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Culver City distributes performing arts grants

CULVER CITY — The city will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Performing Arts Grant Program with a festival of performances in 2019. 

The Culver City Council has awarded $175,196 in grants to 23 organizations that will present theater, dance and music performances from February through November. 

“We are proud to present more than 50 live performances, featuring diverse artists and disciplines, during this milestone year,” Culver City Mayor Thomas Small said. 

The Performing Arts Grant Program, which was established in 1994 as part of the city’s Art in Public Places Program, offers project grants to nonprofit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Under the purview of the City Council and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the grant program is designed to support local arts organizations and provide Culver City residents, the business community and visitors with enriching and accessible cultural opportunities. 

Annually, the City Council reviews recommendations from the Cultural Affairs Commission and allocates funding for the program from the Cultural Trust Fund. The program is also generously supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment with a $15,000 contribution.

The following organizations have received 2019 grants: The Actors’ Gang, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, Brockus Project Dance Company, Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, CRE Outreach, Culver City Chamber Orchestra, Culver City Public Theatre, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Grand Performances, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jazz Bakery, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Kontrapunktus Neo-Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, National Association of Composers, Santa Monica Chorus, the Society for the Activation of Social Science Through Art and Sound, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, VOX Femina Los Angeles and the Wende Museum.

Culver City a five-square-mile, urban community of 39,000 residents surrounded mostly by the city of Los Angeles, but it also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. 

It is centrally located on the Westside near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles International Airport.  

Culver City is particularly known for its well-run public school system, “small town” charm, growing high-tech and creative economies, and a dynamic downtown that is regionally known as a destination for restaurants, live theatre, and art galleries. 

For more information on these upcoming performances and to sign up for event updates via email visit the City’s Arts and Culture web page

Please call the Cultural Affairs Hotline at (310) 253-5716 for general information.

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