LOS ANGELES, CA.-
To support local arts nonprofits and the communities they serve, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
has announced $4,518,000 million in grant awards through its Organizational Grant Program (OGP). The awards provide two-year grants for 227 organizations.
OGP is Los Angeles Countys longest-running arts grant program, providing funding for the diverse ecosystem of arts nonprofits that range in size, budget, and disciplinefrom arts education, to theater, music, and dance, to visual, media, and literary arts. This cycles grantees are located and provide services across the County, and many have deep and culturally rooted ties in their communities.
The program also addresses systemic inequity in arts funding. Over 80% of grantees have budgets under $1M. These small and micro budget organizations are often chronically underfunded and include those that reflect and serve communities of color, historically marginalized, and rural communities.
Awards range from $900 to $112,000 this year, depending on the needs and size of the organization. The funds can be used to support any number of current critical needs, from staffing and organizational infrastructure to public-facing programming. OGP grantees can also access the Department of Arts and Cultures slate of professional development opportunitiesprograms designed in house, as well as scholarships for trainings and conferences.
"The Organizational Grant Program has supported Los Angeles Countys arts nonprofits since the 1990s, and today, the nonprofit sector that OGP helped build is a crucial part of the larger LA County arts and culture infrastructure and creative economy," said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Holly J. Mitchell. "These grants sustain our arts organizations in the short term, during a very challenging time. But they have a long-term effect too, strengthening our arts and culture ecosystem that, when it is robust and inclusive, brings resources to hardly reached communities and direct access to quality arts activities and programming."
"We know that arts and culture resources positively impact health and wellbeing, economic opportunity, neighborhood resiliency, civic engagement, and youth development. Investing in the arts is investing in our communities, and the Organizational Grant Program is a key delivery mechanism for these high-return investmentsmade even more important as the arts sector builds toward recovery from the pandemic and a more equitable and sustainable future," said Kristin Sakoda, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. "In addition to an array of arts disciplines and cultural venues, geographies, and budget sizes, our OGP grantees represent, reflect, and steward LA Countys diverse artists, art forms, cultural heritage, and perspectives. I am also thrilled that 14% of the grantees are first-time recipients! The programs effectiveness for increasing cultural equity and inclusion cannot be underestimated."
"The thing I am most proud of is OGPs equitable reach. It supports hundreds of organizations countywidefrom small budget grassroots organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $20,000 to major cultural institutions, and everyone in between," said Eric Eisenberg, President of the Arts Commission, the arts advisory body to the Board of Supervisors. "Grantees have offices or community and cultural spaces throughout the 88 cities in LA County, and throughout all five supervisorial districts. With that kind of range, were able to increase the vitality of the entire local arts landscape."
Testimonials from OGP Grantees
"We are incredibly grateful for LA Countys Department of Arts and Cultures support of our poetry workshops and youth outreach programs in the schools and the streets of Los Angeles, especially now in this dynamic transformational time as we secure a site for our future Street Poets Center for Community, Culture & Wellness and put down more permanent roots here in the city weve served for the past 25 years." Chris Henrikson, Founder and Executive Director, Street Poets
"This grant will provide free, online, expressive arts sessions and training program scholarships. During this time of escalating need, our healing-centered programming is critical for under-resourced communities, students, and professionals living and working throughout Los Angeles County." Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founder and Director, UCLArts & Healing
"The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture's Organizational Grant Program allows us to create virtual and in-person public programs that inspire, educate, and help promote understanding and appreciation of Americas ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. This grant helps the public stay connected to the broader Japanese American experience and support our mission. Through our Natsumatsuri and Oshogatsu family festivals, as well as workshops that dive deep into our exhibitions and community partnerships, we empower the public to share the hard-fought lessons accrued from this history, create a more just America, and a better world." Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, Japanese American National Museum
"The last two years have taught us that the only way we will overcome future crises is by working together. This is a pivotal time to support nonprofits and the community networks they help build, nurture, and maintain. The Organizational Grant Program will support the work of The GR818ERS, a collective of artists, athletes, and activists using their knowledge and expertise to empower youth and uplift communities. Our headquarters, the UNITE Cultural Center, will serve as a cultural hub to house program efforts including afterschool programs, workshops, community events, and an internship program aimed at building the creative workforce. Through the support of the Department of Arts and Culture, AWOKE aims to sustain the nurturing social ecosystem grounded in culture, creativity, and service that has been fostered through program efforts." Pierre Ivan Arreola, Executive Director, AWOKE and Co-Founder, The GR818ERS
"The Museum of Latin American Art is honored to receive funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture for its continued support for MOLAAs cultural and educational programming. Our responsibility to represent and provide a safe space for all of our cultural complexity to be shared, understood, and appreciated by a wider public is intrinsic to uphold our institutional mission and the greater benefit of our community." Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph. D., President and CEO, Museum of Latin American Art
"Thank you to LA County Department of Arts and Culture for their support of Film Independent. This grant will help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Artist Development programs, which all began with the Project Involve programs commitment to supporting emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented in film. We are so grateful to LA County for their many years of support in our ongoing fight to build a more inclusive and equitable industry." Kate Walker DAngelo, Senior Director of Development, Film Independent