Message from Joe Smoke

More artists call Los Angeles home than any other city in the United States. This mighty workforce fuels the cultural vitality of L.A.’s regional economy by fostering a cityscape of creative sites, leisure experiences, and social engagement. Considering L.A.’s goals to be a livable, prosperous, safe, and well-run city; the arts are a powerful tool for engendering all four aspects of civic pride.

With the city’s four goals as our guideposts, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce a program of community investments (grants) for independent artists to act as “artists-in-residence” at non-arts sites of their own choice. This program seeks to fully support multi-week interactive projects that aim to stimulate: community dialogue, life-long learning opportunities for the public, and the availability of interesting free or low-cost creative activities that occur outside of traditional arts agencies and venues.

The instructions and forms posted herein are for independent artists (one person, or the leader of a small team or ensemble) that wish to request financial support (up to $8,000) for self-designed projects to take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Proposals are welcome in any type of creative practice. Basic eligibility and scoring are fully described herein.

The Artist Residency category seeks to support a spectrum of 15 or more different applicants who are teaching-artists that have at least one year of community experience and can expertly describe one multi-week set of participatory workshops that culminates in one group presentation at a preferred host venue that is not already a primary venue for art-making or art presentations (e.g. social service agencies, community resource centers, humanities sites, or theme-appropriate commercial business) We encourage you to attend a free informational workshop (see Training tab) to be certain that your interpretation of the the program mission is clear and that you understand the most competitive ways to submit your qualifications.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to making Los Angeles a culturally vibrant place where creative opportunities “pop-up” in unexpected places and bring people together for dialogue, engagement, and public presentations. Applications are due online by Friday, October 27 at 11:59 PM.


Joe Smoke, Grants Program Director