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LA Plaza Receives $1.2 Million Dollar Grant From LA Arts Recovery Fund

The LA Arts Recovery Fund, initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by the California Community Foundation, announced a $1.2 million grant to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes that will enable the downtown Los Angeles museum and cultural center to expand its programming, exhibition and educational initiatives and develop long-delayed capital improvement projects.

LA Plaza is one of 90 nonprofit grant recipients—spanning visual arts, theater, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education—all demonstrating exceptional regional or local significance. A total of $36.1 Million was raised for post-pandemic rebuilding to these small to mid-sized cultural organizations. Ranging from $5,000 to $2 million over a period of two to three years, the grants will ensure that recipients can sustain vital contributions to their communities and recover and re-envision their futures.

“LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes extends its sincere gratitude to the LA Arts Recovery Fund for this transformative, game-changing commitment of support to our mission of celebrating and preserving Latina/Latino art and culture in Los Angeles,” said John Echeveste, CEO of LA Plaza. “We are especially pleased that the Fund has demonstrated its support of our fellow small and ethnic-based arts institutions in Los Angeles, which have been particularly hard-hit during the pandemic. They are the very fabric of LA’s diverse cultural vibrancy. A very special thanks to the Getty for leading the initiative to establish this monumental recovery fund.”

The Fund is a collaboration of local and national philanthropy and is the largest-ever pooled private investment for arts in Los Angeles County. The Fund is designed to sustain community organizations, promote cultural and economic recovery, and restore community health and wellbeing. Early partners include The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major contributors to the fund include J. Paul Getty Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Jerry and Terri Kohl, The Ahmanson Foundation, Perenchio Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, Robert Lovelace and Alicia Miñana, Snap Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Global Relief Fund, Ford Theatre Foundation and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and The Weingart Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Getty Patron Program & Getty Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Netflix, and Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation.