Grantmaking

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 perez  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.

Dino perez

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.

Adriana Martinez      (Sketchbook Club Community workshops)     As an artist and art advocate I focus on engaging artist and non-artist alike. My mission has been to make art as accessible as possible. In 2018 I started a Sketchbook club in Santa Ana, to motivate people to stay creative but also teach them ways to use a creative outlet for forms of expression and self-manifestation. I am also part of a collective which hosts a variety of workshops focused on wellness, creativity, and culture. Conscious Culture Collective hosts workshops every last Saturday at LibroMobile. The collective is aimed at teaching a variety of subjects to create well-rounded, informed individuals. For all of these events, my mission is to create lessons that enrich participants in culture and expand knowledge of art and personal creativity.    Currently everything has been self-created and founded. Although this year I have been able to get a grant for the Sketchbook Club it is only a small portion of what I do. This money would go towards the promoting of workshops and events that I host and better promoting myself. Since there has been a lack of funds I have not been able to push these workshops and events and have had to rely heavily on word of mouth and Facebook event pages. This money would also go to the replenishing of my materials since everything has come out of pocket. I am looking forward to expanding my work and creating rich workshops for the public to enjoy with your help.     Artist Biography     Adriana Martinez is an art teacher and advocate. She shares her creativity through watercolor, sketching, handmade bookmarks, murals and multi-media. Her work explores different elements by transforming eco-friendly organic materials into diverse work. In 2018, she started the Sketchbook Club in Santa Ana to promote sketchbook activities and creativity.   AguileraArts@gmail.com

Adriana Martinez

(Sketchbook Club Community workshops)

As an artist and art advocate I focus on engaging artist and non-artist alike. My mission has been to make art as accessible as possible. In 2018 I started a Sketchbook club in Santa Ana, to motivate people to stay creative but also teach them ways to use a creative outlet for forms of expression and self-manifestation. I am also part of a collective which hosts a variety of workshops focused on wellness, creativity, and culture. Conscious Culture Collective hosts workshops every last Saturday at LibroMobile. The collective is aimed at teaching a variety of subjects to create well-rounded, informed individuals. For all of these events, my mission is to create lessons that enrich participants in culture and expand knowledge of art and personal creativity.

Currently everything has been self-created and founded. Although this year I have been able to get a grant for the Sketchbook Club it is only a small portion of what I do. This money would go towards the promoting of workshops and events that I host and better promoting myself. Since there has been a lack of funds I have not been able to push these workshops and events and have had to rely heavily on word of mouth and Facebook event pages. This money would also go to the replenishing of my materials since everything has come out of pocket. I am looking forward to expanding my work and creating rich workshops for the public to enjoy with your help.

Artist Biography

Adriana Martinez is an art teacher and advocate. She shares her creativity through watercolor, sketching, handmade bookmarks, murals and multi-media. Her work explores different elements by transforming eco-friendly organic materials into diverse work. In 2018, she started the Sketchbook Club in Santa Ana to promote sketchbook activities and creativity.

AguileraArts@gmail.com

Jenny Lynn    (PHOTOGRAPY SHOWCASE & Presentations)   I use my art to promote understanding. My art includes riveting images that span from lands as far as Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, to places right here in Santa Ana, Los Angeles where I have covered everything from Social Movements to the creation of Documentaries about the arts and artists. Currently, I have 18 printed images that are tattered that need to be re-matted in order to be gallery ready, and new description plaques are needed for 30 additional pieces. I also have up-cycled wood for wood transfer pieces and this funding will go towards printing the paper and the sealant needed to produce large scale wood transfers. My hope is to continue to educate audiences through my work and to showcase at a series of locally selected venues in Santa Ana and throughout the Orange County Region Upcoming spaces include showcasing my work at Markara Center for the Arts.   Artist Biography   Jenny Lynn otherwise known as “Steady Jenny” is a mother, activist, artist, musician, and a student of life who strives to leave this place better than how she found it. She has been involved in the Santa Ana artist and activist community for almost a decade, working with artist coalitions and businesses all over Santa Ana. Jenny has been in many group shows and solo exhibitions and is also a key organizer in the #MeToo movement. She taught & ran her own photo program with underserved Santa Ana youth at Bowers Museum for five years, taught a multimedia class at OCCTAC, and aside from her own media business, is currently working with the Santa Ana History Room. She recently directed and shot “Here To Stay,” the mini-documentary featured at this past year about local Chicana Muralist Marina Aguilera, from Santa Ana.   steadyjenny@gmail.com

Jenny Lynn

(PHOTOGRAPY SHOWCASE & Presentations)

I use my art to promote understanding. My art includes riveting images that span from lands as far as Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, to places right here in Santa Ana, Los Angeles where I have covered everything from Social Movements to the creation of Documentaries about the arts and artists. Currently, I have 18 printed images that are tattered that need to be re-matted in order to be gallery ready, and new description plaques are needed for 30 additional pieces. I also have up-cycled wood for wood transfer pieces and this funding will go towards printing the paper and the sealant needed to produce large scale wood transfers. My hope is to continue to educate audiences through my work and to showcase at a series of locally selected venues in Santa Ana and throughout the Orange County Region Upcoming spaces include showcasing my work at Markara Center for the Arts.

Artist Biography

Jenny Lynn otherwise known as “Steady Jenny” is a mother, activist, artist, musician, and a student of life who strives to leave this place better than how she found it. She has been involved in the Santa Ana artist and activist community for almost a decade, working with artist coalitions and businesses all over Santa Ana. Jenny has been in many group shows and solo exhibitions and is also a key organizer in the #MeToo movement. She taught & ran her own photo program with underserved Santa Ana youth at Bowers Museum for five years, taught a multimedia class at OCCTAC, and aside from her own media business, is currently working with the Santa Ana History Room. She recently directed and shot “Here To Stay,” the mini-documentary featured at this past year about local Chicana Muralist Marina Aguilera, from Santa Ana.

steadyjenny@gmail.com

Shiv   I am a former BigLaw Corporate Securities attorney who found life when death knocked at my door. My own extraordinary life began when I took charge and strayed from the path others laid out for me. In 2000, I made a conscious commitment to be “undefinable.” I was tired of fitting into a drop box when people asked what I did.  I wanted them to know WHO I am on the planet, not what I did for a living. And I wanted to know who there were beyond a job title and descrption-have you ever found that’s how we often communicate, by what we do and not who we are on  the planet?  I was done with following the rules only to have an empty life, deteriorating health, an expanding waistline, and only money in the bank to show for it.  I grew up being told that if I worked hard I could do and have anything. I worked hard, very hard, and the harder I worked, the more I earned and the more my time did not belong to me. I most certainly was not living the life of having or doing anything I desired.  I became a prisoner to my life. Of course now I realize that though my job was my prison, it was actually me that was the jailer. I held the key to my freedom yet did not realize this until I almost died.  As a six figure, international corporate lawyer my move to America was seen as “successful.” This is what I had wanted yet in getting there I felt so very empty and even more alone.  At over 200 pounds, I found myself fighting for my health, and to be honest, my sanity, I was blessed with nearly dying in a house fire. It is amazing how death brings everything into a different perspective. Three months later I walked out of that life and into a new volume of a story yet to unfold.  After what I now call my “10 Year Odyssey” I emerged on the other side of the law. There I found a life, where it is brighter, lighter, happier and definitely healthier than I ever thought possible.  What could be possible for you? It may be your job, your partner, you life circumstances-you know when your life doesn’t fit who you are.  Today I am committed to partnering with others who realize that the path laid is no longer theirs, those who know it is time to forge a new route, to go a different way to get a different result. Are you ready to start a new roadmap, no matter where you are in life, to a journey that is uniquely yours to have, a journey that starts with loving yourself from the inside out?  You don’t have to know where you are going or how you are going to get there. You just need to know that where you are is not where you want to be and we can figure the rest out together.  Once you determine that where you are is not where you want to be, and that you are worthy of love, especially from yourself, everything becomes possible. It takes a vision, a plan, action, support and accountability, and, together with Cemaaj, I am here to walk with you every step of the way.  It is time to Live, Love and Be Loved—from the inside out.   https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCookandButler    https://onewomanrevolution.tv/meet-shiv-cemaaj/

Shiv

I am a former BigLaw Corporate Securities attorney who found life when death knocked at my door. My own extraordinary life began when I took charge and strayed from the path others laid out for me. In 2000, I made a conscious commitment to be “undefinable.” I was tired of fitting into a drop box when people asked what I did.

I wanted them to know WHO I am on the planet, not what I did for a living. And I wanted to know who there were beyond a job title and descrption-have you ever found that’s how we often communicate, by what we do and not who we are on

the planet?

I was done with following the rules only to have an empty life, deteriorating health, an expanding waistline, and only money in the bank to show for it.

I grew up being told that if I worked hard I could do and have anything. I worked hard, very hard, and the harder I worked, the more I earned and the more my time did not belong to me. I most certainly was not living the life of having or doing anything I desired.

I became a prisoner to my life. Of course now I realize that though my job was my prison, it was actually me that was the jailer. I held the key to my freedom yet did not realize this until I almost died.

As a six figure, international corporate lawyer my move to America was seen as “successful.” This is what I had wanted yet in getting there I felt so very empty and even more alone.

At over 200 pounds, I found myself fighting for my health, and to be honest, my sanity, I was blessed with nearly dying in a house fire. It is amazing how death brings everything into a different perspective. Three months later I walked out of that life and into a new volume of a story yet to unfold.

After what I now call my “10 Year Odyssey” I emerged on the other side of the law. There I found a life, where it is brighter, lighter, happier and definitely healthier than I ever thought possible.

What could be possible for you? It may be your job, your partner, you life circumstances-you know when your life doesn’t fit who you are.

Today I am committed to partnering with others who realize that the path laid is no longer theirs, those who know it is time to forge a new route, to go a different way to get a different result. Are you ready to start a new roadmap, no matter where you are in life, to a journey that is uniquely yours to have, a journey that starts with loving yourself from the inside out?

You don’t have to know where you are going or how you are going to get there. You just need to know that where you are is not where you want to be and we can figure the rest out together.

Once you determine that where you are is not where you want to be, and that you are worthy of love, especially from yourself, everything becomes possible. It takes a vision, a plan, action, support and accountability, and, together with Cemaaj, I am here to walk with you every step of the way.

It is time to Live, Love and Be Loved—from the inside out.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCookandButler

https://onewomanrevolution.tv/meet-shiv-cemaaj/

Marcus Omari    (POETIC REFORM PARTY Workshops & Showcase)   Poetry has always been the sacred art of connecting ideas, ideals, images, and imagination to  the core of our humanity. It is an art rooted in opening doors as well as minds. All over this  country we can see evidence and examples of how Poets are using their art to give back in  ways that revitalize existing communities and spur on a new generation of artists. Orange  County artists, youthful and mature, are yearning for a similar renaissance here. The movement  has already begun to reactivate and reconnect creative writing communities across multiple  regions in The OC. With generous funding from Community Engagement in support of Poetic  Reform Party, we will be able to more comfortably continue this mission to establish and  cultivate a reliable network of artistic resources and support. Staring with the following  endeavors...    ● 3 Writing Workshops (local schools)  ● 3 Performance Workshops (local libraries)  ● 3 Poetic Performance Showcases (community venue)    Funding assists with managing the costs of participant workshop materials, flyers, instructor  stipend, performance honorarium, media (web/photography/video), space rentals, even the  occasional insurance costs associated with one-time usage of certain performance spaces.  Poetic Reform Party has provided similar workshops and showcases in the past with amazing  results, all from self-sourced revenue or directly out of pocket. Unfortunately, the very real need  to support oneself in order to effectively support the community has limited our ability to provide  a sustained and consistent amount of time. We know that these funds will greatly help us dig  into our purpose in reinvigorating a more educated, entertaining and self-sustained literary arts  community.   theomarifactor@gmail.com

Marcus Omari

(POETIC REFORM PARTY Workshops & Showcase)

Poetry has always been the sacred art of connecting ideas, ideals, images, and imagination to

the core of our humanity. It is an art rooted in opening doors as well as minds. All over this

country we can see evidence and examples of how Poets are using their art to give back in

ways that revitalize existing communities and spur on a new generation of artists. Orange

County artists, youthful and mature, are yearning for a similar renaissance here. The movement

has already begun to reactivate and reconnect creative writing communities across multiple

regions in The OC. With generous funding from Community Engagement in support of Poetic

Reform Party, we will be able to more comfortably continue this mission to establish and

cultivate a reliable network of artistic resources and support. Staring with the following

endeavors...

● 3 Writing Workshops (local schools)

● 3 Performance Workshops (local libraries)

● 3 Poetic Performance Showcases (community venue)

Funding assists with managing the costs of participant workshop materials, flyers, instructor

stipend, performance honorarium, media (web/photography/video), space rentals, even the

occasional insurance costs associated with one-time usage of certain performance spaces.

Poetic Reform Party has provided similar workshops and showcases in the past with amazing

results, all from self-sourced revenue or directly out of pocket. Unfortunately, the very real need

to support oneself in order to effectively support the community has limited our ability to provide

a sustained and consistent amount of time. We know that these funds will greatly help us dig

into our purpose in reinvigorating a more educated, entertaining and self-sustained literary arts

community.

theomarifactor@gmail.com

Ruben Salazar      (BLUE LOT, STREET ART PROJECT)     I will develop a program inviting local and outside street artists to participate in creating galleries every couple of months on existing panel boards as well as building new panels. Unknown artists will be exposed on a huge level advertising there work in a heavily trafficked area and enable them to get commissioned for future art projects. The Blue Lot is a significant back drop for creating an atmosphere for all those within and outside of our community.    The overall vision for the Blue Lot is to create the first multi-purpose outdoor gallery and event center for the local art community, including a farmers market, music venue, pop-up events, and flea market. I intend to beautify the property by managing the wood paneling, cleaning the property and investing in local artist that are not financially able to create their visions with the purchase of their supplies.   badfishmusic@gmail.com

Ruben Salazar

(BLUE LOT, STREET ART PROJECT)

I will develop a program inviting local and outside street artists to participate in creating galleries every couple of months on existing panel boards as well as building new panels. Unknown artists will be exposed on a huge level advertising there work in a heavily trafficked area and enable them to get commissioned for future art projects. The Blue Lot is a significant back drop for creating an atmosphere for all those within and outside of our community.

The overall vision for the Blue Lot is to create the first multi-purpose outdoor gallery and event center for the local art community, including a farmers market, music venue, pop-up events, and flea market. I intend to beautify the property by managing the wood paneling, cleaning the property and investing in local artist that are not financially able to create their visions with the purchase of their supplies.

badfishmusic@gmail.com

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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.

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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.