California Arts Council is awarding $13,500 to Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) as part of its Veterans in the Arts program.

The Veterans in the Arts program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through the arts. The program seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences.

Grants support projects by nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veterans assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families.

With support from the California Arts Council, DNACA will continue offering free arts workshops for veterans, active military and their families including: guitar, drum circles, varied media in visual arts, and creative writing.

The DNACA also provides veterans complimentary tickets to multicultural performance series.

For more information and to register for these classes, please contact DNACA at or 707-464-1336.

“We are thrilled that the value of this work is recognized and appreciated! We are extremely grateful that we will be able to continue this program in Del Norte County for the upcoming year,” said Stephanie Wenning, executive director of DNACA.

DNACA is one of 34 grantees chosen for the Veterans in the Arts program.

“Veterans come home as changed people. Often the impact of their service is not readily visible, or easily understood, by those they’ve come home to,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “The duty is ours to respond to the needs of our veterans and ensure they are not lost. The work of DNACA honors its veteran community by providing a venue for creative expression, camaraderie, and compassion.”