Kala Art Institute Awarded California Arts Council “Veterans in the Arts” Grant, June 12 2018

Date: June 12, 2018
Contact: Ellen Lake, Kala Art Institute, Development Director, ellen@kala.org

Kala Art Institute Awarded California Arts Council “Veterans in the Arts” Grant
State funds support unique arts programming to enrich the lives of veterans

Berkeley, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $18,000 to Kala Art Institute as part of its Veterans in the Arts program.

The Veterans in the Arts program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through the arts. The program seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. Grants support projects by nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veteran’s assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families.

This year Kala is expanding on our pilot Veterans Residency Program, providing Veteran artists with residencies and 24/7 access to Kala’s state-of-the-art technical facilities, along with the opportunity to produce work in collaboration with Kala programs, a culminating exhibition in the Kala gallery, and in-house expertise for the duration of the residency.

“As both a veteran and artist, this program has a special place in my heart. With support from the CAC we’re looking forward to supporting veterans in the studios and sharing diverse voices and projects in Kala’s gallery and through public programming.” –Amber Hoy, Kala Artist Programs Manager and Project Director for Kala’s Veterans Residency Program

Kala Art Institute is one of 34 grantees chosen for the Veterans in the Arts program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“Veterans come home as changed people. Often the impact of their service is not readily visible, or easily understood, by those they’ve come home to,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “The duty is ours to respond to the needs of our veterans and ensure they are not lost. The work of [organization name] honors its veteran community by providing a venue for creative expression, camaraderie, and compassion.”

To view a complete listing of all Veterans in the Arts grantees, visit this page.

About Kala: Kala is a vital community hub for artistic experimentation. Located in West Berkeley, Kala annually serves 125+ artist-in-residence and offers over 100 workshops open to the public in techniques ranging from screen-print to web design. Kala’s youth art programs reach 2,500 students in Alameda County public schools and through a seven-week on-site summer art camp, Camp Kala. In addition to core residency and education programs, Kala provides professional development opportunities for artists including commissions for new work, exhibitions, teaching, consulting, and art sales. With access to a wide array of traditional and digital equipment in the print studio and electronic media center, Kala fosters a fresh approach to artistic experimentation, as Kala artists investigate the interface of digital work, work made by hand, and everything in between. To learn more about Kala, please visit our website.

About CAC: 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. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more here.