Wednesday, July 14, 2010

L.A. County awards $4.1 million in arts grants



Linda Chiavaroli, Dir. of Communications, (213) 202-5935,


Emiko Ono, Director of Grant Programs, (213) 202-5939,



A complete list of grantees for 2010-12 is online on the Arts Commission’s Web site.

List alphabetical by artistic discipline:

List by size of grant:

Other breakdowns are available by request.


For Release July 14, 2010




Partial restoration of funds to Grants, Internships and Holiday Celebration

lessens but does not eliminate the effect of budget cuts


The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced $4,118,000 in two-year grants to 166 nonprofit arts organizations through its Organizational Grant Program (OGP). This funding reflects a reduction in the grants budget for the last two-year cycle, 2008-10, of 9% instead of the anticipated 16%. At its July 6 meeting the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, in approving the grants, increased the grants budget by $287,000.


The grants budget motion also included partial restoration of funds for two other Arts Commission programs. The L.A. County Arts Internship Program for college students received $250,000 to assure continuation of the program in summer 2011 but at half of its original allocation. The 2010 L.A. County Holiday Celebration received an additional $482,000 making possible a three-hour rather than the traditional six-hour show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 24; additional funding is being sought to stage a six-hour show.


Although the grant amount for 2010-12 is 9% lower than the awards for 2008-10, more organizations (166 vs. 155) were actually funded than in 2008-10. An estimated 10 million people will be served by the organizations receiving grants for 2010-12. Lists of current grantees are at, click on “Grants,” then “List of Current Grantees.”


“The County strives to bring the arts into our local neighborhoods, and I look forward to our County residents benefiting from the cultural programming offered by these organizations who serve as our partners in the arts,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Chair of the Board Gloria Molina.


Arts Commission President Ron Rosen commented, "These grants will help ensure that many of our cultural organizations can continue to provide needed employment during these difficult economic times. Funding for more than half of these organizations directly supports jobs. Our nonprofit arts community employs more than 21,000 in Los Angeles County."


Two examples of how the OGP grants impact the economy are the grants to Actor’s Gang theatre company ($33,800) and Piece by Piece ($10,100), serving homeless and low income persons in disadvantaged communities by providing free mosaic workshops and the opportunity to sell their artworks. As a result of its grant Actor’s Gang can raise the payment level of its Associate Artistic Director and costume, lighting and sound designers, allowing the organization to expand school partnerships and reach more students. Piece by Piece will be able to increase the hours of administrative staff and teaching artist salaries, strengthening the organization to better serve the communities of South Los Angeles and Skid Row.


The 2010-12 grantees, broken down by size of organization, are as follows.


SMALL BUDGET (under $100,000) – 71 grantees totaling $738,900

MID-SIZE BUDGET 1 ($100,000-$500,000) – 53 grants totaling $940,600

MID-SIZE BUDGET 2 ($500,000-$1,500,000) –23 grants totaling $917,900

LARGE BUDGET (more than $1,500,000) - 19 grantees totaling $1,520,600


Grant amounts range from $3,500 (Concert Singers) to $227,382 (LA Philharmonic). Grantee organizations are spread throughout L.A. County with offices located in 46 of the County’s 88 municipalities.


24 (14%) of these organizations are receiving County arts grants for the first time. Of these, 10 are in the Small Budget category, 10 are in the Mid-Size Budget 1 category, 2 are in the Mid-Size Budget 2 category, and 2 are in the Large Budget category.


The two-year OGP grant cycle increases stability for arts organizations enabling them to plan ahead and lighten their administrative work load because they prepare grant proposals every other year instead of annually.


In addition to the 166 arts organizations whose grants were approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 6 are 151 organizations that are receiving the second installment of two-year grants awarded last year. These grantees bring the total number of arts organizations receiving County funds during the current fiscal year to 317.



The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to its grants program, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All; oversees the County’s Civic Art Program for capital projects, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation, programs the John Anson Ford Theatres and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally, and a year-round music program that funds free concerts each year in public sites. The 2010-11 President of the Arts Commission is Ronald D. Rosen. For more information please consult the Arts Commission online press kit:





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