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The Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles, one of the 90 selected recipients of the new award. (photo via Flickr)

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In an effort to kickstart the cultural sector in Los Angeles, the LA Arts Recovery Fund has awarded $36 million in grants for post-pandemic relief to nonprofits across the city. The 90 grantees, announced today, span the visual, performing, and literary arts as well as arts education. Each will receive between $5,000 and $2 million over a period of two to three years.

Notably absent from the list of recipients are the usual big names, like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the Hammer Museum. Instead, aid is going to the Underground Museum, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, the Pan African Film Festival, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore, and the Museum of Neon Art, among others. Nearly three-quarters of grantees are founded by, led by, or have a board majority of Black, Latinx, Asian, or Indigenous leaders, and 48% self-identify as an organization of color.

Emmanuel Deleage, executive director of grantee Casa 0101 Theater in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, called the award “a gift from the universe.”

“Casa 0101 has always sought to use arts as a way of healing — as a way of telling the stories that were not being told elsewhere, about uplifting and creating visibility in the Latino community,” he said. “The LA Arts Recovery fund has taken a bold step to help Casa 0101 achieve its mission.”

Launched by the J. Paul Getty Trust with over a dozen local and national organizations, the fund is the largest pooled private investment for arts in LA County. Donors include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, which contributed a dedicated challenge grant for BIPOC nonprofits.

A full list of grantees can be found online.

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