CAC Awards TGF $14,400

Press Release

Contact: Julia Miele,, (213) 365-2491

Date: June 6, 2019

The Gabriella Foundation Awarded California Arts Council “Youth Arts Action” Grant

State funds support community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects

[LOS ANGELES, CA] – Yesterday, the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $14,400 to The Gabriella Foundation as part of its Youth Arts Action program.

Youth Arts Action supports projects for youth from infancy through age 24 that operate outside of school time, in artistic venues and community settings as well as on school sites. This program encourages relevant, dynamic, and innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects.

Supported by this grant, the Everybody Dance High School Enrichment Program (HSEP) will serve 70 high school students in grades 9 through 12 in their efforts to identify, pursue and achieve their career and academic goals. In addition to high quality, sequential, year-round dance classes, the HSEP provides high school students with enrichment opportunities to develop leadership, collaboration and problem-solving skills, and to access career opportunities in the arts and beyond. HSEP objectives are to:

  • Provide students with the instruction to further develop their dance and choreography skills and to create and present their own original choreography and creative projects.
  • Introduce students to real world experiences and careers in dance through teaching assistantships and administrative internships.
  • Bring students up close to a variety of arts-related industries and experiences through field trips.
  • Match students with individuals in the arts-related field of their choosing for one-on-one mentoring.
  • Provide guidance and referrals for students as they transition from high school to careers, vocations and academic study.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the California Arts Council and are truly grateful for its support of and confidence in our work,” said Executive Director Julia Miele.

The Gabriella Foundation is one of 244 grantees chosen for the Youth Arts Action program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.

“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of [Your organization name] and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”

To view a complete listing of all Youth Arts Action grantees, visit

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Since 2000, The Gabriella Foundation has been transforming lives and communities through the power of dance. Today, TGF is reaching more underserved Los Angeles youth than ever, with a goal of serving 6,000 students by 2020. In its award-winning Everybody Dance after-school program, students work toward technical mastery of specific dance forms by attending multi-level classes that meet twice weekly. Everybody Dance in-school, a pathway to the after-school program, provides a creative outlet for students during the school day and uses dance as a tool for learning by incorporating movement into academic curriculum. In both models, professional dance instructors inspire students to achieve their very best by teaching life skills and instilling self-confidence, creative exploration, and a commitment to dance.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at

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