Living Cultures Grants Program


Kumu Betty Ann Bruno was one of many culture bearers to participate in the second annual Kapil’I Polynesian workshops organized in Berkeley by the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, a 2015 Living Cultures awardee. Photo: Craig ScheinerThe Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.


How does my organization apply?

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Living Cultures Grants Program Guidelines & Application
POSTMARK DEADLINE: July 15, 2016

Programa de Culturas Vivas
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FECHA LÍMITE: Julio 15, 2016

 

What We Fund — Pathways to nurture, sustain, and engage participation in traditional arts

Cultural continuity of traditional art forms practices

• Workshops and gatherings (for example, events that bring together artists, cultural specialists or community leaders to share skills & information, or to engage in discussion and problem solving)

• Conservation, creation, or acquisition of important traditional arts items

• Intergenerational classes or other educational programs within a community (after school youth programs, dance ensemble classes or practices, summer programs, etc.)

• Other kinds of mentorships with culture bearers, honoraria, travel costs within CA, etc. (intensive one-on-one artistic mentorships should apply to the Apprenticeship Program rather than the Living Cultures Grants Program)

• Endangered language conservation and revitalization projects when carried out within the context of traditional art forms

• Other types of activities and projects that lead to cultural continuity of traditional arts practices

Sustaining future traditional arts practices with needed purchases, services, or acquiring new skills

• Equipment and materials purchases (instruments, media equipment, costumes or regalia, etc.)

• Documentation of traditional arts, skills, ceremonies, beliefs, or performances

• An investment to result in future revenues (fee for services for marketing connsultation, website development, financial planning)

• Learning new skills by supporting mentorships with advisors or cultural specialists

• Other types of activities and projects that lead to long term sustainability of traditional arts practices

Engaging and strengthening our own communities as well as engaging with others

• Public presentations, such as community-based concerts, festivals, and exhibitions that foster active participation

• Workshops and gatherings (for example, events that bring together artists, cultural specialists or community cultural leaders to share skills & information, or to engage in discussion and problem solving)

• Other types of activities and projects that lead to active participation in traditional arts practices within and between cultural communities