Press Release

Perenchio Foundation Awards JACCC $2.2 Million Multi-Year Operating Support Grant


Oct 28, 2022

Los Angeles, CA — The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is deeply honored to have been selected by the Perenchio Foundation as a recipient of a significant multi-year operating grant. This grant was awarded to 60 arts organizations across Los Angeles County for the vital role they play in their communities, serving historically under-resourced communities, aspiring to excellence, and driving toward organizational sustainability. This award of $2.3 million will provide JACCC with significant, unrestricted operating support over three years.

“We are honored to partner with the Perenchio Foundation in ensuring arts will continue to thrive in Los Angeles County,” said Patricia M. Wyatt, JACCC President & CEO. “JACCC has proudly served the Japanese, Japanese American and neighboring communities for more than 40 years, committing its purpose to uplift our shared history and affirm these many diverse voices. This award will continue to solidify a robust future for JACCC, where we’ll continue to be a vital place to build connections between people and cultures, locally and internationally.”

“Local arts organizations are at the very heart of LA’s vibrant creative scene. They help drive our economy, create new opportunities, and deepen cultural empathy,” Perenchio Foundation Executive Director Stephania Ramirez said. “We are investing in these vital organizations to help them build a foundation to thrive and grow.”

To select the grantees, the Perenchio Foundation used a multi-dimensional, equity-centered process, taking into consideration factors that included application review, community input from review panelists who are multidisciplinary arts practitioners, organizational financial health, leadership and governance, site visits, and alignment with the Foundation’s values and mission.

The Perenchio Foundation is a private foundation established by the late A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio. The Perenchio Foundation believes that arts play an essential role in building more equitable, culturally vibrant, and inclusive communities, and is guided by a commitment to create a positive, lasting impact in the Los Angeles region through the arts. Learn more at

Founded in 1972, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center weaves Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture into the fabric of our communities. JACCC remains firmly rooted in Little Tokyo, providing a vital place to build connections between people and cultures, locally and internationally. Through inclusive programs and authentic experiences, we continue our traditions and nurture the next generation of innovative artists, culture-bearers, and thinkers.

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