Stockton Arts Commission

The Stockton Arts Commission (SAC) serves as the arts advocacy commission for the City and a catalyst to support and strengthen community awareness, opportunities, and involvement in arts and culture. 


2022 - 2023 Stockton Arts Grant

The City of Stockton Arts Commission (SAC) is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Stockton Arts Grant awards program. Stockton-based arts agencies, organizations, communities, individual artists, and art educators may submit applications for projects and programs that benefit the local community. The online application must be completed by Friday, May 19, 2023, at 12:00 p.m.

The SAC encourages project submissions that support and enable diverse arts and cultural programming that include activities, public engagement and access to various art forms throughout the community.

A total amount of $50,000 in grant funds will be awarded.  Grants to individual artists will not exceed $3,000, and grants for organizations will not exceed $20,000. Applicants may request any amount of funds. Grants awarded are typically between $1,000 and $10,000, with most grant awards falling between $1,000 and $5,000.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis for both large and small projects that are existing or new. All projects must offer a public presentation and take place within the city limits of the City of Stockton between June 2023 and December 2023.

Proposals are reviewed and grants are awarded upon recommendation by the SAC. The SAC may recommend funding toward only a portion of the total project request, and the SAC may select which portion of the project request it will recommend for funding.


To learn more, please call (209) 937-8206 or email


Poet Laureate Recruitment

The City of Stockton is seeking a Poet Laureate to bring poetry to the community and to foster an appreciation of poetry in the lives of the community members. Poet Laureates are a tradition of governing bodies dating back to the 1300s. The role of the Poet Laureate is to memorialize special occasions and events through the composition of original works of poetry. The deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m., on June 30, 2023. 


Interested candidates must complete an application including a complete listing of published work and samples of work, such as poetry and literary compositions, as directed. Poet Laureate application and guidelines for more information. For questions or additional information, please contact Ben Keisic at or call (209) 937-8285. 



Arts Commission History

The Commission was founded by Marian Jacobs and a group of local arts supporters in the mid-1970s. Today, the Commission operates within the City's Community Services Department with an arts director and a 15-member volunteer commission appointed by the Mayor and City Council. 


To learn more about the Stockton Arts Commission's function, legal authority, member qualifications, visit the City Clerk's Arts Commission page.



External Links

Stockton Arts Commission - Facebook

Stockton Arts Commission - Twitter 

California Arts Council – Grants 2019


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/7/2023