Press Release


Contact:               Nyas Cooks, Executive Director

Phone:                 916-436-1970

Date:                     8/2/16



Performing Arts United (PAU)

  Receives California Arts Council “Cultural Pathways” Grant

 State funds support the growth of small and emerging arts organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal groups.


Sacramento, Ca. – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $10,000 to [organization name] as part of its new Cultural Pathways program. Performing Arts United is one of only twenty-eight grantees statewide for this program.

A new pilot grant program, Cultural Pathways is rooted in the California Arts Council’s commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations. This program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal groups.


Performing Arts United (PAU), provide music education, encouragement and development of performing arts consisting of Music Production, Vocal / Songwriting, Acting, Dance and Video Production, to at-risk youth and communities underserved, promoting K-12, post-secondary education and entrepreneurism to strengthen communities. Performing Arts United offer free instruction by qualified instructors, for encouragement through development and practice.


Performing Arts United (PAU) is “Developing Artistic Talent While Strengthening Communities”.


The news of Performing Arts United’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”

The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17 announced last week.


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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at