Harini Krishnan

Harini Krishnan

District 1

Robin Rodricks

Robin Rodricks

District 2

Laura McHugh

Laura D. McHugh

District 3

Jeanne Heisse

Jeanne Heisse

District 4

Sam Stewart

Sam Stewart

District 5


Local Arts Grants program distributes funding in two categories: 
  • Project/Program Support which may be used to present free or low-cost performances, screenings, exhibitions, educational services, festivals, literary readings, workshops, and seminars or other services.
  • Organizational Support which provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission.

For any application related questions, please contact Chief Legislative Aide Juda Tolmasoff at jtolmasoff@smcgov.org  or artscommission@smcgov.org

Educator Micro Grants

The San Mateo County Arts Commission offers K-12 educators at eligible institutions the opportunity to apply for $150 grants towards the purchase of visual art materials that will be used for a specific lesson to further students’ creative potential using California's Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  Teachers must apply individually, regardless of school or project affiliations.

For more information, please contact Jolene Romero at jromero@smcoe.org or (650) 802-5414. 


The San Mateo County Arts Commission is pleased to announce its 2018 arts grant awardees.  Eighteen (18) county arts organizations will receive $83,775 to make diverse cultural arts programs broadly accessible to residents of San Mateo County. Organizations serve children and adults with dance, drama, media arts, instrumental and vocal music, theatre and visual arts. 

For a list of 2018 grantees, please download PDF.


The San Mateo County Arts Commission connects, convenes and champions the arts. The San Mateo Arts Commission works to ensure that the arts are valued for their contributions to the County’s quality of life, to children’s education and for their reflection of the diversity of the County’s residents and visitors. The Arts Commission works to further public appreciation and support of all cultural, classical, traditional and emergent art forms.

The Arts Commission supports arts events, programs, outreach, engagement or services that create social vitality in neighborhoods, K-12 schools and with underserved constituencies. The Arts Commission provides funds to assist arts organizations in building a strong presence in the community, growing audiences and expanding services and programs to the community and to children in grades K-12 and to educate and expose county residents to a wide range of artistic and cultural expression.

The Arts Commission consists of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, each residing in one of the supervisorial districts. It exists to promote and encourage the arts, to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors, to prepare and update the county's strategic and cultural plan, and act as a liaison with arts organizations to ensure collaboration and coordination related to culture and art activities in San Mateo County.