Proceeds from sales and renewals of California’s Arts Plate support arts education programs across California through grants from the California Arts Council.

The arts and arts education cultivate imagination, creativity, and innovation – key skills in the 21st century global economy. With a California Arts Plate on your car, your support will help create a state of innovation and ensure that California continues to be a world leader in creative and innovative industries for generations to come.

Arts education is an essential tool for healthy human development, student success, and lifelong learning. Benefits of arts education include:

21st century workforce

Creativity is the #1 attribute sought by today’s employers.

Academic achievement

A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.


Arts engagement results in higher attendance and lower dropout rates.

College readiness

Low-income students with high arts engagement are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

California Arts Council Grantee Spotlight

Students at a San Diego Title 1 elementary school are inspired to learn math through dance and movement.