The California Arts Leadership Now (CAL-Now) network is a cohort of rising arts professionals from various regions of California. As part of the network, CAL-Now members aim to build community, to exchange resources and learning, and to inform their development as organizational leaders as well as thought leaders in the field.
To achieve these objectives, CAL-Now members participate in monthly video conference calls in which representatives of different network organizations take turns hosting, gather in-person via representation of a delegation at an annual conference, and engage in intra-network site visits with the support of CCI.
The CAL-Now grant program provided general operating support to emerging arts leadership associations in California from 2018 - 2021. These groups, individually and as a statewide network, have helped early-career professionals of all ages and backgrounds to build long-lasting professional relationships, practice leadership, and gain knowledge and informed perspectives. They have provided opportunities for individuals in the arts—artists and arts workers—to exercise influence now so that they can become powerful leaders in the future. California’s arts and culture community has benefited from the existence of emerging arts leadership associations, which has helped the field identify and engage future arts leaders thus ensuring that their perspectives inform policies and practices. The arts field has become more relevant with their voices, and emerging arts leader entities have contributed to the arts sector’s vitality.
The CAL-Now grant program concluded its support of emerging arts leadership associations in 2021. After three years of supporting this piece of the arts infrastructure, the final application cycle took place in February 2021, after which grantees were awarded two years of general operating support.
The CAL-Now network and the CAL-Now grant program are supported in part by funding from: