State of California ups arts funding by $1 million for 2015-16

Posted on: July 20, 2015

“California’s arts grant-making agency has announced stepped-up funding in three key categories,” writes Mike Boehm in Friday’s (7/17) Los Angeles Times. The California Arts Council approved a total of $3.8 million in grants for 2015-16, up $1 million from the previous fiscal year, “to ‘Local Impact’ projects that are aimed at helping small arts organizations work in poor and rural communities that lack cultural resources. Another category is Creative California Communities, in which nonprofit arts organizations use grant money to connect with neighborhoods in ways aimed at helping economic development or community cohesiveness. The third is an Artists in Schools program…. The increase still leaves California near the bottom in state funding of a government arts-grant agency…. The L.A. group Street Symphony Project will get $10,440 to partner this fall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale to give a series of free performances of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in county jails and skid row shelters, culminating in an outdoor performance downtown in late November…. Los Angeles Opera receives a $10,200 artists in schools grant for ‘Voices of Tolerance,’ which sends teaching artists into schools to develop their performing skills around themes of diversity and tolerance.”

Posted July 20, 2015