|Grants Administration Division
Providing grant support to LA’s rich and diverse arts and cultural organizations and individual artists is the core service provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Grants Administration Division awards approximately $2.2 million annually to nurture and support community service providers and community artists in Los Angeles. Awards are given to large, mid-size, small, and emerging organizations. Grants are available in a variety of disciplines and categories including dance, music, media, and visual arts, as well as literature, educational programs, residencies, and professional fellowships.
The goal of the Grants Administration Division is to provide a diverse portfolio of high-quality free or low-cost services for residents and visitors of all ages throughout the City. Support ranges from $1,000 to $75,000 per project, based on published review criteria. DCA selects grantees through a competitive peer review process.
and Development Division
DCA’s Marketing and Development Division works with local, state, national, and international arts organizations to promote cultural awareness and increase arts education in our communities. The Division raises funds from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individual donors to support arts and cultural programming, and has raised over $19 million since FY07/08. The Division partners with the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, community leaders, museum directors, artists, and arts and cultural organizations to promote local economic development.
The Marketing and Development Division also markets the City’s cultural events by creating thousands of publications, direct mail pieces, and promotional materials; maintaining the culturela.org website; and producing calendars and cultural guides for the City’s Latino, American Indian, African American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT), and Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Celebrations. The Division publishes an annual Festival Guide that features over 300 festivals throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring cities, and exhibition catalogs and materials - in addition to producing and promoting several City-wide festivals and special events.
DCA also significantly supports artists and cultural projects through four distinct types of arts programs within its Public Art Division, each committed to the creation and/or maintenance of art within the public realm: the Public Works Improvements Arts Program (PWIAP, more commonly known as Percent-for-Public-Art or Public % for Art), the Private Arts Development Fee Program (ADF), the Murals Program, and the City’s Art Collection.
As part of the Division’s PWIAP and ADF Programs, DCA implements an independent peer panel and public review process to commission public artists and to approve the creation and/or presentation of site-specific public art projects throughout the City of LA. Through these programs, Division staff oversees a substantial portion of DCA’s programming budget; in FY10/11, through these two programs alone, DCA staff managed a portfolio totaling approximately $18.2 million.
Music LA Program
Music LA is DCA’s citywide music education initiative for young people that is administered within the Public Art Division. Music LA coordinates a network of professional music education service providers to offer hands-on instrumental and vocal music classes for students in underserved areas of Los Angeles who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study music. The Music LA Summer Sessions give children and teens an intensive 6 to 8 weeks of hands-on instrumental and/or vocal instruction of any genre. The 10-week Music LA Heritage Month Sessions are offered in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations for the Latino, American Indian, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander American heritage months.