TGF Awarded $17,100 from CAC

The Gabriella Foundation Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Extension” Grant

State funds support everybody dance! arts at six sites in Pico-Union, Koreatown, Echo Park, South Los Angeles and Watts

Los Angeles, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $17,100 to The Gabriella Foundation as part of its Arts Education: Extension program.

As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Extension grants support arts education programs for PreK-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of the program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The grant will help provide high-quality, sequential, standards-based after-school dance instruction for 1006 children and youth ages 4 to 19 at six sites. This grant will specifically fund 10 twice-weekly classes from September 2018 through June 2019.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the California Arts Council, which will play a key role in our efforts to expand after-school dance education programming in Pico-Union, Koreatown, Echo Park, South Los Angeles and Watts,” said Executive Director Julia Miele.

The Gabriella Foundation is one of 169 grantees chosen for the Arts Education: Extension program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“The Arts Education Extension program capitalizes on the potential to create arts learning opportunities for California’s young people whenever and wherever possible,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “Projects like everybody dance!  allow for the positive impacts of arts engagement to continue undeterred.”

To view a complete listing of all Arts Education Extension 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 5,000 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, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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