Lambda Literary Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

State funds extend the reach of the arts to local underserved populations

 

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $14,765 to Lambda Literary as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.

Lambda Literary will provide scholarships to some California Fellows with financial need as well as support the Retreat’s teaching artists. In addition, Lambda will present and promote free public group readings accompanying the 2017 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

“Lambda Literary is the national leader advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “We’re grateful to the California Arts Council for their support of Lambda’s Writers Retreat which is the only LGBTQ writers residency in the country.”

Lambda Literary is one of just 130 grantees chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 203 organizations statewide. The news of Lambda Literary’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online here.

“The Local Impact program eliminates barriers keeping low-income, rural, and historically underserved communities from equal access to arts programs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. Lambda Literary’s project helps to further the Arts Council’s vision of enriching the lives of all Californians through arts participation, while allowing the local community to access their own creativity.”

To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit here.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

 

 

 

 

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Lambda Literary believes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read. LL’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, and our web magazine, The Lambda Literary Review, at www.LambdaLiterary.org.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.


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