Arts Council accepting grant applications from local artists

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artists grants long beach arts councilThe Arts Council for Long Beach has launched its 2010-2011 Grants Programs and is now accepting grant applications from local organizations and artists.

“We believe great cities deserve great art,” said Craig Watson, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach.   “Our local arts groups and artists bring great art and performances to our neighborhoods, our schools and community and this grant program is a community investment to insure they continue.”

Last year, the Arts Council for Long Beach awarded 32 grants to local organizations and professional artists, including:

  • Musical Theatre West’s Youth Cultural Enrichment Program, which brings musical theatre performances and workshops to students in local schools;
  • The Jazz Angels, a city-wide youth jazz performance and education program that provides jazz music performance assemblies for thousands of middle-school children in every council district of Long Beach;
  • Bethune Theatredanse, a participatory dance instruction program for youth with special needs and youth who live at or below the poverty line;
  • Arts and Services for the Disabled, which provides radio production training, music therapy and art workshops for at-risk and developmentally disabled youth in local schools.

The Arts Council for Long Beach provides grants that foster a vibrant arts community, generate enjoyment and civic pride for local residents and visitors, stimulate the local economy, and promote an understanding and appreciation for our diversity.

Grant applications are due April 30.  All new applicants are required to attend a Grants Workshop.  Letters of Intent to Apply for new applicants of Community Project Grants and Operating Grants are due April 9. Grantees will be selected through a professional panel review process occurring this summer.

Arts Council for Long Beach grant funds are made possible by support from the City of Long Beach.  Each year, the size of the grant program is contingent on the City’s annual budget process.

For more information for new applicants or to apply, contact the Arts Council for Long Beach at (562) 570-1930 or visit

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