Eastside Arts Initiative partners with NALAC to Support Los Angeles Latinx Artists
The partnership will fund twenty emergency micro-grants for Latinx artists and cultural workers in eastern Los Angeles County
In partnership with the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Eastside Arts Initiative and the support of individual donors in Los Angeles, twenty Latinx artists and cultural workers based in eastern Los Angeles County will be awarded emergency financial assistance from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ Actos de Confianza micro-grant program.
The artists will receive $500 micro-grants to assist with urgent needs including groceries, medical bills, and rent. NALAC launched the Actos de Confianza micro-grant program in April 2020 in response to the severe and ongoing impact of COVID-19 on communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
“Our community’s need for the arts has never been greater, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is pleased to partner with NALAC in supporting our local Los Angeles artists during this critical time,” said EAI Chair and LA Plaza Board Member Lupe Arriola. Established in 2015 by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Eastside Arts Initiative has awarded more than $850,000 to a wide range of artistic endeavors in LA County’s Eastside.
The artists receiving support from this partnership submitted applications to the Actos de Confianza application portal in April. The selection was informed by equity priorities including medical need, immigration status, and primary caretaker roles as well as Black, indigenous, and trans representation.
These artists and cultural workers derive between 76% and 100% of their income from arts and culture. They work as filmmakers, art educators, comedians, theatre technicians, musicians, visual artists and other roles in various arts disciplines.
The immense need demonstrated nationally by artists and cultural workers greatly exceeded available funds at launch. NALAC continues to fundraise and partner with organizations to extend the reach of the initiative.
“We are grateful to the Eastside Arts Initiative for their collaboration and hope to engage additional local partners and individuals in Los Angeles who are committed to and invested in inclusion and equity as critical values of their work,” said NALAC Board Member Evonne Gallardo. “We know Latinxs make up over half of Los Angeles County demographically, and the culturally specific organizations that serve our communities operate with smaller budget sizes. This is due, in part, to the historic and systemic underfunding of our organizations. NALAC and EAI are working together to address these inequities during this time when our Latinx arts organizations are particularly at risk. We can’t do it alone. We need everyone at the table right now.”
About LA Plaza and the Eastside Arts Initiative
The Eastside Arts Initiative was established by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in 2015 as a foundation dedicated to supporting artists and arts organization in East Los Angeles. Since its establishment, the EAI has awarded more than $850,000 to a wide range of artistic endeavors in LA County’s Eastside. Opened in 2011, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a Los Angeles County museum and Smithsonian Institute affiliate that celebrates the past and inspires the future by sharing the untold stories about the history, art and culture of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in the founding and continuing evolution of Southern California through compelling and culturally enriching exhibitions, educational initiatives, and public programs. More information at www.lapca.org and www.eastsideartsinitiative.org.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more information about NALAC and its programs please visit www.nalac.org.
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