Current Grantees

Current Grantees


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

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

Rosalie Hamilton

Empowering Through Lens: Fostering Diversity and Vision in Entrepreneurial Women.

Jessamine DeLancey

Dancing Nature: The Sacred Breath.


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.

DaJohn DeWitt

Santa Cruz annual Prideteenth Fashion Show

Mara Milam

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

San Lorenzo Valley Museum

San Lorenzo Valley Museum Artist in Residence Program.

Alwa Gordon

10 SECONDS LEFT, A Collaborative EP between Alwa Gordon & Alexandra The Author.

Develop Grant January 2024 Awards

Professional development funding for artists and arts organizations

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Replacing and upgrading outdated Apple Macbook for more reliable and stable use of digital recording and mixing softwares in string-driven music production studio.

Devi Pride

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

Laura DeAngelis

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

Pacific Voices

DEI Training to Support Expanding Our Membership and Audiences.

Salvador Lua

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

Loubayi Arnaud

Laptop computer for grant writing and artistic administration/communication.

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.

Jessica Carrasco

Printing Equipment to enrich and diversify creativity.

Christopher Mosley

Research and development of new techniques and ideas.

Joohee Kim Miller

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

Angelina Haro

Heat transfer printer equipment to expand my creative business.

Terre Lee

Music technology equipment for violin performance.

Daniela Urbieta-Islas

Camera equipment to develop skills for future projects.

Lucia Znamirowski

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

Support Grant January 2024 Awards

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

Royal Eagle Bear Productions

Fiscal Sponsee


Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Cabrillo Stage

Santa Cruz Opera Project

Arte Del Corazón

Motion Pacific

Tandy Beal

Santa Cruz Art League

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center

Actors' Theater of Santa Cruz


Kuumbwa Jazz Society

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)

West Performing Arts

Scotts Valley Community Theater Guild

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

The Puppetry Institute INC

Watsonville Taiko Group

Santa Cruz Juneteenth c/o Ana Elizabeth

Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony

Create Grant Spring 2023 Awards

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

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)

Community Music School of Santa Cruz

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

Museo Eduardo Carrillo

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

Loubayi Arnaud

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

Jingtian Zong

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

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)

Elisangela D. Sousa

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

Melissa Marzan

Filipino Cultural Mural in Watsonville. ($900)

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)

Estrellas de Esperanza

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

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)

Hannah Andrews

Photography equipment to pursue my wildlife photography. ($1,200)

Lynne Todaro

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

Olivia Ronan

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

Sarah Bianco

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

Rebeca Escobedo

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

Carrin Olsen

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

Biagio Scarpello

Glassblowing furnace to support local art glass business. ($1,200)

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)

Michael Alman

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

Kelly Murray

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

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)

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)

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