The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $40,000 to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) as part of its Creative Youth Development program in its final round of funding for 2022.
These state funds will support the upcoming program, “DŌ (THE WAY): Traditional Japanese Arts for Young Adults.” For this two-year, hands-on program, JACCC will recruit a small cohort of young adults to build transferable life skills while training with culture-bearers in the traditional Japanese art forms of kadō (way of the flower), sadō (way of tea), shodō (way of writing), and origami (paper folding). The state funds will complement a generous $50,000 that this program previously received from the L.L. Foundation for Youth.
"We are delighted to receive the California Arts Council's generous support for this important program for young adults," said Patricia Wyatt, JACCC President and CEO. "This allows us to build a cross-generational educational experience that unites Senior culture-bearers and LA youth in celebration of our traditional and contemporary cultural expressions."
Additional information and instructions on how to apply for the program are available here.
JACCC was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards totaling more than $2.8 million across 48 grants supporting artists, culture bearers, and cultural workers throughout the state of California.
The final round of funding for the 2022 grant season included three opportunities in support of arts education and creative youth development, grantee technical assistance, and funding to identify a partner administering organization to regrant funds for individual artists fellowships in the Northern California region.
Altogether, the projected sum of grants awarded for 2022’s funding cycle is more than $145 million—by far the biggest annual investment in California Arts Council history.
“Even as we spread the word for our 2023 program offerings, we are thrilled to shine a light and celebrate California’s arts workforce with one last funding announcement for 2022,” said California Arts Council Director Jonathan Moscone. “We are deeply grateful for Governor Newsom and the Legislature’s overwhelming investment in our agency’s work to ensure an equitably supported arts sector.”
To view listings of all California Arts Council grantees for the final round of 2022, visit this link.
The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Consuelo Montoya, Chair; Vicki Estrada, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke; Caleb Duarte; Ellen Gavin; Leah Goodwin; Alex Israel; Phil Mercado; Roxanne Messina Captor; Nicola Miner; and Olivia Raynor. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
Founded in 1972, the 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 living traditions and nurture the next generation of innovative artists, culture-bearers, and thinkers.
Carolina Roque, Manager of Development & Marketing