CAC Awards TGF $37,000!

Press Release

Contact:           Julia Miele, Executive Director, [email protected]

Date:                May 5, 2020

The Gabriella Foundation Awarded California Arts Council Artists In Schools and Youth Arts Action Grants

State funds support the provision of high-quality daytime and after-school dance programming.

Los Angeles, CA – Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $37,000 to The Gabriella Foundation to support its Everybody Dance! program, which brings high-quality daytime and after-school dance education to over 5,700 youth at 25 sites in the underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods of MacArthur Park, South Los Angeles and Watts.

We are so delighted to continue our partnership with the California Arts Council and applaud the Council for its responsiveness in grantmaking, especially during these unprecedented times, said Julia Miele, Executive Director.

The Gabriella Foundation was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The investment of nearly $30 million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history.

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting our state’s communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California’s historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency’s vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees.

“Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

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The Gabriella Foundation transforms lives and communities through the power of dance, by providing high-quality dance instruction to over 5,700 youth at 25 sites in the underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods of MacArthur Park, South Los Angeles and Watts. TGF’s award-winning Everybody Dance! after-school program focuses on the technical mastery of dance in a studio setting, while the in-school program uses dance as a tool for learning to support academic excellence. In both models, professional dance instructors inspire students to achieve their very best by imparting life skills and instilling confidence, creativity, and commitment. And it’s working: Over 90% of after-school students say they have higher self-esteem, improved physical fitness, and a greater sense of being supported by family and the community because of Everybody Dance! In addition, 100% of graduating seniors in the after-school program attend college, many the first in their families to do so.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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