Los Angeles County’s Department of Arts and Culture has announced a total of $1.2 million in grants to assist 40 arts organizations and artists as they continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each of the 40 organizations will receive $30,000 in LA County Performing Arts Recovery Grants. County officials said the grants can be used for the “creation, documentation, and presentation of new or existing artistic work, including dance, music, theater, and folk and traditional arts.”
Among the grant recipients is the Theatre Workers Project, to support the production of a film based on poetry and prose written by men who participated in a theater program at the California State Prison in Lancaster during the fall of 2022.
“Dance, theater, music, and performance-makers of every genre engage our humanity through the embodied live arts,” Kristin Sakoda, director of the Department of Arts and Culture, said in a statement. “These artists, creative producers, collaborators, and arts organizations also play a vital role in our arts ecology and our local economy, yet they’ve been hard hit by the pandemic. This grant will stimulate activity and address key needs we heard from the field — by providing flexible funding that can be used to create, document, and present artistic work, access venues and rehearsal spaces, pay artist fees and living wages, utilize media and technology, amplify underrepresented voices, and engage audiences.”
A complete list of grant recipients is available online at https://www.lacountyarts.org/sites/default/files/2023-08/23LACPARG-Grantees_20230831.pdf.