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City Launches Pilot Arts Grant Program

The Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission, has designed a pilot arts grant program to support local artists and nonprofit arts organizations, while actively engaging Burbank residents with diverse and outstanding cultural arts projects.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are available to artists and nonprofit art organizations. The funds are intended to support visual and performing arts projects that encourage and provide access to the arts for all members of the community. Eligible applications and projects should:

• Educate, entertain, and inspire participants.

• Build awareness and appreciation for the art form.

• Meet community needs and identify target audiences.

• Reflect the rich cultural diversity of the Burbank community.

This opportunity is open to individual professional artists and nonprofit arts organizations located in Los Angeles County. The grant recipients’ proposed projects must be completed in Burbank and serve Burbank residents, businesses, and visitors directly. Preference will be given to artists and organizations based in Burbank. Feedback from applicants and the community during this first award cycle will inform decisions about the design and potential growth of the grants program in future years.

“The Cultural Arts Commission, City Council, and city staff recognize the value of the arts, their economic impact, and what cultural creators bring to the community,” said Eric Conner, chair of the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission. “With this newly launched grant program, we can take our support of the arts to bold new heights. And the best part — this is only the beginning!”

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 5. For more information, including eligibility requirements, detailed guidelines, important dates and the application link, visit new.burbankca.gov/communityartsgrant.

First published in the October 21 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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