Applications Open for California Arts Council Grant Review Panelists

February 16, 2024

The California Arts Council has opened its call for applicants to serve on peer-review panels for the 2024 grant season. The state art agency is seeking arts and cultural practitioners from disparate communities statewide to volunteer for a critical role in the grant application process as grant review panelists. Applications will be open through March 8, 2024. Panelists selected to serve during the 2024 grant season will be contacted by CAC staff between April and July.

Grant panelists work both independently and virtually alongside other panelists to evaluate grant applications, ensuring an equitable, honest, and thorough review and ranking process. The panel experience provides great insight into the grant-making process and can serve as a professional development practice for their career and artistic goals.

Prospective candidates must be California residents age 18 or older with experience in a wide range of artistic, cultural, and social fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Artists and cultural practitioners of all disciplines

  • Arts learning for youth

  • Cultural placekeeping/creative placemaking

  • Cultural development

  • Youth advocacy

  • Arts programming of, for, and by people with disabilities

  • Social service, justice, community building

  • Adult, juvenile detention/court

  • Nonprofit management

  • Arts programming for veteran populations

As an appreciation for our volunteer panelists, individuals who complete their panel service will receive a $300 honorarium to subsidize them for their attendance at two to three virtual meetings and rank submission activities. Panelists make a four- to six-week commitment to read and rank roughly 30-50 applications by the grant review deadline. An average of 30-60 minutes of time is needed to appropriately review and rank each panel application.

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