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25th Anniversary of the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

Much Ado About Avengers presented by The Actors’ GangThis year (2019) marks the 25th anniversary of Culver City's Performing Arts Grants Program. To celebrate, the City has awarded $175,196, its largest total of grants yet, to 23 organizations that will put on a festival of performances throughout the year. The theatre, dance, and musical performances will run from February to November 2019.

2019 Performing Arts Grants Performances 

Below is a list of this year's grantees and details of their upcoming performances. 

For more information and/or to sign up for email updates on upcoming performances, visit the City’s Arts and Culture web page. General information is also available via the Cultural Affairs Hotline at (310) 253-5716.

 Season

 Organization

 Show Description

 Location

Winter

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Ebb & Flow contemporary dance festival with themes of health and wellness will culminate in a sunset performance.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

       

Spring

The Wende Museum

Four free concerts featuring established Los Angeles-based musicians who will present classical new music and jazz.

Wende Museum

 

 

Spring

Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles

Block Party will remount three recently-produced plays to provide diverse, high-quality theatergoing experiences.

Kirk Douglas Theatre

       

Spring

Culver City Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra concert featuring professional musicians and student soloists.

Culver City Presbyterian Church

       

Spring/ Summer

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra

Two orchestra concerts featuring popular and lesser-known works from Dvorak, Strauss, Rossini, Beethoven, and others.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

       

Spring

Culver City Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra concert featuring music from the Americas including Latin composers.

Robert Frost Auditorium

       

Spring/ Summer

Grand Performances

Four free performances and workshops featuring singers Ulali and South African guitarist Derek Gripper.

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center

       

Spring

Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers

Presenting Tap Dance Widows Club, a multimedia work featuring several dance forms and film.

Culver City Senior Center

       

Spring/
Fall

Kontrapunktus Neo-Baroque Orchestra

Two classical concerts featuring the work of J.S. Bach, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, and Mark Moya. 

Culver City Seventh-Day Adventist Church

       

Spring 

VOX Femina Los Angeles

Women’s choir concert premiere work from acclaimed transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde. 

Culver City Presbyterian Church

       

 Spring 

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra

The Family Jazz Hour Interactive jazz concert for families.

Farragut Elementary School

       

Spring 

Benita Bike’s DanceArt

Contemporary dance performance including interaction and conversation with the audience.

Culver City Senior Center

       

Summer

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

An evening of diverse solo performers who represent different ethnicities, voices, ages, and disciplines.

Ivy Substation

       

Summer

Brockus Project Dance Company

The premiere of Permutations of the Unknown Dust, a contemporary dance exploring earth and environmental issues. 

Ivy Substation

       

Summer

National Association of Composers USA-LA (NACUSA-LA)

Presentation of the community ensemble, Los Angeles Symphonic Winds. 

Veterans Memorial Auditorium 

       

Summer

CRE Outreach Foundation

An original play featuring Theatre by the Blind, disabled youth, teens and adults.

Kirk Douglas Theatre

       

Summer

Jazz Bakery

Jazz performance featuring Bill Holman Big Band.

Kirk Douglas Theatre

       

Summer

Santa Monica Chorus

City of Stars – Celebrating 70 Years in Song featuring barbershop-style a cappella music.

Kirk Douglas Theatre

       

Summer

Culver City Public Theatre

Free outdoor family theatre performances.

Carlson Park

       

Summer

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

A free concert of Prokofiev’s classic symphonic fairy tale “Peter and the Wolf” narrated in Spanish and English. 

Location To Be Announced

       

Summer

The Actors’ Gang

Annual free Shakespeare-in-the-Park for Families.

Media Park

       

Fall

Donna Sternberg  & Dancers

The premiere of a site-specific contemporary dance inspired by the museum exhibition.

The Wende Museum

       

Fall

The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS)

Experimental music performance, celebrating the anniversary of the Sound series with a free six-hour concert featuring over 50 artists. 

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook 

About Culver City's Performing Arts Grant Program

Established in 1994, the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program offers grants to non-profit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Under the purview of the City Council and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Performing Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City.  The amount of grant funding available is dependent upon the total deposits made into the City’s Cultural Trust Fund each fiscal year. Additionally, the Performing Arts Grant Program is supported by a contribution from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Theatre, music, and dance performances may be proposed. Performances must be available to the general public in a location wholly or partially located in Culver City or controlled/owned by the City of Culver City. Funding may only be used for direct expenses related to the performance(s) in Culver City. Additionally, applicant organizations must qualify as tax-exempt as defined by the IRS at the time of application.

At its meeting on February 25, 2019, the Culver City City Council acknowledged the program's 25th anniversary. Winning organizations, including The Center Theater Group, The Culver City Symphony, Vox Femina, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony were present.

Culver City's Creative Economy

The Performing Arts Grants Program is a byproduct of Culver City's creative economy. The creative economy has played an important role in Culver City since the City’s incorporation in 1917. It continues to have a significant positive economic impact in the city one hundred years later with data showing that creative industries comprise over 14% of total employment across all industries in the city in 2014, nearly double that of the Los Angeles region.

To learn more about Culver City's creative economy, please click/tap here.

 

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