What We Do


The mission of the Arts Council for Monterey County is to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts.

The legendary Ansel Adams led dedicated civic, arts and business leaders to create our agency in 1982 as part of a nationwide movement powered by the National Endowment for the Arts. By 1985, Monterey County first contracted with the council for cultural services to improve the economic health of the region — with funding from the Tourism Occupancy Tax.

Today, after more than 34 years of observation, research and experience, we find over and over that “The Arts Are the Answer” to overcoming our communities’ greatest challenges and achieving our region’s greatest potential. Thanks to our supporters and partners, we help bring high quality arts programs to more and more residents — including those who have historically had little access. Over the years, we have strengthened the capacity of all arts organizations and cultural groups to more effectively serve our families and we have influenced a broad range of leaders to incorporate the arts to achieve their goals.


The Arts Council provides arts education to thousands of students each year thanks to support from local PTAs, foundations, businesses and individuals. We provide promotional, technical and financial support to more than 50 arts organizations thanks to funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Today we celebrate Monterey County and Monterey County artists through Fine Art Calendar.

We are very passionate about our work and dedicated to making Monterey County the very best place to live, work and visit.  In appreciation of the impact of our efforts, we have received several honors and accolades from the media, community groups and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

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    Support the arts in your community by donating to the Arts Council for Monterey County today. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

    Or send your check payable to: Arts Council for Monterey County, PO Box 7495, Carmel, CA 93921
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    San Carlos at 8th St.
    Carmel, CA 93923

    MAIL: PO Box 7495, Carmel, CA 93921