Carlsbad community arts grants up for grabs

CARLSBAD — A large sum of money is up for grabs from the city.

Applications for the Community Arts Grants program, totaling $80,000, are underway with an Oct. 31 deadline, according to the city.

The funds will be award in matching grants for cultural projects in Carlsbad during 2017. Applicants will receive notification of awarded grants by December.

A pair of workshops is scheduled to assist applicants with their proposals, while all prospective grant seekers are encouraged to attend as the process has been updated.

The first workshop is slated for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The second will be held Sept. 19 at the same time, but in the Community Room of the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

“The Community Arts Grants program supports schools as well as local nonprofits, providing cultural and artistic opportunities for all ages,” said Megan Gilby, city of Carlsbad cultural arts program coordinator. “The cultural arts contribute to our creative community and the high quality of life we enjoy in Carlsbad. We’re proud that each year, Community Arts Grants benefit thousands of residents.”

The grants, which must be matched by money from other sources, are awarded to nonprofit organizations, schools and school-related organizations for visual, media, literary and performing arts projects taking place in Carlsbad. Arts organizations located elsewhere in San Diego County are also eligible to apply, but funded activities must take place in Carlsbad.

Projects must fit one of two categories in the Community Arts Grants Funding Program, Arts Projects and Arts in Schools. Arts Projects fund requests by arts nonprofit organizations for specific project such as performances, exhibitions, residencies, workshops or lectures in all artistic disciplines providing art opportunities to people in Carlsbad.

The Arts in Schools category supports requests of up to $1,500 by Carlsbad schools and eligible school-related organizations for in-class and before- and after-school projects involving professional artists, including artist-in-residence activities, collaborative programs and events by student artists that are open to the public, as well as support for activities of school-based, student extracurricular organizations that the public may attend.

Past successful proposals have included music festivals, concerts, free outdoor theater, visual arts demonstrations and mural projects, choreographer residencies, artist-led training seminars for teachers and a variety of school activities promoting student participation in the arts.

Applications and guidelines, as well as listings of previous grant recipients, are available on the city’s website, carlsbadca.gov/arts, at Cultural Arts Office, located within the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane. Applications are available online at carlsbadca.gov/arts or by request at (760) 602-2090.

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