Stockton, CA – Seventeen artists and arts groups will receive grants totaling $50,000 from the Stockton Arts Commission for 2011-12. The checks will be handed out at a City Council
meeting in July.
“We received 28 applications in this cycle, following two required education
workshops in February,” SAC Grants Committee Chair Kathy Hart said. “We had some
hard decisions, and no one received all the money they requested.” The commission
allocates money annually for the grants from interest gained on a $1.3 million
endowment set up by City Council in 2000.
Groups and individual artists and their projects are:
• The Stockton Aesthetic Initiative, $700 for adolescent and teen arts and culture
• Plea for Peace, $4,000 to produce a recording of live performances of Stockton
musicians of all genres and styles, using local artists and photographers for cover
art, with shows planned for the release of the compact disc.
• Musician and teacher Rhondda Nunes, $400 to assist emerging composers and
• The Stockton Love Movement, $2,000, a project that provides mural workshops
empowering youth to use art as a tool for social change.
• Pan Afrakan Dance Company, $2,500 for an after-school outreach program
offering classes in African drumming, music, art and instrument making, dance, 2
folklore and a festival, following the curriculum of the California Visual and
Performing Arts Standards.
• Central Valley Youth Symphony, $500 sponsorship of its concert series.
• Oak Park Painting Group, $1,500 for a two-week art show featuring artists who
are seniors to be held at the Oak Park Senior Center.
• The Spiral Bridge, $1,000 for research, coordination and production of a
collaboration with the Children’s Museum, Haggin Museum and Cesar Chavez
Library for a workshop performance for students in grades 4-6 about sandhill
cranes, including instruction about the biology and the customs of cultural groups
with dances imitating cranes. It will involve costume-making and the creation of a
• Go Film!, $6,200, for a two-week workshop teaching 16 high school students to
write, direct, cast, shoot and edit their own short films in collaboration with the
San Joaquin Film Society, Teen Truth and the San Joaquin County Office of
• New Dance Company, $4,400 for a Trolley Dance in collaboration with the
Downtown Stockton Alliance, showcasing dances professionally choreographed
and performed for six particular Stockton locales.
• Stockton Chorale, $2,000 for a season finale choral performance honoring the
group’s 60th anniversary. The grant funds venue rental and the orchestral and
soloist music purchase.
• Jagged Lines of Imagination, $3,600 to fund a 12-month art club offering
members instruction and access to studio facilities for extended informal practice
• Tidewater Gallery, $2,300 to fund the Rising STARS young artists program, for
mentoring and learning the business of art, including matting, framing and
• Seaport Woodwind Quintet, $5,200 for six performances of concerts on the
musical and cultural history of Stockton, in collaboration with Delta College
dance instructor Valerie Gnassounou-Bynoe, developing materials based on 3
California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for grades 3-6. Two concerts
will take place at public venues.
• DeltaFusion from the University of the Pacific Theatre Arts department, $5,000
for an event the combines art, theatre and the many cultures of the Stockton area,
telling a group story created by student, campus and community members. The
five-week experience brings together civic and academic leaders, students, artists
and neighborhood groups working with master artists in workshops to create
large-scale puppets and learning storytelling techniques. A parade through town
and a performance at the Haggin Museum are components.
• With Our Words from Brave New Voices, $2,000, showcasing Stockton and the
spoken word with an international spoken word and slam poetry competition.
• Stockton Symphony, $6,700 in support of a family concert March 8 and 10, 2012,
based on commissioned work by Israeli composer Avner Dorman about tearing
down a wall of prejudice that has existed for four generations. The music speaks
to the conflicts and divisions in our community, encourages literacy, promotes
community dialog and brings together the diverse citizens of Stockton.
Information provided by the Stockton Arts Commission
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