California Arts Council

State of California

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August 11, 2011Mary Beth Barber

California Arts Council Announces 2010-2011 Creating Public Value Recipients

Grants will benefit communities throughout California

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council announces that 87 California arts organizations will receive Creating Public Value grants.  These organizations, representing 25 counties throughout California, submitted the strongest proposals to enrich their local communities through the arts.

The Creating Public Value Program seeks to promote the positive impact of the arts in the lives of all Californians by supporting small arts organizations in rural and underserved communities in which geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, or disability hinder access to the arts. A total of $773,163 of funds will be awarded.  

"These organizations provide outstanding opportunities in the arts for diverse groups of Californians" said Marilyn Nielsen, Interim Director of the California Arts Council. "We're pleased to have them represent the Creating Public Value program by bringing a wide variety of arts experiences to communities across California."

The applicants demonstrated how they plan to use funding to support new and expanded programs that will benefit the communities they serve.  These organizations address criteria known as "The Three R's:" Relationships (by building partnerships); Relevance (to the community by increasing public participation); and Return on Investment (by promoting the organization's social and economic impact). To view all 2010-2011 Creating Public Value recipients and their plans to positively impact their communities through the arts, see the list attached below.

Funding for this program comes in part from the sale of Arts License Plates, a specialty plate designed by renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud with a sunset and palm tree motif.  If there were a million Arts License Plates on California roadways, there would be $40 million for the arts. (More information is available at

For more information about the funded projects and Creating Public Value program, contact the California Arts Council's Information Officer Mary Beth Barber at (916) 322-6588, (916) 835-5580 (cell) or Additional information may be found on the California Arts Council's website at  

Recipients of 2010-2011 Creating Public Value Program Grants

3rd i South Asian Independent Film (San Francisco), to create new partnerships with Bay Area Asian and Muslim organizations; and to develop arts programs to increase South Asian immigrant audiences. $9,500

509 Cultural Center (San Francisco), to create a 4-story cultural complex, develop partnerships with multicultural arts presenters, expand programs, and work with the San Francisco's elected and appointed officials. $10,000

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose (San Jose), to strengthen their partnership with San Jose Taiko; stage a multi-media concert exploring Latino and Indian American immigration issues; and launch a new teacher-training program. $9,500

African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco), to develop free public events in conjunction with normal production program schedule through a new "ACTive Engagement Series." $8,900

ALICE: Arts and Literacy in Children's Education (Oakland), to create a radio project highlighting immigrant stories from over 400 oral history interviews. $8,000

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (San Francisco), to support partnerships with Asian arts organizations to present a music, dance, visual, and poetry showcase. $8,900

Association for the Advancement of Filipino-American Arts and Culture (Los Angeles), to continue a multi-media project which explores Filipino values and promotes democratic discourse. $8,900

API Cultural Center, Inc. (Oakland), to support outreach and development of arts programs serving LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. $8,900

Army of Lovers (San Francisco), to expand artistic programs benefitting gay men centered around issues of AIDS and body image. $8,900

Arts Council Napa Valley (Napa), to expand "Napa Valley Arts 2011,"  a program sponsoring diverse arts events; and to increase cultural tourism in partnership with the Napa Valley Destination Council. $9,500

Asian American Women Artists Association (San Francisco), to present and document a series of literary and performance events to be made available online through the Archives Project.  $8,900

AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), to bring lecture demonstrations and year-long dance classes to staff and constituents from seven disability organizations, culminating in a site-specific work. $10,000

Baulines Craft Guild (San Rafael), to develop a collaborative project to provide after-school arts and crafts classes to middle school students and adults. $8,000

Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco (San Francisco), to support art and music programs for underserved seniors in San Francisco. $8,900

CASA 0101, Inc. (Los Angeles), to expand educational arts programs and outreach to Los Angeles youth. $7,500

Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles), to produce and promote an exhibit about the impacts of corporate globalization. $8,000

Centro de Unidad Popular Benito Juarez, Inc. (Bakersfield), to organize a series of events featuring the traditions and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico. $8,000

City at Peace - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara), to help artists mentor teens in the creation of street performances. $7,500

Collage Dance Theater, Inc. (Los Angeles), to fund interdisciplinary community-based public performances held in three Los Angeles neighborhoods. $9,500

Company of Angels (Los Angeles), to expand theater and performance workshops for low-income housing residents. $8,900

Croatian Cultural Center of San Francisco (San Francisco), to support California-based Master artists in festivals featuring traditional Balkan art, music, dance, and culture. $9,500

Dell'Arte (Blue Lake), to support the Rural Residency Program bringing professional theatre to the communities of Orleans and Bridgeville in Humboldt and Trinity counties. $10,000

Door Dog Music Productions (San Francisco), to produce "Cultural Awareness through Music" concerts reaching K-12 students from schools with a large percentage of minority, immigrant and at risk youth populations. $9,500

El Teatro Campesino (San Juan Bautista), to expand and promote a series of plays; training and educational programs for local and statewide students; and a new interactive website. $9,900

El Teatro de la Tierra (Fresno), to produce De Canto y Camino/About Life and the Journey Part I, a new recording of songs by NEA National Heritage Fellow Agustin Lira. $10,000

Eldergivers (San Francisco), to fund art programs to allow low-income seniors in long-term care facilities in Alameda County to create then display their art in public venues. $8,900

Epiphany Productions (San Francisco), to bring free site-specific dance performances to audiences in culturally diverse neighborhoods along the K, L and M MUNI Lines. $10,000

Femina Potens (San Francisco), to build new partnerships and organizational capacity to support exhibition, literary, media arts, and community wellness programs. $8,900

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (San Jose), to promote increased K-12 student involvement in learning Chinese instruments and the Orchestra's work by distributing DVDs to schools. $10,000

First Night Monterey (Monterey), to expand art workshops, which promote non-violent solutions to community issues, in Soledad and King City. $7,500

Flyaway Productions (San Francisco), to support the "Women Campaign" and "Tending the City" performance series; and expand public participation and exposure through curbside conversations and a web video of the events. $9,500

Fresh Meat Productions (San Francisco), to partner with statewide groups serving transgender clientele; and to conduct a tour featuring the history of San Francisco's transgender community. $9,500

Friends of Lincoln Theater (Napa), to present Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan in concert to continue to increase engagement with the Latino community. $9,500

Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (Oakland), for a public exhibit which explores diverse African-American perspectives and black identities. $8,900

Galeria Studio 24 (San Francisco), to support programs which exhibit Native American arts, California social justice issues, and San Francisco's Mission District. $8,000

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Oakland), to bring Balinese arts, culture and philosophy to students and a broad community through artists residencies, community programs and web development. $8,900

Genryu Arts (San Francisco), to support organizational capacity and promote Japanese cultural arts through performances, residencies, and a community-based school.  $8,900

Golden Gate Opera (Sausalito), to bring "Beyond Opera" programs to children from 10 low income schools and to give advance enrichment CDs and DVDs to these schools. $7,500

Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), to develop and premier a play inspired by Islamic texts at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland to deepen relationships with the Muslim community. $9,500 

Great Leap, Inc. (Los Angeles), to fund a series of music videos about the negative impact of global climate change on Los Angeles's communities of color to arouse consciousness and action. $9,500

Highways, Inc. (Santa Monica), to support community engagement of Latino residents in surrounding neighborhoods through art, literature, and cultural programming. $8,000

Idris Ackamoor & Cultural Odyssey (San Francisco) to present free performances of The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, throughout the Bay Area. $9,500

Ink People, Inc (Humbolt), to develop a PSA campaign with youth groups and social service providers serving at-risk youth that articulates the value of the arts in their lives. $8,900

Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento (Sacramento), to fund free classes in Mexican dance, music and culture for young children and create a parent networking group. $9,500

Inyo Council for the Arts (Bishop), to expand the Millpond Music Festival by incorporating Native American and Latino arts and crafts, music, workshops, food, and storytelling. $10,000

Jagged Lines of Imagination Academy, Inc. (Stockton), to provide workshops to K-8 teachers to learn about creative uses of technology, art, and storytelling in the classroom. $5,340

JC Culture Foundation (Los Angeles), to support Chinese arts and culture after-school workshops for K-12 students. $7,500

Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (Los Angeles), to expand hip hop arts programming for at risk youth and enhance organizational leadership and outreach. $8,900

Kitka, Inc (Oakland), to produce and promote workshops and concerts for underserved Bulgarian, Russian, and Serb communities. $10,000

Khmer Arts Academy (Long Beach), to bring a Cambodian classical dance drama to Southern California and San Francisco Cambodian-American communities. $9,500

LA Commons (Los Angeles), to expand community-based arts and cultural projects with a festival exploring LA's diverse communities through docent-led tours. $10,000

LA Freewaves (Los Angeles), to commission artists' videos exploring LA county neighborhoods and present on screens in 2,200 LA Metro buses. $10,000

La Raza Galeria Posada (Sacramento), to expand programming including a Dia de los Muertos event and produce "Tradiciones Musicales de Mexico," and outdoor music concert.  $8,900

Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (Los Angeles), to offer writing and acting workshops to ex-offender women, culminating with a public performance. $7,500

Los Angeles Poverty Department (Los Angeles), to produce a festival to recognize and encourage creativity in the LA Skid Row neighborhood. $10,000

Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (San Pablo), to develop an online media project to reach and motivate youth through engaging social and cultural messages. $7,500

Manilatown Heritage Foundation (San Francisco), to present exhibits featuring Filipino comic book, graffiti, and tattoo art; to provide a forum for artists of different ethnicities through a quarterly poetry and music event. $8,900

Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. (Mariposa), to support "Rediscover American Art," a year-long program celebrating America's heritage through art and music to a rural community. $7,500

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (Mendocino), to expand year-round writing workshops serving at-risk families; participants' writings to be featured in publications and events. $8,900

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose), to commission and present "A Body Parted," a performance piece taking a human look at the immigration experience. $10,000

Music in the Mountains (Nevada City), to expand the Young Composers Program by designing new level-appropriate curricula and increasing student enrollment. $8,900

Playhouse 395 (Bishop), to support specially trained volunteers, manage resources, and compile a written operations manual for a local theater in a rural community. $8,000.

Playhouse Arts (Arcata), to fund a series of pageantry workshops culminating in outdoor performances. $10,000

Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) (San Diego), to fund after-school theater workshops for low income students with and without disabilities at two middle schools. $7,500

Pro Arts (Oakland), to fund artwork that explores new artistic genres through large scale installation and new media to be publicly exhibited. $9,500

Public Education Enrichment Fund (Nevada City), to achieve new partnerships with Nevada County artists and their audiences. $7,313

Purple Moon Dance Project (San Francisco), to expand a collaborative site-specific performance about pre- and post-internment Japanese-American communities and film a Southern California tour. $10,000

QCC - The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Art (San Francisco) to present original works addressing LGBT social justice issues through new partnership with 509 Cultural Center. $9,500

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (San Francisco), to support the creation and presentation of a film examining the lives of Asian Pacific Islander lesbians with children. $9,500

RADAR Productions (San Francisco), to support arts programming including a tour to underserved LGBT communities and a literature series in downtown San Francisco. $8,900

San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild (San Jose), for a new multicultural arts education program to increase literacy among low-income Latino youth; and expand cross-cultural participation in San Jose's Dia de los Muertos Celebration. $8,900

Santa Cecilia Opera and Orchestra (Los Angeles), to continue classical music concert series and educational programs for elementary schools in low-income LA neighborhoods.

Self Help Graphics & Art, Inc (Los Angeles), to expand Mobile Arts Programs by collaborating with community-based organizations through interactive arts instruction and programming.  $8,900

Sierra Repertory Theater, Inc (Tuolumne), to support the Audience Engagement Project, providing rural theater audiences improved services and opportunities to connect with artists. $8,000

Siskiyou Arts Council (Mount Shasta), to create an Arts Ambassador Program to connect with and develop relationships between the Council and their rural communities. $6,510

Southern CA Asian American Studies Center (Los Angeles), to support CONVERGENCES, a new exhibition during the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival through partnerships with filmmakers, curators, and community-based organizations. $8,900

South East European Film Festival (Los Angeles), to expand year-round events to develop a public voice for expatriates from South Eastern European countries. $9,500

Susanville Symphony Society (Susanville), to expand the Susanville Symphony Academy of Music in schools and other parts of this community. $8,000

Tahoe Arts Project (South Lake Tahoe), to expand participation in performing arts programs for K-12 students and public performances for residents and tourists. $7,500

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural Inc. (Los Angeles), to expand workshops and projects including music, visual arts, dance, theater, writing, indigenous philosophy and youth empowerment. $9,500

Virginia Avenue Project (Los Angeles), to support "One-on-One," a program which pairs a professional artist with a child to collaborate on and perform a play for the community. $8,900 

Watts Village Theater Company (Los Angeles), to develop plays (1) based on historical LA riots and rebellions (2) about Irish-Americans fighting in the Mexican-American War. $10,000

William James Association (Santa Cruz), to fund the production of Women Behind Walls, a play featuring previously incarcerated women, in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. $7,500

Women's Audio Mission (San Francisco), to record and distribute culturally diverse artists' traditional music through the "Preserving Culture" project. $9,500

Yolo County Arts Council (Woodland), to fund artist workshops, public lectures and performance art series for artists and the community. $10,000

Youth Orchestras of Fresno (Fresno), to fund the International Youth Orchestra Festival which hosts young musicians from around the world rehearsing with artist-teachers and culminating in a concert. $9,500

Zaccho S.F. (San Francisco), to produce a work exploring W.E.B. DuBois' concept of "double consciousness" for broader cross-cultural exchange and awareness of the identity duality experienced by many. $8,900

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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Karen Skelton, and Susan Steinhauser.

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