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Community Arts Grants Awarded

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office has selected recipients and awarded Community Arts Grants for the 2020/2021 cycle. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, schools and school-related organizations for visual, media, literary and performing arts projects taking place in Carlsbad. These projects serve to enrich our local arts culture and create quality programming.

Due to COVID-19, staff adjusted the guidelines and scoring processes for arts grants cycle with input from the Grants Subcommittee and approval from the Arts Commission, to align with current health order and to create flexibility to best meet the needs of our grantees.

In June 2020, three panelists from regional arts organizations and nonprofits reviewed and scored all Community Arts Grants 2020/2021 applications in three categories:

  • Arts Organizations: Art Projects
  • Arts Organizations: Capacity Building
  • Educational Institutions and Affiliated Groups

Here are the top three organizations and awards in each category:

  • Arts Organizations: Arts Projects

o   NAMM Foundation AWARD: $7,200

Support for five virtual concerts either via live stream, from the Museum of Making Music’s stage with no audience or prerecorded by the artist if needed.

o   New Village Arts, Inc. AWARD: $6,900

Support for New Village Arts to develop and produce two world premiere productions and hold virtual workshops to engage audiences in the creation of world premiere productions in Carlsbad.

o   Lux Art Institute AWARD: $6,600

Support to underwrite the costs of Lux Arts Institute’s arts outreach program, the Valise Project, to bring to 525 students of Carlsbad schools during the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • Arts Organizations: Capacity Building

o   NAMM Foundation AWARD: $5,000

Support for three Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math (STEAM) Learning Stations to serve the over 8,000 students that tour annually.

o   North County Arts Network AWARD: $4,400

Support for compensation for an administrative contractor to cover core infrastructure and 501(c)3 formation expenses enabling North County Arts Network to reach this next level.

o   Carlsbad Music Festival AWARD: $4,200

Support for a managing director critical to Carlsbad Music Festival’s organizational capacity and branding as well as event execution.

  • Educational Institutions and Affiliated Groups

o   Carlsbad High School Theatre Arts Department AWARD: $2,300

Support for a Broadway-style musical with a student cast, crew and orchestra at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center on April 29, 30, May 1 and a matinee show on May 1 with additional middle school invitation to a performance on April 29.

o   Carlsbad High School Choral Boosters AWARD: $2,100

Support for Carlsbad High School Choral Boosters to pay for the rights to use sheet music for competition sets of vocal music and dance music and to modify it to support the musical production.

o   Sage Creek High School Drama Department AWARD: $2,100

Support for collaborative efforts of industry professionals who work on our school musical in areas of direction, choreography, set design and music.

Sage Creek High School Theatre Teacher, Jillian Porter-Eshelman, a recipient of a grant, commented, "It has been such a privilege to work with the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Program. When Sage Creek Drama was just starting out as a small, bare bones program in a brand new school, the funding from Carlsbad Cultural Arts played a major role in getting our first productions on the stage. Now, 7 years later, our massive, full time program is thriving and we could not have gotten to this point without Carlsbad Cultural Arts believing in our potential!"

Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz remarked, “We see the Community Arts Grants funding as an opportunity for the city to partner with local artists and arts organizations.  During this time, we believe that designing options for grantees was the right choice and the Arts Commission concurred by unanimously approving the funding.”

At a Glance

  • Community Arts Grants 2020/2021 Funding Results:
    • Total Available Funding: $88,000
    • Total Applications: 17
    • Total Funded Projects: 17
    • Total 2020 Eligible Requests: $96,000
    • Total 2020 Funding: $77,640
    • Funding Period: Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 202

More Information

The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in the City of Carlsbad and the Northern San Diego County region. As a component of many services and activities, the Cultural Arts Office manages funding programs to provide financial support to organizations, schools and individuals for various projects through a competitive application and review process.

Even more information

September 18, 2020