The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Arts in the Community-Grant cycle. The grants are available to local individuals and organizations for the 16th year in a row. This year applicants may apply for up to $2,000 to fund arts projects which will benefit the city and residents of Lafayette. Last year over $17,000 was awarded to projects which represented dance, music, visual arts, theater, poetry, film, festivals, and multi-media for children and adults. The grant application is available from the City of Lafayette website; www.cityoflafayette.com/grants. Grant applications open on Monday, July 22, and the deadline is September 9, 2019 with funds distributed in January 2020.
Last year, Arts in Community supported Imagine’s Centre Stage for Kids, Motus Theater’s program “UndocuAmerica Autobiographical Monologue”, 2019 Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival, Crone's Eye View Artists Exhibit, and Festival of Faerie 2019 - "Uni-quely You; Be Yourself Everyone Else is Taken". Other grants have provided support to organizations such as WOW! Children’s Museum, Peanut Butter Players, Reverence Academy of Dance, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and Public Works Theatre Company.
The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission looks for opportunities to collaborate with and/or provide support to community organizations to expand programming for the community. LCAC chair, Karen Raforth, highlighted that “Few people realize that the arts stimulates our city’s economy and enhances learning for our children- in addition to providing the ‘glue’ that helps keep our city thriving. Art grants support all residents-even if you are not a participant!”
According to Susan Booker, Director of Arts & Cultural Resources, more than 115 grants have been awarded for community art and cultural projects over the past 6 years. “This is a great opportunity for local artists and organizations to continue to build Lafayette’s creative, diverse and eclectic community. LCAC is in full support of this community identity and continues to nurture cultural endeavors in Lafayette.”
A total of more than $70,000 has been given out, helping to provide more than $400,000 worth of programming to the community. The Cultural Resources Division annually administers Arts in Community Grants and Arts in Education Grants, which provide funds for arts and cultural projects in local schools. Find out more about these comprehensive programs at www.cityoflafayette.com/culturalresources.