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Art Leaders

Investing in Arts Leadership in California

California's emerging arts leaders have a strong commitment to both their arts career and to California. That's reassuring because the nonprofit arts field is undergoing significant leadership transition.

As the arts community prepares for this change, we recognize that now is the ideal time to provide emerging arts leaders with support and opportunities that will increase their professional skills and enable them to exercise their leadership capacity now in preparation for the future.

CCI, in collaboration with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, created the California Art Leaders Investments (CALI) program to provide emerging California arts leaders with scholarships to practice leadership and enhance their professional skills. CALI Grants can be used to participate in national conferences, attend training workshops, work with consultants/ coaches, and to engage in resume-building activities that showcase one’s capacity to lead the arts sector.

Decisions on CALI Grants are made quickly! Apply online by the 15th of any month and you'll have an answer by the 15th of the following month.

California Art Leaders Investments (CALI)

ALERT - New Guidelines: Since 2010, CCI has provided emerging arts professionals with NextGen professional development support to develop a pipeline of professionals for the arts field. Beginning December 2015, guidelines have been updated to de-emphasize age as a criterion as well as to place greater attention on helping these professionals advance professionally. This change is reflected in the new name for this program: No longer called the NextGen Arts Grants program (NextGen), the program is now called California Art Leaders Investments (CALI). Please review these guidelines carefully as they have changed.

Who is eligible to apply?

Emerging arts leaders throughout California may be eligible to apply for up $1,000.
Please see guidelines for additional specific eligibility criteria.

Current Deadline: November 15, 2016

We want to build a community for California’s future arts leaders.

Share your CALI experiences and participate in our Twitter conversation by using #caliarts or #futureartsleaders.

Nurturing California's Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders


Want to learn more about California's NextGen arts leaders?

The Faces of the Future: An Assessment of California’s Next Generation Arts Leadership Initiative

NextGen Report - Face of the Future COVER CROP

In 2011 Harder + Company Community Research and independent consultant Diane Espaldon conducted an early-phase assessment of the Next Generation Arts Leadership Initiative. Learn more about the early impact and initial feedback about the program from those who participated.


CCI California Arts Leaders Investments (CALI) Program is made possible in part, by funding from: