CA Arts Council Funds "Public Value" Projects in LA County

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:15am

The California Arts Council announced over $650,000 in grants to arts organizations statewide as part of its “Creating Public Value” grant program.  Nineteen organizations in Los Angeles County will receive a total of $168,000 in support.

The Creating Public Value program supports rural and underserved communities in which geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, or disability hinder access to the arts. Funding promotes partnerships, lifelong learning activities, and the social and economic impact of the arts in communities.

"Geographic and economic constraints can hamper arts programming in rural areas and in urban communities where there is limited access to the arts. These organizations improve the quality of life and economic progress in these neighborhoods by providing arts programming for all ages,” said Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council.

Grantees will focus their efforts on activities like creating safe spaces for youth, fostering liveable communities, and encouraging greater access to the arts for individuals and families in underserved areas.

Arts for LA and four of our Member Organizations—the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Poverty Department, and Watts Village Theater Company—will receive grant money through this program, which is funded directly by the Art Plate program.  A partnership between the state of California and the California Arts Council, Art Plates allow drivers throughout the state to support the arts through a small annual license plate fee.

A complete list of grantees and projects follows.  For more information on the California Arts Council, visit  For more information on the Arts Plate program, visit

Recipients of 2010-2011 Creating Public Value Program Grants
(*denotes Arts for LA Member Organization)

Arts for LA (Los Angeles) will support the development and publication of four cultural asset maps that will cover cultural services, arts education programs, and funding streams for artists and organizations in the low-income LA County communities of Boyle Heights, Pomona, MacArthur Park, and Long Beach. Publications will be in English, Khmer, and Spanish. $8,000

*Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles) will produce a more accessible version of its exhibition Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex, and have the exhibit travel to 3 locations in the San Joaquin Valley and/or the Inland Empire, along with educational programs and arts workshops for youth and others who are most impacted by California's criminal justice policies. $9,000

FilAm ARTS (Los Angeles) will support the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, an arts engagement program aiming to give voice to Filipino American artists and audiences in a participatory online curation process. $8,000

Great Leap (Los Angeles) will partner with EndOil to conduct Collaboratory XI: Breathe Easy, a 6-8 week performance workshop that focuses on the impact of environmental pollution on the quality of life in the Long Beach area. $8,500

*Heidi Duckler Dance Theater (Los Angeles) will support FEEDBACK, a new mobile work that will bring performances three the sub-communities of Los Angeles: East LA, South LA, and the San Fernando Valley; the project was inspired by the West Coast food-cart phenomenon. $8,000

Highways, Inc. (Santa Monica) will launch a new program to serve the L. A. region's LGBTQ artists and audiences. The program will involve 10 culturally diverse LGBTQ performers and spoken word artists creating new works that will broaden, expand, and diversify Highways audiences. $9,500

J.U.i.C.E. (Los Angeles) will expand programming to help young artists attain professional careers in the arts by augmenting existing programming to provide instruction and practice in event production, marketing and outreach, booking, and performance. $8,500

Khmer Arts (Long Beach) will host four Cambodian artists in a one-week residency in Long Beach's Cambodia Town as they work with local artists, students and the community to produce a public concert at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The concert will focus on dance rituals of Cambodia and include a 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of Khmer Arts. $10,000

LA Commons (Los Angeles) will build on the success of its docent-led tours and the Found LA Festival by expanding the number of docent guides, neighborhoods, and visitors, as well as develop web content and multimedia features to provide a platform for community profiles, voices, and dialogues. $9,000

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena (Pasadena) will expand their free 50 concert summer music series by adding pre-concert programming, including additional multidisciplinary performances, artist interviews, arts instruction, and community/business partnerships. $9,500

*Los Angeles Poverty Department (Los Angeles) will prepare for the production of the third Annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists which celebrates and encourages creativity, artistic production, and education in the neighborhood and introduces Skid Row's art and cultural assets to greater Los Angeles. $9,000

Peninsula Symphony Association (Palos Verdes Peninsula) will present musical assemblies at three Title I elementary schools, featuring five professional musicians who will demonstrate various musical instruments and perform Peter and the Wolf; in addition, students and their families will be invited to attend dress rehearsals of three Peninsula Symphony concerts. $8,500

Robey Theatre Company (Los Angeles) will host 600 middle and high school students for 16 encore performances of the play Bronzeville at the Japanese American National Museum's Media Center in Los Angeles during May 2013, as well as expand lesson plans for teachers related to the Japanese American experience during WWII.  $9,000

South East European Film Festival (Los Angeles) will hire two project and media developers to expand the Festival's reach into new regional areas with South Eastern European communities through partnerships and regional sponsors in Berkeley, Irvine, Claremont, and Monterey. $9,000

TeAda Productions (Santa Monica) will partner with three non-profit community-based organizations to work with Southeast Asian and Latino immigrant artists to develop their skills as an ensemble and to create a single performance piece. $8,000

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Los Angeles) will offer the "Day Labor Theater Without Borders" program, a theater ensemble of day laborers that will amplify the voice of the day labor community as it expands its short play Caminos al Paraíso/Paths to Paradise into its first full-length production. $9,000

Virginia Avenue Project (Santa Monica) will pair a professional writer/performer with a child in the program "One-on-Ones" in which children and writer/performer collaborate on an original work that is performed for the community in a fully staged production. $8,500

Visual Communications (Los Angeles) will host the 29th annual LA Asian Pacific Film Festival in May 2013 to showcase the accomplishments and evolving role of Asian American women in film. $9,500

*Watts Village Theater Company (Los Angeles) will commission 12 theater companies throughout California to expand Meet Me @Metro IV, an interactive, site-specific, collaborative series of mobile performances, into a festival model that offers simultaneous performances along the metro's rail lines. $9,500

Photo credit: "Art on the Waterfront - Kara hanging photos" by Angels Gate, on Flickr