Support the Fellowship for Visual Artist (FVA) Program

2022-23 FVA Fellows

Behind the beauty, emotion, or social commentary of any work of art is an artist. Since 1988, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has proudly supported the Fellowship for Visual Artists and provided more than $3 million in unrestricted funding to over 300 local artists. We invite you to support the FVA program and the unique ecosystem of talented artists in Los Angeles.

Why Invest in Artists?

With your support, you can provide stability and security to artists so they are able to pursue their art as a full-time career. Whether it allows an artist to pay for materials or working space, an investment in an FVA fellow is an investment in the rich arts culture of Los Angeles. Our artists must thrive if Los Angeles wants to remain one of the world’s great creative cities.

How Can I Support?

Donors interested in supporting the FVA program can contribute in the following ways:

Sponsor a Fellow

Provide funding criteria to CCF to sponsor an FVA fellow at $40,000. This is a unique opportunity to sponsor a fellow and support a specific art discipline, artist identity or community.

Become a Sustaining Member of the FVA Program

Provide general support at any amount to continue to strengthen the operations of the fellowship. With your support, you can provide stability and security to fellows so they can pursue their art full-time and access professional development opportunities.

Leave an Arts Legacy

Join CCF’s Arts Legacy Circle through a planned gift from your estate and enjoy acknowledgments on an ongoing basis in all FVA materials. Support the art disciplines, organizations, and programming you are most passionate about long into the future.

“The FVA has been life-changing for me, it not only funded my new ambitious project, but introduced me to an incredible group of LA artists, helped me think about how my paid work and my art practice might grow together, and most importantly offered me a sense of belonging to a community that values and nurtures the arts.”

At CCF, we believe Los Angeles is stronger and more vibrant when artists can pursue their passions. To learn more about how you can support the Fellowship for Visual Artists, please contact Erin Limlingan at elimlingan@calfund.org or 213-452-6285.

2022-23 FVA Fellows

Behind the beauty, emotion, or social commentary of any work of art is an artist. Since 1988, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has proudly supported the Fellowship for Visual Artists and provided more than $3 million in unrestricted funding to over 300 local artists. We invite you to support the FVA program and the unique ecosystem of talented artists in Los Angeles.

Why Invest in Artists?

With your support, you can provide stability and security to artists so they are able to pursue their art as a full-time career. Whether it allows an artist to pay for materials or working space, an investment in an FVA fellow is an investment in the rich arts culture of Los Angeles. Our artists must thrive if Los Angeles wants to remain one of the world’s great creative cities. 

How Can I Support?

Donors interested in supporting the FVA program can contribute in the following ways:

Sponsor a Fellow  

Provide funding criteria to CCF to sponsor an FVA fellow at $40,000. This is a unique opportunity to sponsor a fellow and support a specific art discipline, artist identity or community.  

Become a Sustaining Member of the FVA Program  

Provide general support at any amount to continue to strengthen the operations of the fellowship. With your support, you can provide stability and security to fellows so they can pursue their art full-time and access professional development opportunities.  

Leave an Arts Legacy   

Join CCF’s Arts Legacy Circle through a planned gift from your estate and enjoy acknowledgments on an ongoing basis in all FVA materials. Support the art disciplines, organizations, and programming you are most passionate about long into the future.  

“The FVA has been life-changing for me, it not only funded my new ambitious project, but introduced me to an incredible group of LA artists, helped me think about how my paid work and my art practice might grow together, and most importantly offered me a sense of belonging to a community that values and nurtures the arts.”

– Asher Hartman, 2022-23 FVA Fellow

 

At CCF, we believe Los Angeles is stronger and more vibrant when artists can pursue their passions. To learn more about how you can support the Fellowship for Visual Artists, please contact Erin Limlingan at elimlingan@calfund.org or 213-452-6285

Overview

The David Lee Foundation aims to support, enhance, and promote professional theater in Los Angeles County. It offers monetary grants to encourage high-quality productions of neglected plays and musicals that, because of financial considerations, are seldom, if ever, done. Grants are given to supplement cast sizes, set and costume budgets, orchestras, and rehearsal time. Although new work is occasionally considered, there is a strong emphasis on the vast canon of neglected works.

With ever increasing costs accompanied by decreasing aid to the arts, theater companies large and small are being forced to work with fewer and fewer resources. As a result, the live theater appears to be shrinking before our eyes. Few theaters can consider a play with over 4 actors and anything more than the most rudimentary of sets and costumes. More often than not we are greeted upon entering the theater with a bare stage, a chair, and a program that lists one or two actors. While this may well be artistically satisfying in some cases, it has resulted in the neglect of many great works simply because of their size. The David Lee Foundation (DFL) seeks to change that.

Established 501(c)(3) professional theaters/companies in Los Angeles County may apply for one production per grant cycle.

  • Only productions operating under Actors’ Equity Contract Agreements will be considered.
  • Booking houses or productions produced elsewhere will not be considered, nor will non-professional (community) theaters.
  • Workshops, rehearsals, transfers, remounting of previous stagings, and touring productions are not eligible.
  • Grants are awarded to assist individual productions, not to fully fund them.
  • Special consideration will be given to those who hire primarily local actors and creative teams.

Interested parties should check back in early April 2024 for instructions to apply for the foundation’s next grant cycle. Please direct any questions to:

Erin Limlingan
Donor Relations Officer
California Community Foundation
Email: elimlingan [@] calfund [.] org

There are two grant cycles:

  • Submissions must be made by May 1st for productions whose opening is the following September 1st or later.

  • Submissions must be made by October 1st for productions whose opening is the following January 1st or later.

Examples of previous grants:

  • A mid-sized theater wanted to produce KING CHARLES III but could not afford the large cast. The DFL provided funds for 10 additional actors’ contracts and expenses. The production would not have taken place otherwise.
  • A director for a small theater had a fresh take on A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE but because of recent changes to the 99-seat theater plan, they could only afford 4 actors rather than the 9 required. The DLF provided the funds to pay for 5 actors. The production would not have taken place otherwise.
  • A small theater wanted to produce a revival of LE LIASONS DANGEREUSES but found the cost of wigs and costumes prohibitive. The DLF provided a grant for those and the production went ahead.

David regularly directs and writes for major regional theaters, including the L.A. Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater CompanyPapermill Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Encores, Reprise and the Hollywood Bowl. A nine-time Emmy Award winning director, writer and producer for television, David was co-creator/director of “Wings” and “Frasier”, a writer and producer for “Cheers” and a director for “Everybody Loves Raymond.”  19 Emmy nominations, Directors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Producers Guild Award, Ovation Award, British Comedy Award, Television Critics Association Award (three times), the Humanitas Prize (twice) and the Peabody.

Overview

The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation was established at the California Community Foundation in 1994, named after Walt Disney’s housekeeper for 30 years. It provides support to projects or programs in Los Angeles County that focus on quality arts-based education enrichment activities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Howard had great faith in the Disney’s, who gave her a few shares of Walt Disney Company stock for holiday and birthday presents. She held on to every share and eventually became a wealthy woman. She passed away on June 10, 1994, just days before her 80th birthday. Through her will, it was her wish that a fund be designated for disadvantaged children.

Because of her generosity, the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants. CCF, with the help of an independent board of directors, administers the annual grants. During FY2010, the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation changed its open application process to an invitation-only process, in acknowledgment of its commitment to selected organizations.

The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation funds Los Angeles County arts-education programs (dance, instrumental and vocal music, visual arts and dramatic arts) serving children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Awards for up to $25,000 will be made to art programs that result in at least one of the following: improved artistic skills, improved academic skills, or improved attitude and/or behaviors toward school.

While the preliminary Letter of Interest process is open to all, full applications are by invitation only.

Grants will be awarded in 2024 to outstanding Los Angeles County arts-education programs (visual, performing and language arts) serving children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Awards will be made to art programs that result in at least one of the following:  improved artistic, or academic skills, and improved attitude and/or behaviors toward school.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be located in and serve Los Angeles County
  • Serve disadvantaged K through 8th grade students*
  • Be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code

The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation has distinct preferences for:

  • Programs that demonstrate meaningful and measurable results for participants
  • Organizations where professional artists lead the programming and instruction
  • Programs that have integration/relationships with the schools of participants
  • Organizations with strong operational records as well as those with a growing maturity in their work

*Only programs specific to students in the K-8th grade range will be considered for this grant opportunity.

The California Community Foundation uses the IRS’s Database to verify your organization’s nonprofit status, and in some cases will use GuideStar to download Forms 990 and Audited Financial Statements. Please make sure that your organization’s biographic and financial information is updated and current with the IRS as well as on GuideStar.

For the 2024 grantmaking cycle the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation has introduced a Letter of Interest process within the overall application review. The goal of the new process is for the committee to view prospective programs in advance and potentially allow more organizations to make an initial introduction.

This step will narrow the number of organizations invited to the full application, so that organizations completing the application are those with a more significant chance of receiving an award. We believe this will enhance capacity of our nonprofit partners to direct staff time toward fundraising that is most likely to result in funding, and we anticipate our LOI process will provide that opportunity.

LOI submissions will be accepted from Friday, December 1, 2023 through Friday, January 8, 2024
Deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday January 8, 2024

Organizations will be notified by the end of February 2024 regarding invitation to the full application.

[Application period will be in March 2024. LOI submissions invited to full application will receive further detail regarding next steps]

Access to the LOI is via our NonprofitConnect portal. The link below provides information on how to get started on the portal. https://www.calfund.org/wp-content/uploads/How-to-Register-on-Spectrum-Grant-Applicants.pdf

To begin, follow the link HERE and search/select the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation Letter of Interest
[The LOI will only be available at this link during the open period Dec. 1, 2023 – Jan 8, 2024]

Beautiful Friends and Extended Community,

June 12th, 2023 marks the fourth anniversary since a drunk driver took our precious Ruby and Hart from us. Since those horrific, earliest days we’ve been searching for the best way to honor their legacies of joy, empathy, and kindness through some form of lasting philanthropy. We’ve come to realize that many of their talents and interests, from Ruby’s art and short stories to Hart’s ridiculous improvised characters and love of acting, began in very early childhood with an activity that most of us take for granted: reading and being read to. Ruby and Hart’s full but far too short lives were profoundly enriched by stories and characters that fueled their imaginations and filled their hearts.

Since publishing her first childrens’ novel, Gail has had the privilege of working with Writers and Artists Across the Country, an incredible organization that brings authors of childrens’ literature into underserved schools across the nation. Authors give their time, and WAAC provides every child with their own copy of the author’s book. Gail has seen firsthand the excitement that her visits have brought, and the way students’ beautiful faces light up when they’re given their very own copy to take home. Your donations will go toward sending authors into underserved schools all over the country with giant boxes of books, each of which will contain a Ruby and Hart Foundation bookplate. Students will be able to experience the joy of writing their name in their very own book.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 dollars so The Ruby and Hart Foundation can become a fully endowed fund that can meaningfully contribute to WAAC and organizations like it in perpetuity. We’re doing this under the umbrella of the California Community Fund. Please help us fulfill this ambitious and meaningful goal by giving generously. All details as to how to make fully tax-deductible contributions and learn how WAAC fulfills their extraordinary mission can be found below.

With love and gratitude, Gail & Colin

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for The Ruby & Hart Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

In Support Of
Ocean Conservation, Music and Military/Veterans

Robert K. Wrede, Esq. (Bob to friends and Rob to family) was passionate about music, the ocean and veterans. He reveled in telling stories about attending the Metropolitan Opera as a boy and knew the libretto of every major work. He surfed, kayaked and dove the majority of his life and continued boogie boarding until his early 70s. Rob was committed to veterans’ causes. He was a Captain in the Army, 82nd Airborne, graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and attended Cornell Law School as a veteran.

Rob had exceptional oratory skills and thrived in his chosen career as a trial attorney representing international corporations, professionals, actors and entertainment executives with zeal. His deep, robust voice and physique made him a force to reckon with in the courtroom.

Later in his career Rob shifted from “warrior” to “peacemaker.” He was awarded the first Master In Laws degree (L.L.M.) at the prestigious Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School where he was an adjunct professor. As he grew older and wiser, he found he was extremely adept at resolving matters via mediation and reconciliation. It was not unusual for him to arrive home and report that the plaintiff and defendant were hugging one another at the end of the day.

Rob is survived by his wife Ranlyn Tilley Hill Wrede and their children Kendrick Randolph Wrede and Kendlyn Mercedes Wrede; and his adult children Christian Kendrick Wrede (Jason Szabo) and Suzanne Wrede, their mother Joan De Flumeri Wrede and his and Joan’s grandson Bastian Wrede. Rob believed each of his family members to be extraordinary. He was openly proud of them.

Robert Kendrick Wrede, aged 83, passed on June 24, 2023 as the sounds of classical music and opera hung suspended in the air.

Contributions will support Ocean Conservation, Music and Veterans in the places he lived, had friends, and returned to again and again. (Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Marin County, Ithaca and Sun Valley).

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Robert K. Wrede Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

West Coast Ensemble Theatre

Over the course of its 30-year history, West Coast Ensemble Theatre fulfilled its mission to produce high-quality intimate theatre that addressed the social, artistic and cultural needs of the diverse Hollywood community, while providing an arena for the development of theatre artists and new works through performance opportunities, training and workshops.

Founded in 1981 by Les Hanson, West Coast Ensemble Theatre began in a storefront as a company of 20 actors, and grew to become a vibrant theatre institution with over 200 theatre artists.  Over its 30-year history, West Coast Ensemble presented over 250 plays and musicals, including world, west coast and Los Angeles premieres. Highlight productions include Gemini, Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks, For Colored Girls …, The Neil Simon Trilogy, Playboy Of The West Indies, Equus, The Manchurian Candidate, Kimchee and Chitlins, Unidentified Human Remains …, The Mandrake, Eleemosynary, Company, Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, Sunday In The Park With George, Two Gentlemen of Corona, Floyd Collins, Zanna Don’t, Assassins, Big The Musical, Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, and Gypsy.

Major awards include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for Outstanding and Ongoing Contribution to Theater, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Charlie Award for Ongoing Contributions to Hollywood, four L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Awards,10 NAACP Awards, countless L.A. Weekly, and BackStage West awards and the prestigious Jonathan Larson Foundation Award in support of original musical development.

In addition to its reputation as one of Los Angeles’ pre-eminent 99-seat theaters, West Coast Ensemble Theatre provided a foundation of integrity and generosity for hundreds of actors, playwrights, directors, designers and technicians. Through the tireless efforts of its Founding Artistic Director, Les Hanson, West Coast Ensemble created a unique artistic environment for its artists.  This legacy remains an important part of the lives and hearts of all the artists fortunate enough to call West Coast Ensemble home.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is earmarked for the West Coast Ensemble Theatre Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) promotes understanding and compassion among people through the innovative use of dance and theater.

Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, Joe Goode (he/they), the company explores three main pillars of programming, including: (1) creating and presenting new dance-theater works, (2) expanding movement education and community engagement to all people and (3) managing the Joe Goode Annex, a studio theater located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.

In Goode’s words, “I want to make “human scale” dances.  By human in scale, I mean placing the emphasis on the unglamorized body, the body in more intimate moments, when it is fallible or agitated or inept.  My intent is not to create merely pedestrian movement, but to make dynamic movement that is a combination of gesture and partnering.  I am equally interested in the texture of the human voice and the effect it has on movement.  Since my early days as a choreographer, I have been trying to forge some territory where dance and language/sound could co-exist…  I want to liberate the dancer from their silence and create a total theater that is rigorously crafted but intimately personal.”

Goode’s performance-installation works have been commissioned by the Fowler Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Krannert Art Museum, the Capp Street Project, the M.H. de Young Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His dance theater work has been commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company and Dance Alloy Theater, among others. Goode and his work have been recognized by numerous awards for excellence including the American Council on the Arts, the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) and Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies).

Longtime supporters, John Sander and Patti White recently approached the company to make a substantial, institutional donation – cementing JGPG’s legacy and sustainability over the long-term.  As a result, the “J. Sander and P. White Endowment for Joe Goode Performance Group Agency Fund” was born.

This significant investment enables the company to continue developing ambitious and meaningful performances in public spaces throughout California, as well as at the Joe Goode Annex.  Moreover, the funds support livable wages and benefits for its dancers, collaborating artists, production members and staff who help make the work possible.

JGPG’s work is based on the values of centering artmakers who represent communities that have been historically marginalized and sidelined, including LGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices, as well as communities with disabilities.  We invite you to support the fund with a matching gift to help ensure JGPG’s groundbreaking and consequential work continues to benefit California communities for the next 35 years and beyond…

Joe Goode Performance Group logo (JGPG)

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Joe Goode Performance Group.

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Chado North America Program Fund

Chado – the Way of Tea is characterized as the very essence of Japanese culture encompassing various artistic disciplines including ceramics, architecture, garden design, and literature, as well as the spiritual practices that go into the formation of one’s character. This Japanese tradition, based on the principles of “harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility”, was established as an aesthetic and spiritual “path” originated more than 400 years ago by the tea master Sen no Rikyu.

The Chado North America Program Fund is dedicated to supporting programs that celebrate various aspects of this rich cultural tradition and to continuing the international mission begun in 1951 by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, fifteenth generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Chado Tradition of sharing the ideals of Chado with the people of the world.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Chado North America Program Fund.

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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