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SB-628 California Creative Corps.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 628


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 19, 2021


An act relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 628, as introduced, Allen. California Creative Corps.
Existing law establishes an Arts Council in state government to, among other things, promote the employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in both the public and private sector.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the California Creative Corps, a job and training program to employ and deploy artists and creative workers with the intent to achieve specified goals related to civic, cultural, and economic improvement of the state.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the California Creative Corps, a job and training program to employ and deploy artists and creative workers across California as essential workers and contributors to overcoming California’s greatest challenges.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that establishment of the California Creative Corps would do all of the following:
(1) Contribute to social cohesion, civic engagement, economic vitality and the social and emotional well-being of every community in California to fuel positivity, regain public trust, and inspire safe and healthy behavior across California’s diverse populations.
(2) Create new opportunities for Californians to serve, increase efficiency and accountability, support social innovation, and strengthen the state’s creative infrastructure, and help usher in a new generation of creative work for Californians.
(3) Direct funds to support programs that engage creative workers to address community health issues; provide funding and guidelines for localities and tribal governments to commission public health campaigns; integrate creative arts therapies into care; and support place-based programs to allow creative individuals entering the workforce to earn revenue with their creativity and reactivate local economies.
(4) Embrace a training component that would address the need for service and work-experience opportunities for young people and veterans by doing each of the following:
(A) Addressing maintenance of, restoration of, and research on our arts, creative, and cultural resources, including arts education and teaching artists.
(B) Developing the next generation of diverse public and private sector creative industry workers.
(C) Realize the goals of achieving an equitable and healthy economic and educational recovery for all Californians and leveraging the unique power of creative and culturally rooted activities to achieve holistic and transformative outcomes and prevention strategies for people in communities experiencing trauma, food and shelter insecurity, drug addiction, poor health, education inequities, and systemic marginalization.