Creative Sonoma has awarded 38 Arts Impact Grants for cultural nonprofits, a total of $200,000 to support programs and services across the county. Six of the recipients serve Sonoma Valley.
Funded projects cross disciplines from poetry and music to film and design, and programs throughout the county. Six are Sonoma Valley based: La Luz; Sonoma Arts Live; Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma International Film Festival; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; and ViVO Youth Orchestras.
The total of 38 recipients is the highest ever.
“The unprecedented number of grantees reflects the expansive cultural offerings that are produced every day in this county,” said Supervisor Chris Coursey, chair of the Board of Supervisors. “The growth in awardees is also a result of the ongoing efforts by Creative Sonoma to support previously unfunded cultural groups.”
Funding is provided by Sonoma County, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council
Arts Impact Grants are designed to help sustain Sonoma County’s creative and cultural nonprofits and to advance their impact in our community. Successful applicants demonstrated a commitment to providing equitable access to and participation from communities of color and other traditionally marginalized communities.
Here’s more about the Sonoma Valley projects supported by this year’s grants:
La Luz Center’s Casa de la Cultura Camps, which incorporate arts, crafts, and nature as a means to further explore the Latinx culture.
The Sonoma Community Center will build on its Trashion Fashion show through a “Trashion Learning Series,” (above) a six-month program of free community and school-based learning including recycled costume design.
Sonoma Arts Live, and the 2022-23 season “Celebrate the Greats” which includes offerings that appeal to underserved communities such as LGBTQ, African Americans, and seniors.
Sonoma Community Center will build on its Trashion Fashion show through a “Trashion Learning Series,” a six-month program of free community and school-based learning including recycled costume design.
Sonoma International Film Festival, March 22-26, 2023.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The education department delivers arts activities and education in-classroom and at SVMA, serving 500 to 700 4th and 5th grade students annually, and expanding, in 2023, to 3rd grade classrooms.
ViVo Youth Orchestras, an ensemble-based daily after-school program serving 75 socio-economically disadvantaged students.
Creative Sonoma is a division of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.