Culver City awards performing arts grants to 21 groups

Wave Staff Report

CULVER CITY — The City Council has awarded $150,066 in 2021 performing arts grants to 21 nonprofit organizations.

The grants will be used to present theatre, dance and music performances from May to December.

“Now, more than ever, we have seen the impact of the arts on our lives,” Mayor Alex Fisch said. “When we cannot venture out to local venues, when we cannot gather to witness live music and dance, and when we cannot bring our kids to the park to see a play, we truly understand how important the arts are to us.

“The City Council and its Cultural Affairs Commission are proud to support these dynamic arts organizations. We have seen how well they have temporarily adapted to online environments. But that cannot compare to gathering together and we truly hope to be in the audience again soon when live performances resume at outdoor and, eventually, indoor locations,” Fisch added.

The Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program began in 1994 as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program, offering grants to nonprofit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Under the purview of the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission, the grant program supports local arts organizations and provides Culver City residents, the business community and visitors with accessible cultural opportunities.

Funding for the annual program comes from the city’s Cultural Trust Fund with contributions from the Culver City Arts Foundation and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Among the organizations receiving performance grants for 2021 were: ArtsUP! LA, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, Brazil Arts Connection, Brockus Project Dance Company, Center Theatre Group, Cornerstone Theater Company, the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, the Culver City Public Theatre and the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.

Also receiving funds were: Donna Sternberg & Dancers, Heidi Duckler Dance, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Kontrapunktus, L.A. Contemporary Dance, Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.

Other groups receiving funds were the MashUp Contemporary Dance Company, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Synchromy and Vox Femina Los Angeles.

The city will regularly post information on upcoming performances on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

For more information, call the cultural affairs hotline at (310) 253-5716.

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