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Cultivate/Create Initiative

The Cultivate/Create Initiative, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Los Angeles County Quality & Productivity Commission, is providing $10,000 grants to nine arts organizations to commission new works of art. The grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by new contributions from individual donors.

The commissions help drive donor engagement and strengthen the connections among the organization, the artist(s) and the people who support them.

Below is a list of the Cultivate/Create grantees and a description of their commissions, which will be presented by June 30, 2012. Come back to this site for project updates. Questions about the Cultivate/Create Initiative can be directed to grants staff at or 213-202-5858.


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A Window Between Worlds
Artists Barbara Smith and Nina Jun will create I Can: Requiem for I Can't, an art installation and performance engaging the community in ending violence against women.

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Arts Council for Long Beach
The artist collective Impossible Moon will create an interactive community weaving project at The Collaborative Gallery in Long Beach.


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Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Artists Miwa Matreyek and Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) will create The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come, a multimedia performance and exhibition using animation and original sound composition.


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Circle X Theatre Company
Performance artist Casey Smith will create Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, physical theatre incorporating projections, actors and soundscape.



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Highways Performance Space
Artist Patrick Kennelly and the artist collective U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D will create Patty, a piece examining the nature of female identity in the 21st century.


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iPalpiti Artists International
Composer Sharon Farber will create a chamber work for string orchestra.

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Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Artist Gina Osterloh will create Group Dynamics and Improper Light, a site-specific installation and photo series exploring abstraction and identity.


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Machine Project
Artist Nate Page will create Storefront Plaza at the Machine Project space. Performance artists will use the installation as a stage and perform original pieces in the spring.




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Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural
Filmmaker John Cantú will create Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community, an oral history film and accompanying book capturing the artistic and cultural community of the Northeast San Fernando Valley from 1990-2010.




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