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Upstate California Creative Corps Seeks Applicants for Grant Review Panel!

Lakeport, CA January 13, 2023 – Lake County Arts Council is seeking local panelists to review local applications to the Upstate California Creative Corps. The Upstate California Creative Corps employs artists to create awareness around public health, water, and energy conservation, climate mitigation, emergency preparedness, relief, recovery, civic engagement, and social justice.

Barbara Clark, Executive Director at the Lake County Arts Council, states, “$3.38m will be re-granted to artists, and arts and social service organizations, as well as units of government, who will employ artists, across 19 counties in Northern California. We want to be sure that we build a local review panel here in Lake County that is diverse and knowledgeable, to support both an equitable process and an inclusive pool of grantees.”

Lake County Arts Council believes that Lake County’s people are our most treasured resource. A diverse panel pool ensures the integrity of our grant review process for all applicants, representative of our county’s racial, ethnic, and gender identities; eclectic geography; and wealth of organizations, perspectives, and knowledge.

Eligible applicants will be included in a panelist pool to be approved by Lake County Arts Council – in partnership with the Administering Organization for the Upstate California Creative Corps – in the months preceding the 2023-24 Upstate California Creative Corps grant activity period.

Specifically, panelists selected to serve the Upstate California Creative Corps will be reviewing Lake County applications. Say’s Barbara Clark, “We will contact panelist applicants between January and March 2023, and hope for a robust and diverse applicant pool!”

Clark states that panelists must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be Lake County resident
  2. They must be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of multiple applications based on the Upstate California Creative Corps published program goals and review criteria.
  3. They must have the capacity to take part in three (3) mandatory virtual group meetings and 10-12 hours reviewing grants, taking notes, and attending meetings and orientations over a six to eight-week period. Each volunteer panelist receives a modest honorarium of $150. All reviews and meetings may take place in person and/or remotely. More information about reviewing grants will be provided at the appropriate time.

Community members who are interested in applying can do so by following this link: Lake County California Creative Corp Panelist Application or Once the form is completed, applicants will receive an automated message confirming their submission. Clark, affirms “We’ll then follow up with panel applicants on an individual basis as we begin putting panels together.”

More about Upstate California Creative Corps can be found at and by calling 707-263-6658 or emailing