Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Friday, June 24 @ 4:36 p.m. / Arts

DNACA Wins California Arts Council Grant

Dance students learn about tango culture and dance from Argentinian dancers Max and Raquel before DNACA’s presentation of Los Tangueros del Oeste, in April. | Photo courtesy of DNACA

From the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness:

Crescent City, CA – The California Arts Council (CAC) has announced a grant award to Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) as part of its State-Local Partner program in its first round of funding for 2022.

Funds from this grant will go towards continuing DNACA’s artistic programs such as Poetry Out Loud, Art in Public Places, Performance Series, Arts in Education, and other artistic and cultural programs in the community. A portion of the funds will also go toward DNACA’s operating expenses.

“DNACA is honored to continue as our county’s California Arts Council State-Local Partner. We’re looking forward to utilizing these funds to continue our current programs, and also to help our community have even greater access to, and participation in, art of all kinds,” said DNACA Executive Director Stephanie La Torre.

DNACA was featured as part of a larger announcement from the CAC, publicizing grant awards for its Cycle A programming, which totaled in excess of $31 million across more than 1,100 grants supporting non-profit organizations throughout the state. The dollar amount marks the largest annual investment in the California Arts Council’s 46-year history.

“We are elated today to be able to say that we are placing an historic amount of money into the very worthy hands of California’s arts and cultural workforce—and with more yet to come,” said California Arts Council Chair Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez. “We have long since understood the value of our artists in this state, and we are incredibly grateful to our Governor and our Legislature for their support and sharing in a like-minded vision for all of California.”

Organizations were awarded grants across seven different program areas within Cycle A, focused on the CAC’s efforts to address geographic equity, enable autonomy and sustainability for smaller organizations, and grow the strength of local arts agencies and their partnerships.
DNACA’s mission is to provide support and excitement for all the creative arts in our County, in order to inspire community vitality and harmony.

DNACA was founded in 1981 as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and designated by the County as its official local arts council for Del Norte County. DNACA is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. You are invited to explore DNACA’s website and learn more about what they offer at


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