Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir's Community Engagement Program Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

State funds support arts projects in California’s historically marginalized communities

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $16,200 to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program provides support for community-driven arts project for small and mid-sized arts organizations. The program fosters equity, access, and opportunity for historically marginalized communities by cultivating community participation in art making, learning, and exposure.

Projects provide access to arts participation and representation of and by the community identified in the application. Historically marginalized communities include specific ethnic and tribal groups, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, low-income and rural communities, and immigrant and refugee communities.

OIGC typically performs more than thirty times each year, delivering a musical experience to institutionalized and underserved audiences at venues such as the Mercy Retirement Home and the Crossroads Homeless Shelter; serving the general public with free admission events such as the City Center Holiday Concert and Oakland Tree Lighting; and appearing at most major Oakland events, like the annual Art & Soul Festival.

The Choir remains on call for the community in times of need and assists other nonprofit organizations through performances at events such as the Break Bread Concert with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Living Jazz’s MLK Jr. Tribute at Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center, and Allen Temple AIDS Ministry. OIGC has performed at benefits for the Jewish Music Festival, Black History Month events, and the Alameda County Food Bank.

OIGC is one of 133 grantees across California chosen for the Local Impact program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“The Local Impact grant program strikes at the heart of the issue of access and equity in the arts,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council. “OIGC’s project is crucial to help arts and culture opportunities reach California’s marginalized communities, and to promote the unique creative expressions within that community.”

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To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/FY1718_ProjectDescriptions_LI.pdf.

 

About CA Arts:

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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