The arts are needed now more than ever, and the Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is pleased to announce the latest grant awards to artists and arts organizations serving greater Eastern Los Angeles County.
“Our community’s need for the arts has never been greater, and the EAI wants to continue supporting our local artists and arts organizations, especially during this critical time,” said Lupe Arriola, EAI Chair. “We look forward to enjoying the work of our grantees as we all move forward with making adjustments for furthering the arts, now and in the future.”
EAI grant-funding is focused on arts programming that brings sustainable arts initiatives to
“art-poor” neighborhoods, and that advances opportunities for working and new artists in Eastern
Los Angeles County, including Southeast LA and the San Gabriel Valley. This funding cycle, the EAI awarded grants to seven organizations ranging from $6,000 to $25,000 and totaling $81,500. The recipients are:
- Casa 0101-The Bronze Nightingale Development and Production: Explores the thriving jazz scene taking place in Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo post-War II. Count Basie broke the color barrier when he was the first African-American to play at the Paramount Ballroom in Boyle Heights in 1946. www.casa0101.org
- East West Players-Theatre for Youth-The Fantastic Kim Sisters Production in the Southeast: Follows the lives of America’s first K-Pop group, who made their career in the 1950s and 60s. Within the context of the Korean War, the production examines themes such as immigration, sexism, racism, fetishization of Asian women, and societal expectations. Includes standards-based study guide to help frame and explore the themes. www.eastwestplayers.org
- Los Angeles Poet Society-Word Up in the Southeast: Cultivates community-based writing on culture, community, and social justice; nurtures future and current writers; and provides space for expression and work to published. www.lapoetsociety.org
- Macha Theater Co/Films-The Nun and the Countess: Centers around Sor Juana Inez
de La Cruz, a 17th Century cloistered nun who defied society’s view of women at a time when women could only marry or become a nun. Story highlights where “we have been, where we are today, and where our future might be taking us.” www.machatheatre.org
- Maria Elena Yepes – El Circo Anahuac-An Aztec Opera, Continuing the Journey in the Southeast: Based on an Aztec legend and the Náhua origin myth of the twin volcanoes outside Mexico City, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl – with a surprising twist. Combining classical music, puppetry, movement, illusions, and choreography, blends the present with the fantastic, the real with the imagined, the historic with the mythical – challenging the imagination and fascinating people of all ages. A tragic/comedic tale of ancient Mesoamerica, displays the rich historic culture of the Nahuatl people, who populated the Americas from Oregon to Yucatan.
- Ruben Guevara-Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer in the Southeast: Based on excerpts from Guevara’s life memoir – an account of the trials of becoming a musician/doo wop singer, transforming into a Chicano Culture Sculptor, utilizing and promoting Chicano art and artists in its infancy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lqOVxYrDz8
- Women Who Submit: Free generative writing workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry; and submission strategies and resources. www.womenwhosubmitlit.org
EAI grant awards represent the EAI’s on-going commitment of serving as the only entity solely dedicated to funding and furthering the arts in the greater eastern Los Angeles County region.
A program of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza), the EAI has awarded $877,798 in grants funding to 67 arts programs since Fall 2015. Granting categories include: 1. Community Arts Programming; 2. Development of Artists and their Work; 3. Technical Support. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 for non-match grants; and $11,000 to $50,000 (for matching grants in categories 1 and 2). Category 3 are non-monetary grants offering training in grant-writing, capacity-building and fund development. Grantees are selected through an extensive review process.