Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, Calif., The California Community Foundation (CCF) announced today a $20 million transformative gift from MacKenzie Scott, author, advocate and philanthropist, which will be used to sustain and strengthen the Los Angeles region’s arts ecosystem through the creation of the LA Arts Endowment Fund.

The Endowment will support small to mid-sized organizations that play vital roles in their communities. The creation of the Endowment is about ensuring the long-term sustainability of nonprofit arts organizations by strengthening the infrastructure of the arts in Los Angeles County for the future.

“We applaud and are grateful to MacKenzie Scott for investing in our community’s cultural and arts organizations,” said Antonia Hernandez, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. This gift recognizes CCF for being a longstanding supporter of the arts in Los Angeles County. The LA Arts Endowment Fund emphasizes our commitment to the long-term well-being of the arts not just for today, but beyond.”

Los Angeles County has one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the nation, with a creative economy that generates more than $203 billion annually. The pandemic magnified pre-existing financial and structural challenges experienced by arts nonprofits. On average, arts organizations hold fewer than four months of operating cash reserves.

In response to the toll that the pandemic has had on the arts, CCF joined more than a dozen foundations in creating the LA Arts Recovery Fund earlier this year.  The Fund is a collaboration of local and national philanthropy and one of the largest-ever pooled private investments for arts in Los Angeles County. It is designed to sustain community organizations, promote cultural and economic recovery, restore community health and well-being, and reaffirm the centrality of the arts in Los Angeles.

The Fund has already awarded 90 nonprofit organizations more than $36 million in grants for post-pandemic rebuilding. The grants will provide operating support over a period of two to three years ensuring that these critical community organizations can begin the recovery process and re-envision their futures.

The Endowment will allow CCF’s commitment to the arts to extend beyond our ability to simply meet this moment through the important work of the Fund, by the creation of a permanent fund that will be able to address long-term systemic solutions for arts organizations in Los Angeles for years to come.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Paula Valle Castañon at pvalle [@] calfund [.] org or 213.452.6233

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The California Community Foundation (CCF) has served as a public, charitable organization for Los Angeles County since 1915. Its mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. CCF stewards $1.8 billion in assets and manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, please visit staging5.calfund.org.

For more information about the LA Arts Endowment Fund please visit LA Arts Endowment Fund.

 

The Fund will provide critical recovery support to small and mid-sized organizations that contribute to the region’s cultural fabric, with an emphasis on Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts and culture organizations

May 20, 2021 (Los Angeles, California)—The LA Arts Recovery Fund announced today the 90 nonprofit organizations to receive more than $36M in grants for post-pandemic rebuilding. Grant recipients span visual arts, theater, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education and serve communities throughout Los Angeles County. The Fund will provide operating support grants, ranging from $5,000 to $2 million over a period of two to three years, to small and mid-sized arts and culture nonprofits, ensuring that these critical community organizations can begin the recovery process and re-envision their futures.

Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by the California Community Foundation, the Fund is a collaboration of local and national funders and is the largest-ever pooled private investment for arts across Los Angeles County. The Fund was conceived to sustain community organizations and promote economic recovery, restore community health and wellbeing, and reaffirm the centrality of the arts in Los Angeles. Early partners include The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, LA County Department of Arts and Culture and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The traumatic events of the past year necessitated us to focus on the present and adapt to survive. But they also gave us the opportunity to pause and reflect, to reimagine our futures—ideal worlds built on shared values of equity and justice,” said Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications Media, one of the recipients of the Fund. “Support from the LA Arts Recovery Fund is a catalyst for Visual Communications Media to reignite our work of rebuilding towards our shared future.” Visual Communications Media supports the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists that empower communities and challenge perspectives.

Also among the Fund’s recipients is 18th Streets Arts Center, the largest artist residency program in Southern California. Executive Director, Jan Williamson, said of receiving the grant: “18th Street Arts Center recognizes the capacity of artmaking to transform and reimagine our communities. This award from the LA Arts Recovery Fund is transformative. Not only will it impact the lives of over 100 contemporary artists during the grant period but generations more in the decades to come. It will allow us to enhance our artist-in-residence experience and significantly expand our work with diverse community partners.”

Emmanuel Deleage, Executive Director of Fund recipient Casa 0101 Theater, said: “The LA Arts Recovery Fund is a gift from the universe. Casa 0101 has always sought to use arts as a way of healing—as a way of telling the stories that were not being told elsewhere, about uplifting and creating visibility in the Latino community. The LA Arts Recovery fund has taken a bold step to help Casa 0101 achieve its mission.” Casa 0101 Theater is dedicated to providing theater performances, art exhibits, and educational programs in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.

The Fund’s guiding principles include dedication to organizations that have been historically under-represented and underfunded and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. More than 70% of the Fund’s 90 grantees are founded, led by, or have boards with a member majority from diverse communities.

In alignment with these principles, the Fund includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation’s America’s Cultural Treasures Regional Initiative, designed to recognize Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations that have made a significant impact on America’s cultural landscape, despite historically limited resources. The initiative seeks to acknowledge and honor the diversity of artistic expression in the United States.

Ben Guillory, Co-Founder, CEO, and Producing Artistic Director of the Robey Theatre Company, said of receiving the regional America’s Cultural Treasure designation:This financial commitment by the Ford Foundation and the funding partners is a considerable investment in our mission to produce plays by and about the Black experience and to preserve the Black theatrical canon for generations to come. It will make a world of difference as we navigate reopening and the shifting socio-economic landscape in Los Angeles post-pandemic. We are truly grateful.”

The Fund represents an unprecedented collaboration between Los Angeles-based and national philanthropic organizations, with support from more than a dozen local and national funders. With a fundraising goal of $50M, the Fund anticipates pending and new contributions to be allocated toward additional grant funding, including technical assistance and capacity-building support to strengthen and revitalize the local arts sector.

Antonia Hernandez, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation, said: “We are proud to recognize this esteemed roster of 90 nonprofit grantees, exemplifying the breadth and depth of the arts in Los Angeles. Public and private institutions, community members, and philanthropists have come together to support these organizations in recognition of the diversity, innovation, and collaboration that sets Los Angeles arts apart nationally and worldwide. It is our hope that the LA Arts Recovery Fund will help create a more equitable and inclusive culture sector and serve as a building block toward a more resilient economy and vital future.”

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.

A Community Review Panel engaged the collective expertise of more than 50 panelists with deep knowledge of the Los Angeles arts sector to incorporate valuable community input and insights into the robust review process.

 

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Notes to Editors

About the California Community Foundation (CCF) 

The California Community Fund (CCF) has served as a public, charitable organization for Los Angeles County since 1915. Its mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. CCF manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies.

For more information about supporting the LA Arts Recovery Fund, please contact laarts@staging5.calfund.org at CCF.

Media Contacts:

Yun Lee / FITZ & CO / ylee@fitzandco.art / +1 (646) 589-0920

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New York Times

LOS ANGELES – The California Community Foundation (CCF) released the following statement from President and CEO Antonia Hernandez on the recent verdict in the George Floyd murder trial that took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“Our justice system has prevailed today. We hope that the jury’s decision regarding the murder of George Floyd is the first step in bringing his family peace and closure and helps them and our country begin to heal. This is an opportunity to create a new legacy of equity and justice.

“At CCF we will continue to advocate for new approaches that move away from the policing and criminalization of Black and Brown people towards more equity-centered public safety solutions. We remain committed to investing in systemic change which addresses the root causes of racism and disinvestment, which have disproportionately impacted Black communities. We know that inequalities in education, health, civil rights and housing require investment in the capacity of people and communities in order to bring about real change.

“The wound of systemic racism scars all of us. Through programs such as BLOOM, the Black Empowerment Fund, and the Ready to Rise initiative, our funding and resources can have an impact by eliminating the criminalization of entire communities, especially boys and men of color, while building leaders.

“CCF is ready to continue to work with our leaders and community to invest and empower individuals and organizations that are developing responsive solutions, which includes funding, convening and advocating for fundamental changes.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

Paula Valle Castañon at pvalle [@] calfund [.] org or 213.452.6233

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The California Community Foundation (CCF) has served as a public, charitable organization for Los Angeles County since 1915. Its mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. CCF manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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