Arts Council announces 2022 grants for Long Beach artists and bands – Press Telegram


The Long Beach Arts Council awarded $164,785 to five individual artists and nearly two dozen organizations as part of the group’s annual scholarship and grant distribution.

Most of the money comes from an annual contract with the city, which also includes operational support for the arts council. For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30, the total payment is $404,085.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts added $20,000 to the grant pot.

The grants include five artist grants of $4,000 each. The winners this year are Elyse Pignolet, Trinh Mai, Cody Lusby, Vannia Ibarguen and Ja’net Danielo.

There are also three operating grants: Arts & Services for the Disabled received $18,000, the Art Theater received $9,000, and the Long Beach Historical Society received $8,000.

The largest category is Community Arts Grants, where $75,000 is distributed among 19 organizations.

There are five grants of $5,000 each for The Rock Club, Cambodia Town, Inc., The Jazz Angels, Act Out Theater Company and Long Beach Youth Chorus. An additional $4,000 went to the Long Beach Community Band, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, LGBTQ Center, Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Arts Museum, Up & Coming Actors, Long Beach Blues Society, Garage Theater and The Infinite Traineeship.

Six other groups received $3,000 – Loiter Galleries, South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, Kontrapunktus, Dreamkreator Studio, Inc., South Coast Chorale and Literary Women of Long Beach.

The remaining money – $34,785 – is for monthly micro-grants.

Ten of the city’s biggest arts groups are splitting 1% of the increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax – or bed tax, charged for hotel stays – that Long Beach voters approved in the framework of measure B in 2020.

Four groups – Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Symphony, Museum of Latin American Art and Musical Theater West – receive 7.1% of the 1%. The others receive 3.5%. These are the Long Beach Opera, the International City Theatre, Musica Angelica, the Long Beach Playhouse, the Camerata Singers of Long Beach and the African American Cultural Center.

“As a local arts agency and funder, our grants nurture and enliven the arts across the city,” Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suarez said in a statement. “We are pleased to see a wide variety of cultural expressions and works funded this year.

“I look forward to working with the city to continue to build a strong arts and culture grant program,” she added, “as we all work together to recover.”

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