Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture Monday announced about $4.5 million in grant awards to 231 nonprofit arts organizations.

The two-year awards through the county’s Organizational Grant Program provide support for a diverse range of nonprofits, spanning arts education to theater and dance to visual, media and literary arts across the region.

Recipients include the Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society in South El Monte, Long Beach Opera, the Arts Bridging the Gap mural program in West Hollywood and Wesley Music Ministries, for arts education and concert operations in Sylmar.

“The Organizational Grant Program has strengthened the work of L.A. County’s arts organizations since the 1940s,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis. “Today, this program is critical to helping the local arts ecosystem thrive through the inclusion of arts organizations that exemplify culture, traditions and artistic creativity that celebrate the diversity of this county. OGP ensures our residents, especially those in historically underserved areas, have access to arts and culture services, and all the individual benefits and community connections that those services bring.”

Awards range from $1,500 to $107,500, depending on the needs and size of the organization. The awards are flexible — they can be used to support any number of current critical needs, from organizational staffing and infrastructure to programming.

LA Commons in South Los Angeles, for example, and East L.A.’s Las Fotos Projects, which inspires teenage girls through photography and self-expression, will use grant funding to pay performers and teaching artists, and defray production costs. Both are fiscally-sponsored organizations — and are receiving funding for the first time.

The Strindberg Laboratory, a Los Angeles theater company, plans to se its grant to deepen its engagement with prisoners and underserved communities. Turnaround Arts: California will use its award to support key staff positions as the first-time grantee continues in its mission to transform high-need school districts and communities through the arts.

“We know how much vibrancy, well-being and resiliency that cultural resources bring to individuals and to communities,” Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell said. “Especially in the wake of the pandemic, the Organizational Grant Program’s resonance and impact in the local arts sector cannot be underestimated, and its role in sharing these benefits equitably is critical.”

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