Arts Commission Announces $500,000 in Grants to LA County Organizations Providing Services Outside Arts

Grantees Include Organizations Working with Youth and Programs Serving the Disability, Homeless and Immigrant Communities

On Wednesday, June 20, the LA County Arts Commission announced $500,000 in arts grants to 42 nonprofit organizations as part of the Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) program.

The CIAG program recognizes the value of the arts as a vital tool for civic problem solving across a range of issue areas and supports arts programming taking place at nonprofit social service and health organizations, municipal departments and institutions of higher education as part of larger missions to provide services to individuals and communities.

Examples of the projects supported by CIAG include the Young People’s Leadership Academy at East LA Community Corporation, a year-round afterschool and summer youth program facilitating leadership through arts and culture; the Art of Social Justice SOUTH LA project at St John’s Well Child and Family Center; the technology media arts project at New Horizons: Serving Individuals with Special Needs teaching adults with intellectual disabilities to create short films and public service announcements; One In Long Beach Inc. presenting a film festival centered on the LGBTQ experience; and Tierra del Sol Foundation’s Tierra Fine Arts program serving artists with disabilities with professional mentoring and job training. More information about the 42 organizations can be found at LACountyArts.org/CIAG-Grantees

Grant amounts range from $6,500 to $14,900 and support one-year arts projects for organizations looking to build upon existing arts programming. Applications were reviewed and scored by 20 panelists with experience in the arts and social services, including artists, arts administrators and those with experience working with the diverse communities being served by applicants.

Detailed program information is available at LACountyArts.org/CIAG

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources.

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