December 2022 Press ReleaseAdmin
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Date: December 27, 2022
Asian Culture and Media Alliance Awarded California Arts Council Creative Youth Development Program Grant
State funds support ACMA’s Take Media Arts Vocational Training Program
San Diego, CA – The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $19,000 to Asian Culture and Media Alliance or ACMA as part of its Take One program in its second round of funding for 2022.
Launched in 2016, TAKE ONE is offered to underserved transitional youth, ages 16-25, at no cost in elevating their voices with self-expression and storytelling, while fostering cultural literacy and advocacy for the arts.
“Operating at the intersections of digital media and education allowed ACMA to offer our community both high quality media programs and youth based educational initiatives to better elevate and amplify the voices in media arts within our often, marginalized BIPOC community,” said Cathlyn Choi, ACMA’s Executive Director. “We are grateful and honored to receive this grant from The California Arts Council, providing support for California’s diverse artists and creators.”
Asian Culture and Media Alliance was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards for its Cycle B programming totaling more than $41 million across more than 900 grants supporting nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state.
All told, the projected sum of grants to be awarded for 2022’s regular program funding cycle is more than $72 million—the biggest annual investment in the California Arts Council’s 46-year history, largely supported by the $40 million one-time boost in support for the agency’s creative youth and arts education development programs.
“The resilience and creativity of California’s arts and cultural field in these last three years has been remarkable,” said California Arts Council Director Jonathan Moscone. “We are proud to be able to support the great work that California’s artists, culture bearers and cultural workers are doing within our communities as an indelible part of our state’s identity.”
Cycle B’s programs include five funding opportunities for arts education and creative youth development, and related arts workforce development. Additionally, the cycle offered funding opportunities for administering organizations to regrant funds for folk and traditional arts and individual artists fellowship programs. Operational support for statewide and regional arts service organizations and networks was also available during this round of grant funding.
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Asian Culture and Media Alliance or ACMA was founded in 2013 with a mission to advance the empowerment of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities by elevating and amplifying our voices through media arts, specifically television, film and new media.
The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke, Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Ellen Gavin, Alex Israel, Phil Mercado, and Roxanne Messina Captor. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.