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California Arts Council

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Poets and Writers

California Arts Council

The California Arts Council awarded the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference a Creating Public Value grant in 2008-09 and 2011-12. This supported honoraria for visiting authors, outreach for community workshops, events for at-risk teens, seniors, and implementation of capacity building initiatives..

The CAC defines public value as making a positive contribution to the individual and collective lives of all Californians through the arts. The California Arts Council, a state agency, receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Community Foundation of Mendocino County

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference received support from the Arts for Our Future program of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County in 2007 and in 2009. This support helped fortify MCWC as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. MCWC also implemented a brand-building campaign to build national support for the conference and undertook collaborative board training with the Mendocino Film Festival. In addition, MCWC engaged in community writing projects including Poets in the Community in collaboration with South Coast Seniors and with the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County.

The Community Foundation Arts for the Future program is made possible through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, with mutual recognition that the arts can be a powerful force in bringing communities together and in engendering economic activity.

Poets & Writers. Inc.

Poets & Writers, Inc., through its Readings/Workshops program, helps fund summer conference events that are open to the general public.

"The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference is a good example of an organization that is thinking big and looking to build a national reputation." —Susanne Norgard
Executive Director,
Community Foundation of Mendocino County