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Posted on: June 5, 2019

City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission Awarded California Arts Council “Artists in Communities

City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission Awarded California Arts Council “Artists in Communities” Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2019

El Cerrito, Calif. – Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $7,840 to the City of El Cerrito as part of its Artists in Communities program.

Artists in Communities (AC) centralizes artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. AC grants support sustained artistic residencies in community settings. Artists must work closely with organizational partners and community members to produce creative projects that are relevant and responsive to their community.

With support from the California Arts Council, the El Cerrito Art & Culture Commission will partner with Dani Gabriel, Poet Laureate, to engage El Cerrito in a multidisciplinary project exploring changing ideas of family in our evolving community. This project promotes connection across difference and the many ways people come together to form supportive and nurturing families. It will also look at the realities of the changing Bay Area and the ways economic and cultural shifts impact families

The City of El Cerrito is one of 96 grantees chosen for the Artists in Communities program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.

“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of [Your organization name] and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”

To view a complete listing of all Artists in Communities grantees, visithttp://arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1819/CurrentGrantees/FY18-19_Project_Descriptions_AC.pdf.

CONTACT:
Maya Williams
Assistant to the City Manager
(510) 215-4318
mwilliams@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

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