The City of West Hollywood announced the recipients of the 2023-2024 Arts Grant Program, totaling $211,000 for twenty new recipients and sixteen multi-year recipients who are all arts organizations and nonprofit artists based in the county of Los Angeles.
The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, has maintained an Arts Grants Program since 1997. The program provides financial support, through the Arts Grants Program, to eligible artists and nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance, or presentation of arts projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and serve the West Hollywood community.
The city received a total of 49 applications and $315,604 in funding requests from artists and nonprofit arts organizations proposing arts projects to take place in the city of West Hollywood in 2023. These requests represent a variety artistic disciplines and a wide range of excellent project proposals. Following peer review, the Performing Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee, and funding recommendations from the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the West Hollywood City Council approved the recommendations below on September 19, 2022.
The Arts Project Grant category supports the production, performance, or presentation of arts projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and serve the West Hollywood community. This is a two-year grant. The following nonprofit arts organizations are recipients of grants for 2023-2024: Brockus Project Dance Company, Grand Performances, International Eye Los Angeles, Mashup Contemporary Dance Company, Oasis Players, Pieter, Pride Poets, and Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund.
The Transgender Arts Initiative Grant category supports and enhances the presentation of artwork in West Hollywood by transgender artists, artist collectives or groups, and nonprofit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists. First initiated in 2013, this category of grants is the first to support works of art made by, for and about the transgender community. Last year, the City received 4 eligible applications; this year, 16 applications were received. The 2023 grant recipients in this category are: Celebration Theatre, Cleveland Wright Lopez, Drian Juarez, Lauren Woods and Marval A Rechsteiner.
The Community Arts Grant is intended to support non-profit arts organizations with a history of supporting BIPOC and/or female artists and audiences. Grant recipients in this category are: Age Inclusion in Media, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, Chicana Directors Initiative, and East West Players, Inc.
The WeHo Artist Fellowship aims to nurture and support the long-term development of an artist’s ideas by providing funds that increase the ability of artists to complete work, advance the conditions of creation, and navigate the complexities of artistic creation and career. The recipients of the 2023 West Hollywood Artist-in-Residence Fellowships are: Ignacio Darnaude, Sharmin Rahman and Steven Reigns.
In addition to these new scholarship recipients, the City continues to support its multi-year scholarship recipients in their second or third year of programming. Multi-year recipients are: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Greenway Arts Alliance, Helix Collective, Kontrapunktus Neo-Baroque Chamber Orchestra, LAXART, Look What She Did, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, ONE Archives, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Suarez Dance Theater , The New Arts Foundation, War Toys, Prism Comics, No Easy Props, Arts Bridging the Gap and Wordsville.
The Arts Grants Program is considered a central part of the arts and culture programs and services provided by the City of West Hollywood. Arts grants provide subsidized funding to artists and organizations so that ticket prices are free or more affordable to the public. In other cases, art scholarships provide opportunities for artistic development, helping to stimulate creativity and deepen cross-cultural understanding, while contributing to the quality of life that residents and visitors can enjoy in West Hollywood. . Funding provided through a grant ensures a fair and equitable review process and results in a reflection of the diversity contained among our residents.
Join City of West Hollywood Arts Division staff for the WeHo Artist Roundtable, Thursday, September 22, 2022 in the Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library. RSVP to https://bit.ly/WeHoArtistsRoundtable. The WeHo Artists’ Roundtable is a gathering of arts organizations, individual artists, arts and creative businesses, and community members committed to the artistic and cultural vitality of West Hollywood. This roundtable will feature a presentation by Greg Victoroff, Esq. center the topic of copyright issues for art creators.
The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing accessible arts programming to residents and visitors. The city offers a wide range of arts programs through its Arts Division, including: Art Away (temporary public art), arts grants for non-profit artists and arts organizations, the City Poet Laureate program, Free Theater in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Exhibits and Library Programming, Sounds of Summer/Sounds of Winter, Urban Art Program (permanent public art ), WeHo Reads and WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood Arts Grants Program, please visit www.weho.org/arts or contact City of West Hollywood Arts Division Grants Coordinator Eva Angeloff at (323) 848-6354 or [email protected]
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