California Arts Council

State of California

Local Impact

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Program Description

The Local Impact (LI) program provides support for community-driven arts project for small and mid- sized arts organizations. This program fosters equity, access and opportunity for historically marginalized communities by cultivating community participation in art making, learning and exposure.

Local Impact supports projects that provide access to arts participation and/or representation of and by the community identified in the application. Historically marginalized communities may include but are not limited to: specific ethnic and tribal groups, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, low-income and rural communities, or immigrants and refugees.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, local arts agency, or arts-based unit of government with a history of arts programming for a minimum of two years prior to the time of application with an annual arts budget of $1M or less.
  • Use of fiscal sponsors is allowed in this program.

Projects primarily serving children up to age 18 (PreK-12) cannot apply to Artists in Communities. Refer to Arts Education on how to seek support for these projects.

Program Goals

Cultivate community participation in art making, learning and exposure by activating community participants to develop and express their own creative and artistic abilities, supporting multigenerational and lifelong arts learning opportunities, and invoking communities to create cultural works such as exhibitions, festivals, screenings, and productions that are reflective of and responsive to the community.
Celebrate local artists, ethnic identity, social, political and/or culturally specific traditions and expressions. Invoke communities to create cultural works such as exhibitions, festivals, screenings, and productions that are reflective of and responsive to the community.
Utilize artists and creative projects to address specific community needs, encourage individuals to be active in shaping community life, or foster shared understanding between people. Include artist residencies characterized by deep community interaction and artistic processes that are informed by that interaction. Embed arts activities in community spaces or organizations such as libraries, parks, senior centers, teen centers, cultural centers, or hospitals.

 

 

Staff Contact
J. Andrea Porras
Arts Program Specialist
andrea.porras@arts.ca.gov
(916) 322-6395

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dates

Guidelines & Application Available:
December 12, 2017
Application Deadline:
March 8, 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 30, 2018 - June 29, 2019