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A total of $4.5 million in grants were awarded to 205 arts organizations, most of which operate on small budgets, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission announced Wednesday.

The financial assistance went to a variety of groups that offer arts education and programming in music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature and other mediums.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association received the largest of the two- year grants, which ranged from $2,300 to $154,500.

Other recipients include A Noise Within, Balkan Cultural Center, East West Players, Free Arts for Abused Children, the Los Angeles Jazz Society, the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and West Coast Singers.

Los Angeles County Arts Commission President Bettina Korek said the grant program “ensures that organizations can continue to provide L.A. County residents, neighborhoods and communities direct access and increased opportunities for quality arts activities and programming.”

“These opportunities are often free or low cost and would not be accessible otherwise,” she said.

The bulk of the grants went to arts organizations with budgets of under $1 million, according to Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker.

“This demonstrates the tremendous impact the board’s ongoing funding commitment has on L.A. County organizations of all sizes,” she said.

The grants were approved by the Board of Supervisors.

–City News Service

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