The James Irvine Foundation has announced December grants totaling $18.1 million in the areas of the arts, career readiness, immigrant integration, education, and civic engagement and empowerment.
Ranging in duration from eighteen months to three years, the grants include eight awarded through the final phase of the foundation's New California Arts Fund to advance gains and sustain the institutional future of expanded arts engagement in diverse California communities. Grantees receiving three-year NCAF grants include the California Shakespeare Theater, the Cornerstone Theater Company, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, the Oakland Museum of California, the Pacific Symphony, the Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
In the area of career readiness and living-wage work, the foundation awarded $400,000 over twenty months to Inner City Advisors (ICA) Fund Good Jobs to establish a loan-loss reserve and $2 million over two years to the Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service to expand its Career Pathways to Success program in the Bay Area. Other grantees include the California Community Foundation, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, the Equality Alliance of San Diego County, Californians for Safety and Justice, the Family Independence Initiative, and Youth Speaks.