From exhibitions at world-class museums to a show at one of LA’s many iconic venues, the arts are integral to the well-being of our County community and have continuously contributed to the rich tapestry of our cultural scene. This week the Board approved a recommendation from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to allocate $4.5 million in grants to 196 nonprofit arts organizations across the County, furthering the Board’s commitment to expanding the arts and strengthening the vibrancy of LA’s artistic community.

The arts are a mainstay in the County and have contributed to our region, both economically and culturally, providing an outlet for expression and fostering creativity for residents and visitors alike. These grants will contribute to funding and furthering the County’s commitment to excellence through concerts, theater productions, exhibitions, arts education for schoolchildren, and other programs.

The nonprofit arts organizations awarded grants include the Hollywood Arts Council, the Orchestra Santa Monica Association, ONE Archives Foundation to support a new program to share LGBTQ history, art, and culture, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival to support their 25th and 26th Annual Festivals during Women’s History Month, the Writers Guild Foundation, 826LA, Los Angeles Ballet, Inc., Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, KCETLink, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Inc. to support the Emerging Curator Program, and the Los Angeles Opera, among other organizations.

In addition to funding nonprofit arts organizations, the County Arts Commission also funds the largest arts internship program in the country, spearheads Arts For All, an initiative to make arts core in K-12 education, manages the County’s civic art policy, and produces the Emmy Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration for public television.

Through the allocation of grant funds to these various nonprofits across Los Angeles County, the Board ensures that the arts continue to be valued and accounted for by government and civic leaders — so LA will continue to be a leading innovator in artistic and cultural services.