The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (formerly the Arts Commission) has announced nearly $5.5 million in recent arts funding in two categories.
Approximately $4.5 million has been awarded in two-year grants for 213 nonprofit arts organizations through the Organizational Grant Program, and $922,000 was awarded to 47 Los Angeles County school districts, funded through the Arts Education Collective Advancement Grant Program. The two programs, along with the department’s Community Impact Arts Grant Program ($750,000) and Arts Internship Program ($1.1 million), mean approximately $7.3 million in grants will be distributed this year, a record for the Department of Arts and Culture.
“These grants are making art more accessible across the county,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, 4th District. “The Organizational Grant Program helps make possible concerts, theater, exhibitions and school education programs every day in communities that wouldn’t have them otherwise. The Advancement Grants are building pathways to careers in the arts by preparing youth for jobs in the creative economy and helping give our kids a well-rounded education. We want every person in this county to have access to the breadth, depth and diversity of the arts, now and into the future.”
The department has provided funding for arts and culture programming since 1947. Through the Organizational Grant Program, funding supports local small and mid-size arts organizations providing cultural services. Grantees range from larger organizations (KCETLink and Museum of Contemporary Art, for example) to longstanding nonprofits (Lula Washington Dance Company and Social Public Art Resource Center) with a deep history of service, to newer organizations in L.A.’s nonprofit space (Art Division and the Underground Museum). Grantees receive awards that range from $2,300 to $141,800, depending on the needs and size of the organization. The awards can be used to support critical needs ranging from organizational infrastructure to programming.
Awardees will use the grants to support numerous activities. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, which received $39,900, will use the funds to make choral music more accessible to the public and music education to teenagers. The Autry Museum of the American West received $116,700 to support Native Voices, its resident theater company.
Staffed by the Department of Arts and Culture, the Los Angeles County Arts Ed Collective coordinates the countywide effort to ensure that all students receive quality arts instruction by expanding teaching and learning. The Advancement Grant Program supports school districts in providing arts education. Grants are matched by school district funds, leveraging public and private resources to expand instruction in dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts.
“As the local agency dedicated to advancing arts, culture and creativity, one of our primary roles is to invest in the cultural life of Los Angeles County.” said Kristin Sakoda, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. “In a region as ethnically and culturally diverse, and as geographically sprawling as L.A., we seek to ensure that all the benefits of, and opportunities provided by the arts are available and accessible to all residents, no matter who they are or where they live. Grantmaking that supports a vibrant nonprofit art sector is a cornerstone of this work.”
For information and a list of grant recipients, visit lacountyarts.org.
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