Want your voice heard about Measure P? Upcoming meetings give you that chance.

In its long, hard slog to the finish line, arts funding for Fresno organizations via Measure P will notch another bit of progress with two upcoming public meetings.

The Fresno Arts Council is holding the community meetings to seek input on the development of guidelines for the Access to Arts and Culture grants funded by Measure P. As the council puts it: “Community input is essential to developing guidelines that will best serve Cultural Arts organizations in the City of Fresno as they seek Measure P funds.”

The first meeting is 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) at 1555 Van Ness Ave. The second meeting is Thursday, Sept. 6, at the same time and location.

If you aren’t already versed in the issue, be sure to check out The Munro Review’s special page devoted to coverage of Measure P. TMR’s Doug Hoagland has been reporting on it for more than a year.

There’s a lot at stake here — both for arts organizations limping along after Covid and for arts lovers who want to see the cultural scene enriched. I have a feeling that here’s where some of the nitty-gritty questions will be asked: Who will be eligible for grants? Will there be a distinction between small and large arts organizations? What percentage of the grants will go to each? Community input is important.

You can RSVP for one or both meetings by emailing


Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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