, expand the arts, and improve the City’s downtown. We have been awarded $60,000 and funds will be used for two years of programming.

  • For a full list of 2019 Grant Awards, visit the California Arts Council press release in External Links. 


City of Stockton Poet Laureate

Tama Brisbane serves the City of Stockton in the capacity of Poet Laureate. Her term is effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021.  The following is the full text of her poem, Revelation.



Sides, as though by decree, disappear
No south side or east side or north side
Or Brookside
Only a unanimous desert of inside
Relieved by fleeting oases of outside.


Turf has become a tarnished trophy, undefended
Because who wants to rep a block no one's been seen on
In the years it's taking these hours to pass.


The potholes on Pershing are easy to avoid
Now that the asphalt emptiness of 3am exists all day.
There is a civic shiver at the unexpected echo
Of a Hammer lain down until further notice.


And we notice that we find ourselves missing
So much
But nothing is missed so much
As each other
We, the City of


Segregated, suspicious...and sympathetic
Truculent, turbulent...and triumphant
Obstinate, obscene...and outgoing
Cantankerous, crowded...and compassionate
Knavish, keening...and kindred
Tenuous, tactless...and treasured
Overbearing, ornery...and open-hearted
Notorious, negative...and noble.


In our isolation it turns out
We are more community than we thought,
And we will all find us again.


Arts Commission History

The Commission was founded by Marian Jacobs and a group of local arts supporters in the mid-1970s. Today, the Commission operates within the City's Community Services Department with an arts director and a 15-member volunteer commission appointed by the Mayor and City Council. 


To learn more about the Stockton Arts Commission's function, legal authority, member qualifications, visit the City Clerk's Arts Commission page.



External Links

Stockton Arts Commission - Facebook

Stockton Arts Commission - Twitter 

California Arts Council – Grants 2019


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/18/2021