The Fresno Arts Council is a State-Local partner to the California Arts Council, designated by the county board of supervisors to serve the county’s citizens. As the local arts agency, it is officially designated to provide financial support, services, or other programs to a variety of cultural arts organizations, individual artists, and the diverse communities of the county.

By Memorandum of Understanding, The Council serves as the local arts agency for the City of Fresno, tasked to support and promote the arts industry and Enrich Our Community’s Way of Life Through the Arts.

Our Mission and Purpose

The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 under the name of the “Alliance for the Arts” by local artists, arts organizations and interested individuals who wished to create a voice for the arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Our mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” Our purpose is to foster an arts community that recognizes and honors the contributions of its citizens to the arts; advocate to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; collaborate with community leaders, businesses, corporations, foundations, and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together.

The Fresno Arts Council sponsors, promotes and encourages the arts throughout the city and county of Fresno and acts as an umbrella for artists and art organizations from all cultures and disciplines through advocacy, education, programs, and services.

We are a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer board of directors and serve as the local partner to the California Arts Council. The Council solicits support from foundations, government and corporate funders, membership dues and private donations.



Why support the Fresno Arts Council?

Arts programs and cultural activities serve to attract industry and other businesses to a community, resulting in growth and economic progress. It takes support from the private and public sectors to create and foster art and that is what we need from you—your support. We rely on individual, organization and business membership dues as well as event sponsorships as an integral part of our funding. Become part of the Fresno Arts Council and be an advocate for the education and promotion of the arts and humanities.

Programs and Services

Arts in Education

Arts in Corrections

ArtHop – Every 1st and 3rd Thursday 

Technical assistance workshops

United arts advocacy

Local liaison for the California Arts Council

City and County consultant for art in public places

Annual Horizon Awards

Annual Dining with the Artists

Arts Alive in Agriculture! – Juried Exhibition

Fiscal receivership for individual artists and arts groups

Poet Laureate

Poetry Out Loud

Veterans Programs


Lilia Gonzáles Chávez
Executive Director

Carlos Aparicio
Program Coordinator

Lisa Herrick
Media Specialist

Cassandra Ruby McGuire
Operations Manager

Elisa Flores 
Administrative Assistant/Gallery Coordinator

Ma Ly
City Hall Preparator

Louis Razo
Information Technology

Harpreet Gill

Pablo Ruiz de Chavez
Webmaster/Graphic Design

Board Members and Staff

The staff and board members of FAC consist of a diverse group of community leaders who are passionate in their own field as well as the advancement of the arts in Fresno County. Board members contribute their countless energies, time, and money to steer the Fresno Arts Council forward as stewards of the arts in the community.


Bruce Kalkowski, President

1821 Gallery Owner



Susan Hansen, Vice President

Arts Ed,



Laura E. Ward, Secretary

Ward Legal, Inc.



Mary (Polly) Brewer,

Retired Gallery Owner



Danielle Bacon Parnagian,

Public Relations and Corporate Communications



Olga Gutierrez De Nuñez, Treasure

CSU Fresno

Community Engagement Coordinator



Thomas Whit Ellis,

Theatre Arts/CSU Fresno, MS 46


Advisory Board Members

Coke Hallowell, (Patron) Retired Teacher

Jeffrey T. Roberts, (Philanthropy) Granville Properties

Joyce Aiken (Prof Emeritus, CSUF)

Julie Linxwiler, Retired Teacher/Artist