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Community Arts Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline to Apply is October 27, 2017

Post Date:September 14, 2017 6:43 p.m.

The City of Davis is excited to announce the opportunity for artists and arts organizations to apply for a 2018 art grant. Community Arts grants provide funding for a wide variety of community-based arts programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts, and have been awarded by the City since 1973. This year, the City of Davis has again demonstrated a renewed investment in the arts in our community by increasing the city’s Arts budget, including $50,000 toward Community Arts grants. This money will be awarded to artists or local organizations for projects taking place between January 2018 and June 2019.

“The City is pleased to be able to provide renewed investment in the arts,” City Councilmember and Civic Arts Commission liaison Will Arnold says. “We know that art can be a catalyst for economic development, and improves quality of life for all citizens, and so the Council is proud to be providing leadership by supporting our local arts community.”

Applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply: Davis art groups, organizations and galleries, members of the university community who are extending on-campus activities into the City of Davis, non-profit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All projects must take place in the City of Davis, or directly serve the Davis community.

The city welcomes projects of all sizes that will have a positive impact on the Davis community. Continuing activities will be considered, particularly if city funding would allow the applicant to expand the scope of the event, reach new audiences, or provide expanded access to the Arts.

New this year, applicants selected for funding can receive up to $5,000. All funded projects should be completed by June 30, 2019.

Recipients of last year’s Community Arts grants include:

  • ACME Theatre Company / Production of free public performances of The Jungle Book. Staged and managed by high school students, and presented using entirely donated recycled materials.
  • Art Theatre of Davis / Production of an original interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s dramatic classic The Seagull for local audiences, including special programming at Atria Living/Covell Gardens and free Thursday performances featuring talk-back sessions.
  • Chamber Players in Davis / Expand capacity for local Chamber music ensemble, including performance with local high school musicians for school-aged students and Davis community.
  • Danielle Fodor / Creation of a community-designed and community-painted mural in the Chapman/Madrone neighborhood.
  • Davis Arts Center / Creation of a la mode, an exhibit and digital catalog honoring the history of the Davis Arts Center’s Tsao Gallery.
  • Davis Community Chorale / Work with community service providers to offer complimentary tickets to underserved members of the Davis community to attend Chorale’s 2017 spring and winter performances.
  • Davis Dirt/ Production of the 2nd annual Make Music Davis festival, an all-day musical event affiliated with Make Music Day, an international public celebration of music for all ages.
  • Davis Shakespeare Ensemble / Increase organizational capacity: expand audience base, strengthen school immersion program and educational outreach to the community and expanded Summer Festival offerings.
  • Donna Jury Wren/ Provide free weekly live music concerts for community diners and staff at Davis Community Meals.
  • Pence Gallery / Engage new audiences in a series of free and low-cost hands-on workshops building on current exhibits, and designed to teach new skills, themes, and ways of seeing art.
  • Stories on Stage Davis / Stage monthly performances of contemporary fiction, identify emerging authors, celebrate and call attention to the cultural and artistic diversity on our region.
  • Third Space/ Present a series of affordable community workshops designed to empower marginalized individuals through creative activity, and encourage participants to continue producing art, forming artistic collaborations, and adding to the community’s diversity of expression.

Applications are available online at or available for pick up in the City Manager’s Office of City Hall, located at 23 Russell Blvd. This year's competition is accepting applications until Friday October 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions or additional information please contact the City Manager’s Office, Arts & Culture program at 530-757-5640 or visit Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Arts & Cultural Affairs staff for assistance with application procedures prior to applying.

For more information, please contact Rachel Hartsough, Arts & Culture Manager, City of Davis City Manager’s Office, at 530-757-5640 or

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