LA County Department of Arts and Culture announces over $4.5 million for local arts organizations

Oshogatsu 2020 event at the Japanese American National Museum, one of 227 local arts organizations that have received grants from the LA County Department of Arts and Culture. (JK YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

To support local nonprofit arts organizations and the communities they serve, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture ( on July 21 announced $4.518 million dollars in grants through its Organizational Grants Program (OGP).

The awards provide two-year grants to 227 organizations.

OGP is Los Angeles County’s longest-running arts grants program, providing funding to the diverse ecosystem of nonprofit arts organizations that vary in size, budget and discipline – from arts education to theater, to music and dance, through visuals, media and literature. arts. Beneficiaries in this cycle are located and provide services throughout the county, and many have deep, culturally rooted ties to their communities.

The program also addresses systemic inequalities in arts funding. Over 80% of recipients have budgets under $1 million. These low- and micro-budget organizations are often chronically underfunded and include those that reflect and serve historically marginalized communities of color and rural communities.

Prices range from $900 to $112,000 this year, depending on the needs and size of the organization. Funds can be used to meet a number of current critical needs, from staffing and organizational infrastructure to programs for the public. OGP Fellows can also access the Department of Arts and Culture’s list of professional development opportunities – in-house designed programs, as well as fellowships for training and conferences.

“The Organizational Grants Program has supported nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles County since the 1990s, and today the nonprofit sector that OGP helped build is a crucial part of the Los Angeles County’s arts and cultural infrastructure and creative economy,” the Los Angeles County Board of Directors said. Supervisors President Holly J. Mitchell. “These grants support our arts organizations in the short term, during a very difficult time. But they also have a long-term effect, strengthening our artistic and cultural ecosystem which, when strong and inclusive, brings resources to barely reached communities and direct access to quality artistic activities and programming.

“We know that arts and cultural resources have a positive impact on health and well-being, economic opportunity, neighborhood resilience, civic engagement and youth development,” said Department Director Kristin Sakoda. of Los Angeles County Arts and Culture. “Investing in the arts is investing in our communities, and the Organizational Grants Program is a key delivery mechanism for these high-return investments – all the more important as the arts sector prepares to recover. of the pandemic and to a more equitable and sustainable future.

“In addition to a range of artistic disciplines and cultural venues, geographies and budget sizes, our OGP grantees represent, reflect and manage LA County’s diverse artists, art forms, cultural heritage and perspectives. I’m also thrilled that 14% of recipients are first-time recipients! The program’s effectiveness in increasing cultural equity and inclusion cannot be underestimated.

“The thing I’m most proud of is OGP’s fair reach. It supports hundreds of organizations across the county – from low-budget local organizations with annual operating budgets under $20,000 to major cultural institutions, and everyone in between,” said Eric Eisenberg, President. of the Arts Commission, the arts advisory body of the Supervisory Board. . “Recipients have offices or community and cultural spaces in LA County’s 88 cities and five supervisory districts. With this kind of range, we are able to increase the vitality of the whole local artistic landscape.

Testimonials from OGP grantees

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture for our poetry workshops and youth outreach programs in the schools and streets of Los Angeles, especially during this time of dynamic transformation as that we are securing a site for our future Street Poets Center. for community, culture and well-being and to put down more lasting roots here in the city we have served for 25 years. — Chris Henrikson, Founder and Executive Director, Street Poets

“This grant will provide free online expressive arts sessions and training program scholarships. In this time of growing need, our healing-focused programming is essential for underresourced communities, students, and professionals living and working throughout Los Angeles County. — Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founder and Director, UCLArts & Healing

“The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture’s Organizational Grants Program enables us to create virtual and in-person public programs that inspire, educate, and help promote understanding and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity. of America by sharing the Japanese American experience. This grant helps the public stay connected to the larger Japanese-American experience and supports our mission. Through our Natsumatsuri and Oshogatsu family festivals, as well as workshops that dive deep into our exhibits and community partnerships, we empower audiences to share the hard-won lessons of this history, to create a fairer America and a better world. . — Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, National Japanese American Museum

“The past two years have taught us that the only way to overcome future crises is to work together. This is a pivotal time to support nonprofit organizations and the community networks they help build, nurture and nurture. The Organizational Grants program will support the work of the GR818ERS, a collective of artists, athletes, and activists using their knowledge and expertise to empower youth and uplift communities. Our headquarters, the UNITE Cultural Center, will serve as a cultural hub to house the program’s efforts, including after-school programs, workshops, community events, and an internship program aimed at building the creative workforce. With support from the Department of Arts and Culture, AWOKE aims to sustain the nurturing social ecosystem grounded in culture, creativity, and service that has been fostered by the program’s efforts. — Pierre Ivan Arreola, Executive Director, AWOKE and Co-Founder, The GR818ERS

“The Museum of Latin American Art is honored to receive funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture for its continued support of MOLAA’s cultural and educational programming. Our responsibility to represent and provide a safe space for all of our cultural complexity to be shared, understood and appreciated by a wider audience is intrinsic to maintaining our institutional mission and the greater benefit of our community. — Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph.D., President and CEO, Museum of Latin American Art

“Thank you to the LA County Department of Arts and Culture for supporting Film Independent. This grant will help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of our artist development programs, all of which began with the Project Involve programs’ commitment to supporting emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented in filmmaking. We are so grateful to LA County for its many years of support in our continued struggle to build a more inclusive and equitable industry. — Kate Walker D’Angelo, Senior Director of Development, Film Independent

In addition to JANM, grant recipients from the AAPI community include Daroo Korean Performing Arts and Culture, Filipino Ameican Symphony Orchestra, Great Leap Inc., Japanese Culture and Traditions Inc. (Downey), LA Daiku Association Inc., and TaikoProject.

See the full list here:

OGP Background and Review Process

Since 1947, the Department of Arts and Culture (formerly the LA County Arts Commission) has provided funding to LA County arts organizations to expand community access to the arts. The OGP program is now the flagship grant program for public sector organizations for the region. In addition to direct funding, OGP grantees benefit from professional development and training opportunities, ranging from cultural and racial equity workshops to grant writing and human resources.

Of the 227 2022-23 OGP grant recipients — located in 37 of the county’s 88 municipalities — 14% are receiving this funding for the first time.

Applications for the OGP program were reviewed and scored by 75 diverse expert panelists from the strong community of cultural workers, artists, curators, non-profit arts administrators, arts funders and arts educators. the Los Angeles area. Award recommendations were reviewed by the Arts Commission, the arts advisory body that serves the Board of Trustees, and then approved by the Board.


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