Arts Council Announces 2014-15 Grantees

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The Arts Council for Long Beach is proud to announce the 25 artists and arts organizations funded through the annual grant programs for 2014-2015. Generously supported through the City of Long Beach’s allocation for the arts, these artists and arts organizations represent the diversity and vibrancy of our city and artists. All grantees were selected by an independent review panel that consisted of community members and arts professionals. The annual grant categories include: Operating Grants, Professional Artist Fellowships, and Community Project Grants.

Executive Director, Victoria Bryan said, “We are so pleased that this year our grants not only showcase the diversity of the arts in our city, but reach all 9 council districts. Our grants programs are one of the many ways that the Arts Council supports art and artists in our city. We look forward to continuing to promote these artists, organizations, and opportunities for the whole community to participate in the arts.”

Operating Grants provide unrestricted, operating support to Long Beach-based arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to collect, preserve, present, and/or commission exemplary works of art (e.g. visual art exhibitions, theatre, dance, and/or musical performances). Works of art must be of regional significance, for the benefit of the general public, and provide educational opportunities that enable audiences to better understand and appreciate the arts. This year the Arts Council for Long Beach funded the following organizations: Arts and Services for Disabled, International City Theatre, Khmer Arts Academy, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Latin American Art, and Musical Theatre West.

The Professional Artist Fellowship honors a selection of Long Beach’s living artists. These awards recognize Long Beach artists who live, work, or actively create in Long Beach and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least 3 years. Awards are granted based on artistic merit and professional achievement. The following artists were named Professional Artist Fellows for 2014-2015: Yulya Dukhovny, Pamela K. Johnson, Olga Lah, Carole Frances Lung, and Sunny Nash.

The Community Project Grant program supports the exemplary artistic, cultural, and arts educational projects of arts and cultural organizations in Long Beach. Through Community Project Grant programs, the Arts Council for Long Beach encourages innovative, creative, and unique programming and supports cultural projects that meet diverse community needs. The following organizations were awarded Community Project Grants in 2014-2015: Cambodia Town Culture Festival, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Garage Theatre, Hmong Association of Long Beach, Homeland Cultural Center, Jazz Angels, Khmer Girls in Action, Long Beach Camerata Singers, Long Beach Community Band, South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, and University Art Museum.

In addition to the annual grant programs, the Arts Council for Long Beach also announced the Arts Education Enrichment Grants. Through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Fourth District, Arts Education Enrichment Grants provide financial support to Long Beach Unified School District students for arts education experiences. Director of Arts Learning, Kylee Yocky says, “The Arts Council for Long Beach is extremely proud to partner with LBUSD on this grant. Due to this program, over 4000 students were able to participate in an arts activity and extend their learning outside of the classroom and into the Long Beach community this year.” The schools selected to receive Arts Education Enrichment Grants include: Emerson Parkside Academy, Gompers K-8, Grant Elementary, Twain Elementary, Tincher Preparatory, Powell Academy, Marshall Academy of the Arts (2 awards), Millikan High School, Lakewood High School, and McBride High School.

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