James Irvine Foundation Announces $855,000 in Grants to LA County Arts Orgs

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 12:18pm

the James Irvine FoundationThe James Irvine Foundation announced grants totaling $855,000 to six Los Angeles County arts organizations whose work “hold[s] significant promise for the future of the arts nationwide, particularly as they lead the way in exploring how best to adapt to demographic and technological shifts.”

The foundation’s Exploring Engagement fund seeks to help nonprofit arts organizations better serve the full demographic profile of California’s diverse populations through participation in their programs. 

According to the United States Census Bureau, no one ethnic or racial population represents a majority of residents in Los Angeles County. Fifteen percent of LA County households live below the poverty level, which is one important reason why the James Irvine Foundation’s funding is so important here.

For more information, click the links on their names to be redirected to the organization’s website.

Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles
To launch a new format for traveling exhibitions, bringing poster art exhibits and art-making workshops to alternative spaces in the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley, payable over twenty-four months.


Diavolo Dance Theatre, Los Angeles
For LA Flies, a new series of free dance workshops and performances in accessible venues for low-income residents of Los Angeles, payable over twenty-four months.


EngAge, Burbank
To increase the engagement of low-income seniors and local residents in the arts through active participation at nontraditional venues in Southern California, payable over twenty-four months.


Outfest, Los Angeles
For Fusion Lab, temporary micro-cinema/media spaces in store fronts in Los Angeles that will offer film making opportunities for LGBT people of color, payable over twenty-four months. (Los Angeles)


Pasadena Symphony Association, Pasadena
To support Random Acts of Music, which will offer unexpected classical musical performances in libraries, community centers, banks and shopping malls to reach individuals traditionally underserved Californians, payable over twenty-four months.


Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Los Angeles County
To provide an immersive theatre program to the Lancaster/Palmdale area, payable over twenty-four months.