California Arts Council

State of California

BIG Grants Awarded by BIG Funders
Millions given to artists and arts organizations


Published: 06-28-2012

Two large funding entities have recently announced funding for their programs. 

The James Irvine Foundation has announced grants totaling $20.3 million to nonprofit organizations working to promote civic engagement and expand opportunities for the people of California. Through its arts program the foundation awarded 22 grants, including the first round of grants from the Exploring Engagement Fund, which is part of a new strategy to help nonprofit organizations engage with the state's diverse populations through active participation in the arts. Twenty grants totaling more than $2 million were awarded through the fund to California-based nonprofit groups that are piloting new ideas to better engage all Californians in the arts. See the grantee list.

In addition, The Creative Work Fund (CWF) announced that it is awarding 21 grants totaling $808,000 to artists based in greater Bay Area counties. Each artist is collaborating with a local organization to create a new piece of work in the fields of media and performing arts. Selected projects include documentary and experimental films and videos, radio programming, theater works, song cycles, solo performance, dance works, and new pieces for woodwinds and string quartet. See the press release with the grantee list.

The California Arts Council congratulates the grantees.




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