The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced that it plans to award $56,000 to Automata Arts, in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice, as part of its Creative California Communities program. We are one of only forty-one grantees statewide for this program.
The Creative California Communities program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as vehicles for creative placemaking. Supported projects represent the distinct character and quality of a community and present a vision for enhancing the social or economic livability of that community through the arts. Projects benefit residents and visitors to California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities. All projects are designed and developed by a nonprofit arts organization in collaboration with at least one partnering organization, and centralize California artists and their work in the project design and implementation.
Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice will partner with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, in addition to a handful of local businesses, to continue our launch of NEW/NET, a new creative development platform and resource for Los Angeles-based artists working in contemporary performance with robust programs in professional development, innovative shared audience engagement strategies, a web-based publishing platform, and economic infusion through direct opportunities for artists.
NEW/NET, as a platform, will provide creative residency support for the generation of new projects at Automata and CAP UCLA, in addition to other partnering sites. The platform will continue to hold Free Advice, a one-on-one consultation service for artists in the Los Angeles area hosted monthly at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, and will soon create a performance viewing club and a workshop series for creative and professional development, with sessions led by the Los Angeles Performance Practice producing team and established artists in the field.
Projects programmed as part of the upcoming Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival, produced by Los Angeles Performance Project, will pilot new initiatives designed to provide context and online engagement for audiences interested in contemporary dance and performance. Online resources will become available in September.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the support of the California Arts Council in launching NEW/NET as a strategy to benefit dozens of artists working in performance in Los Angeles,” said Miranda Wright, Executive Director of Los Angeles Performance Practice.
“This is a unique opportunity for me to fuse artist-centered programs at Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice, and to further our existing relationship with CAP UCLA, where I have been the Curatorial Artist in Residence for the past year. It is without question that artists in Los Angeles need and deserve an enhanced infrastructure for the generation of work that is reflective of our contemporary society, which is often marred by tragedy, as they create opportunities for all of us to gather together for a shared creative experience.”
The news of Automata’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”
The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17 announced last week.
Automata is a non-profit organization in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles, dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface. Automata creates and nurtures new work that is engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated. www.automata-la.org
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community. It is comprised of independent artists and companies who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement. LAPP serves artists through three key programs: selective project producing & management, the annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival, and NEW/NET, an artist and audience development platform. www.losangelesperformancepracice.org www.liveartsexchange.org
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. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.