Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) Offers Grant Counseling

Grant-making partnership supports new and innovative arts initiatives benefiting eastern Los Angeles County, Oct 5 at LA Plaza

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 4, 2016

Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) Offers Grant Counseling

Reminder to artists and arts organizations: Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is holding the second grant counseling workshop for prospective EAI grant applicants at 5:00p.m., October 5, 2016 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza), 501 N. Main Street, L.A. 90012 (parking off of Arcadia, between Main and Spring Streets). EAI's grant application deadline is November 4.

"The arts contribute to our quality of life, and we are proud to support arts organizations that enrich communities and bring diverse cultures together through innovative and impactful arts programming," said EAI Council Chair Lupe Arriola.

A grant-making partnership of LA Plaza and the California Community Foundation (CCF), the EAI supports new and innovative arts initiatives benefiting eastern Los Angeles County. Previous grantees include:


· Casa 0101-Theatre Arts Training Incubator: Strengthen pathways to the arts and entertainment industries for participants.

· Chicano International Film Festival: Three day festival, comprised of 27 films in nine categories including youth film and music video promoting Chicano culture.

· Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo Wop Singer Production: Live, multi-media theatrical performance, about Ruben Guevara's twisted journey into the music industry – on the verge of homelessness and ultimate success.

· Floricanto Dance Theatre-Immigrant Stories from East Los through Dance: Examines and shares the multiple reasons why people leave their homeland; the roads taken to new homelands; and the impact migration has on subsequent generations and adopted communities.

· Latino Theatre Co-Play at Work Conservatory: After-school jobs training program designed to provide low income students with a college preparatory arts education experience.

· Mujeres de Maiz-20 Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A., Exhibit: 20 year retrospective presenting intersectional, intergenerational and intercultural history, aesthetic and philosophy of dynamic women of color collective known for its art and activism.

· Self Help Graphics-Inaugural Chicano/Latino Printmakers Summit: Bringing together master printers, printmakers and artists from across the country to explore and create new works inspired by collective knowledge; and create a pipeline of artists and printmakers that can grow into Master Printers.

· The East LA Society of Film & Arts (TELA SOFA)-Sparking Minds-Creating Change Through Film & Video: After-school program providing at-risk teens and young adults professional training in video and filmmaking, while creating a community-based and professional pipeline for youth and young adults in writing, production and filmmaking.

· Diane Rodriguez Production of her play, The Sweetheart Deal: Engages audiences through a production about a tumultuous time during the 1970 United Farmworker's strike and national boycott.

MAY 2015

· About Productions-Young Theatre Works Chicano Legacy Project: For a two-year program that includes a 20-session school residency at El Pueblo Continuation High School. Includes staged student readings and a full production premiere showcase free and low-cost to the general public.

· Brown Fist Productions: "Eastside Heartbeats," new production about Mexican American rock and roll musicians of the 1960's. Inspired by the summer of 1965 when four young men from East Los Angeles brought honor and joy to their community by opening for the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. Now playing at Casa 0101.

· Center for the Arts Eagle Rock: "Noches de Trova" program featuring multidisciplinary artists, educational workshops, and a performance as part of the Eagle Rock Music Festival.

· Los Angeles Theatre Academy: "Cri-Cri the Musical" production at various venues. Rehearsals function as workshops, with children learning about their characters through research and songs and participating in acting, singing, dancing and theatrical production from audition to performance while learning and practicing Spanish.

· Wayne Healy: Engage youth and seniors in the mural-making process, and
reinstate/extend the 1988 mural "Trucha! Vital Decisions Ahead." The mural was created in collaboration with the community on the exterior of the Lincoln Heights Recreation Center.

· Los Angeles Music and Art School: Ongoing weekly tuition-free programs at the organization's arts training center established in 1945. Tuition-free programs include the Junior and Youth Orchestras, Music Outreach Partnership Program and Student Choir.

· Loyola Marymount University – "Variedades" Olvera Street Project: New musical theater performance narrating chapters of LA history before a live audience and filmed for broadcast by KCET-TV. Includes interactive technology allowing for feedback and conversation in online forums. El Pueblo, LA Plaza, Olvera Street Merchants Association and Chinese American Museum are participating partners.

· Mariachi Heritage Society-Mariachi National's Institute: Music education summer program 2016, including five days of rigorous instruction in mariachi music, performance opportunities for students; and panel discussions on mariachi heritage topics with experts in the field and attendance to a professional concert performance by Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Program culminates with grand finale performance by students.

· UNAM LA -Hola Mexico Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today Project: Intensive filmmaking seminar (hands on training workshops) during Hola Mexico Film Festival. New program exposes youth to filmmaking directly by experts in the Hollywood and Mexican film industries, and offers links to film industry job/school resources.

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