Current Grantees

Current Grantees

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Create Grant January 2024 Awards

Funding for artists and organizations for an arts and/or cultural project taking place in Santa Cruz County

Hermelinda Matias

A workshop on how to carve and paint an Alebrije with an exhibition in Watsonville in March/April 2024

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Alex Rocha-Alvarez

Resilience in the Remnants of Watsonville's Farmworker Labor Camps: Storytelling Event

Damara Ganley

Ground Pressure A Site Specific Dance Theater Performance 2024

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Rosalie Hamilton

Empowering Through Lens: Fostering Diversity and Vision in Entrepreneurial Women. Instagram.com/rosedayalphoto

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Jessamine DeLancey

Dancing Nature: The Sacred Breath. Silvestretraining.com

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MoveSpeakSpin

This project will support the performance of a new dance concert, Calculated Movements, mathematical dance work that connects with movements for social change, in fall, 2024 in Santa Cruz. Mathdance.org

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DaJohn DeWitt

Santa Cruz annual Prideteenth Fashion Show

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Mara Milam

Unveiling Motion Pacific: A Documentary Journey Through a Community Hub, Culminating in the Final Cabaret Before the Studio's Relocation. Maramilam.com

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San Lorenzo Valley Museum

San Lorenzo Valley Museum Artist in Residence Program. Slvmuseum.org

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Alwa Gordon

10 SECONDS LEFT, A Collaborative EP between Alwa Gordon & Alexandra The Author. Instagram.com/alwagordon

Develop Grant January 2024 Awards

Professional development funding for artists and arts organizations

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Samantha Bounkeua

Replacing and upgrading outdated Apple Macbook for more reliable and stable use of digital recording and mixing softwares in string-driven music production studio. Rogueviolin.com

Devi Pride

Video equipment to expand current business and return to documentary filmmaking. Devipridephotography.com

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Laura DeAngelis

Upgrade DSLR camera to support higher resolution images and expand printing capabilities. Lauralanideangelis.com

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Pacific Voices

DEI Training to Support Expanding Our Membership and Audiences. Pacificvoices.org

Salvador Lua

To purchase a capable laptop that will help me start a photography buisness in South County. Instagram.com/xicano_wizard

Loubayi Arnaud

Laptop computer for grant writing and artistic administration/communication. Facebook.com/Gatabantu

Jaime Sanchez

Adjustable height safety ladder with cage/platform to facilitate painting murals safely at heights up to 20 feet.

Monica Galvan

Welding equipment to create public art sculptures. Artedelcorazon.com

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Jessica Carrasco

Printing Equipment to enrich and diversify creativity. Carrascoconcepts.wordpress.com

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Christopher Mosley

Research and development of new techniques and ideas. Mozeart.com

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Joohee Kim Miller

I am applying for Open Studios fees, First Friday fees, and painting supplies. Also, Website costs. Jooheekm.com

Angelina Haro

Heat transfer printer equipment to expand my creative business.

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Terre Lee

Music technology equipment for violin performance. Instagram.com/terreleeviolin

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Daniela Urbieta-Islas

Camera equipment to develop skills for future projects.

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Lucia Znamirowski

Hire a Professional Photographer to Shoot a Backlog of my Artists Books from 2020-2023 and launch online store. Luciastudio.com

Support Grant January 2024 Awards

General operating support for nonprofit arts organizations and fiscally-sponsored arts groups

Royal Eagle Bear Productions

Fiscal Sponsee

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Senderos

scsenderos.org

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Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

cabrillomusic.org

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Cabrillo Stage

cabrillostage.com

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Santa Cruz Opera Project

santacruzoperaproject.org

Arte Del Corazón

artedelcorazon.com

Motion Pacific

motionpacific.com

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Tandy Beal

tandybeal.com

Santa Cruz Art League

scal.org

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center

tanneryworlddance.com

Actors' Theater of Santa Cruz

santacruzactorstheatre.org

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Indexical

indexical.org

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Kuumbwa Jazz Society

kuumbwajazz.org

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)

santacruzmah.org

West Performing Arts

westperformingarts.com

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Scotts Valley Community Theater Guild

svctheaterguild.org

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Santa Cruz Shakespeare

santacruzshakespeare.org

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The Puppetry Institute INC

thepuppetryinstitute.org

Watsonville Taiko Group

watsonvilletaiko.org

Santa Cruz Juneteenth c/o Ana Elizabeth

santacruzjuneteeth.com

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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony

sccys.org

Create Grant Spring 2023 Awards

Funding for artists and organizations for an arts and/or cultural project taking place in Santa Cruz County

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Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center

Gallery Exhibits and Art Market Access for Ethnically Diverse Artist's with Disabilities ($800).

Vivien Bassouamina

Kikulu Kia Nza 12th Annual African Dance and Drum Conference in Santa Cruz. ($3,000) dancecongo.com

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Community Music School of Santa Cruz

Free after-school music classes in Live Oak. ($2,475) communitymusicschool.org

Museo Eduardo Carrillo

Mestizáje / Multiracial indigenous online exhibit. ($3,000) museoeduardocarrillo.org

Loubayi Arnaud

Ha Mbongui African dance and drum conference in Santa Cruz at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center. ($2,400) gatabantudance.com

Jingtian Zong

Cracks: Investigating infrastructure public art in the City of Santa Cruz. ($2,700) jingtianz.com

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Formerly incarcerated artist works with youth-at-risk to paint Mayan Calendar murals on Soquel Avenue window panels surrounding Barrios Unidos, indicating a safe space and a path to peace. ($2,400) barriosunidos.net

Elisangela D. Sousa

Building community through Afro-Brazilian music and dance. ($2,475)

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Melissa Marzan

Filipino Cultural Mural in Watsonville. ($900) thelettermermaid.com

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Esperanza Community Farms

A writing, poetry, and painting workshop for Watsonville families to make multimedia cards of their favorite food/vegetable with creative stamping using paint, yarn, and the natural items on the farm. ($2,700) esperanzacommunityfarms.org

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Estrellas de Esperanza

La Rama- A Mexican Winter Tradition from Veracruz. ($2,475) facebook.com/EstrellasDeEsperanza

Develop Grant Spring 2023 Awards

Professional development funding for artists and arts organizations

Gabriela Preciado

Music recording tools & equipment to record debut EP. ($800)

Stephanie Michelet

Weaving materials to teach workshops. ($590) seabrightcrafts.com

Hannah Andrews

Photography equipment to pursue my wildlife photography. ($1,200) instagram.com/hannah_andrews_art

Lynne Todaro

"Arm Chair" outdoor sculpture project. ($1,200) lynnetodaro.com

Olivia Ronan

Macbook Pro 13-inch laptop for editing video projects and advancing performance work. ($1,200) orolives.wixsite.com/oliviaronan

Sarah Bianco

Portable solar generator for outdoor mural & art production. ($1,500) instagram.com/paintingbybianco

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Rebeca Escobedo

Sewing classes and equipment to extend my knowledge and build my brand. ($1,500) instagram.com/soulbextion

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Carrin Olsen

Fine jewelry development inclusive of many disciplines into one pendant. ($800) carrinwear.com

Biagio Scarpello

Glassblowing furnace to support local art glass business. ($1,200) biagio-scarpello.com

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Vincent Waring

To purchase a laptop computer to create art, edit imagery, manage opportunities, document work, correspond with galleries, and further professionalize my art career. ($1,200) vinwaring.com

Michael Alman

To attend the San Francisco Writer's Conference 2024 and pitch my middle-grade novel. ($584) ariotothebook.com

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Kelly Murray

A quality quilting sewing machine to replace an outdated old one. ($800) kellyforniaaaa.com

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Beth Shields

To create a large-scale wall painting on raw canvas, and subsequently stretch it on 5ft square stretcher bars so it can be moved to other venues (including Gallery 125 at the Tannery). ($725) bethshields.com

Jennifer Gonzalez Huerta

Tecnología para ampliar la calidad de mi trabajo y tener más oportunidades de venta. (Technology to expand the quality of my work and have more sales opportunities.) ($800)

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Karina North

Participar en Open Studios (Participate in Open Studios) ($600)

2021-2024 Elevate Grantees

Funding to “elevate” a cohort of arts organizations to the next level of success over a three-year period.

Fall 2022 SPECTRA Grantees

Matching grants to bring arts education opportunities into schools and organizations across Santa Cruz County to enhance their arts education programs

Del Mar Elementary ($975) - Boxtales, theater performance

Green Acres Elementary ($1,000) - Michael Katz, storytelling performance

Live Oak Elementary ($1,500) - Claudia Stevens, ceramics workshop

Pacific Elementary ($1,500) - Terri Steinmann, theater residency

MacQuiddy Elementary ($2,000) - Elijah Pfonenhauer, after-school mural residency

Mar Vista Elementary ($1,000) -  Martina Goulart, mural workshop

Lakeview Middle ($2,000) - Janet Johns, dance residency

Watsonville Charter School of the Arts ($2,000) - Martina Goulart, visual arts residency

Watsonville High School ($2,000) - Guillermo Aranda, mural residency

Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary ($1,000) - Ibou N'Gom, African drumming