The California Community Foundation has announced a $38.5 million pandemic recovery fund in support of small and midsize arts organizations in Southern California.
Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by CCF, the LA Arts Recovery Fund will pool contributions from more than a dozen funders and provide flexible, multiyear operating, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to small and midsize arts organizations (budgets of $10 million or less) that are playing a vital role in their communities.
In addition to CCF and the Getty Trust, donors to the fund include the Ford Theatre Foundation/LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Global Relief Fund, Jerry and Terri Kohl, Robert Lovelace and Alicia Miñana, and the Ahmanson, Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz, Andrew W. Mellon, Music Man (Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable), Ralph M. Parsons, Perenchio, and Snap foundations. The fund also includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation's America's Cultural Treasures initiative, which was launched in September to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations.
To help advance a more equitable and inclusive arts sector, partner organizations are calling on philanthropy, public and private institutions, and community members to help grow the fund to $50 million.
"The arts are vital to the well-being of our communities and our region's recovery in this pivotal moment, but our cultural sector cannot fulfill that mission without additional support," said Kristin Sakoda, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. "Driven by a public-private partnership, collective philanthropic effort, and a commitment to arts organizations that reflect our diverse cultures and communities, the LA Arts Recovery Fund will fortify nonprofits within our cultural ecology so they can fulfill their visions, now and into the future."
(Photo credit: LA Arts Recovery Fund)