Visual arts

$200,000 in grants available for Berkeley artists and festivals

The Berkeley Civic Arts Commission is offering nearly $200,000 to local festivals and individual artists who wish to create works in the fields of dance, music, theater, visual arts, film and video, practices social or literary arts.

There are 10 grants of $4,000 each for artists and $150,000 available for arts festivals, which would be split between 10 and 25 events depending on their size. The grant application is available online and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 31.

Jennifer Lovvorn, arts commission secretary, said funding for festivals dropped in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has since been restored.

“At a time when the arts have been hit hard economically and the spirit of the community has also been negatively impacted by the ongoing pandemic, these civic arts grants support a rejuvenation of creativity and cultural celebrations. of all sizes at Berkeley,” Lovvorn said.

To apply, artists must show proof of residency in Berkeley since January 1, 2020. Anyone who is homeless or does not have permanent housing can submit documentation from a service provider or shelter.

Full-time students and municipal employees are not eligible for grants. Recipients will be required to present their work publicly (either virtually or in person depending on pandemic restrictions) at the end of the grant period in Spring 2023.

Full details and restrictions are detailed in the online application, and a Zoom FAQ is available on the grant webpage.