Community Engagement has allocated $50,000 in 2019 for small grants to deserving individuals, projects or programs. Applicants for funding should complete the form linked here:
Projects that benefit/involve low income households and/or those living in affordable housing communities will be given preference.
Past recipients include:
Dino continues with his very successful "coloring with the community" project making quarterly stops at Triada in addition to his work with Sarah Garcia and CREAR. CE also sponsored his trip to Mexico (his first time out of the US) for the Akumal Arts Festival where he was able to mingle with muralists from around the world and contributed his own, first ever large scale mural to the Akumal pueblo.
Chulita Vinyl Club ($5,000 for Summer Rock Camp)
Chulita Vinyl Club was launched in December 2014 in San Antonio as an all-girl all-vinyl club for self-identifying women of color in the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. They stand "united as a female DJ collective spanning 7 national chapters bringing together a community of vinyl loving girls". The Santa Ana chapter was added in 2016.
Latina Breath of Fire Theater Ensemble ($5,000 unrestricted grant)
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble creates opportunities and leadership roles for Latinas in the visual and performing arts. Their aim is to produce work that reflects impacts and empowers the Latino community. They believe in the transformative power of theater and aim to raise awareness of critical issues in the community, entertain and challenge, foster cross-cultural understanding, foster cross-cultural understanding and be a catalyst for personal healing and social justice.
LibroMobile is a literary project by Red Salmon Arts & Community Engagement initiated by local author Sarah Rafael García and established in Santa Ana, California—it integrates literature, visual exhibits and year-round creative workshops and live readings.
The LibroMobile is not only mobile but also builds community and promotes literacy. It resides at Grand Central Art Center and travels throughout Santa Ana visiting a variety of communities, including Alta Baja Market and Café Calacas at Calle Cuatro.The design of the LibroMobile is nostalgic of the iconic paletero carts or fruit vendors that are part of downtown Santa Ana. To hear or see a paletero or frutero cart builds cultural interests (from locals and visitors) to know that something authentic and familiar is being offered, and LibroMobile will achieve the same connections through relevant literature.
The LibroMobile Project offers affordable books by writers of color, bilingual and Spanish books for children, youth, and adults, as well as books that speak to culture and social justice issues relevant to the local community. Stocked items will eventually include approximately 200 books ranging from handmade zines to popular titles, to small press bilingual publications, a community board to post local resources and a traveling Little Free Library—this will serve as a book exchange. When someone wants to borrow a book instead of purchasing their own copy, they will provide another book for someone else to read for free.