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Arts in California Parks

Local Parks Grant Program

Hip Hop for Change Camp at Candlestick Point SRA © 2021, Hip Hop for Change
Arts in California Parks is a new program from California State Parks that supports artists, culture bearers, California Native American tribes, and communities in creating artwork that offers perspective on our past and present. The program will establish art installations and programming in State and local parks. Through Arts in California Parks, we aspire to contribute to the well-being of all communities and park visitors, creating an environment where the magic of art and culture, and the natural beauty of parks converge.
For Submersion by artist Sarah Rosalena, commissioned by Clockshop © 2023, Gina Clyne
This program supports the “Outdoor Access for All” initiative led by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, along with the Natural Resources Agency’s “Outdoors for All” initiative, and California State Parks’ Reexamining Our Past Initiative.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
© 2023, California State Parks

Los Angeles Historic State Parks
© 2023, California State Parks

Los Angeles Historic State Parks
© 2023, California State Parks

State Indian Museum State Historic Park
© 2016, California State Parks

As the official statutory non-profit partner to California State Parks, Parks California is proud to administer and manage the Local Parks Grant Program, a component of the multi-year Arts in California Parks initiative. This program is designed to foster vibrant community engagement, support local artists, and celebrate cultural diversity through the creation of art and culture programming in local parks. Together, we aim to enhance the natural beauty of local parks with culturally enriching art programs that invite exploration, understanding, and a deepened connection to our shared landscapes.

Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park © 2012, California State Parks

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2024/2025 competitive grant cycle! The application period is now closed.

What's Next?

September 2024: Grant awards announced

Spring 2025: 2025/2026 Grant Applications Go Live

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Growing Together Day at Candlestick Point SRA © 2023, Veronica Miranda

2024/2025 Grant Cycles

Planning and
Development Grants

8-month grant cycle;
October 2024 – May 2025


Support the early stages of project development with a focus on building partnerships, artist selection and developing project plans.

Implementation Grants

12-month grant cycle;
October 2024 – September 2025


Support the execution of a community engagement, art and culture programs with a well-defined partnership.
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Arts in California Parks represents an exciting collaboration between California State Parks, the California Arts Council, and Parks California.