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Deadline to Apply for City Arts Grant is October 25

Post Date:September 10, 2019 2:52 pm

The City of Davis announced today the release of application guidelines for the 2020 Community Arts Grants. This annual funding is awarded through the Arts & Cultural Affairs program. The program provides funds for a wide variety of community-based arts programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity and vitality in the arts.

Eligible applicants include Davis arts groups, organizations and galleries, and members of non-profit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All projects must take place in the City of Davis. Applicants selected for funding may receive up to $5,000 and must complete their projects by June 30, 2021. More information can be found on the City’s Arts & Culture page: 

The city welcomes projects large and small that have potential to make a creative impact on the Davis community. Continuing activities will be considered, particularly if the city funding would allow the applicant to expand the event or reach new audiences, promote accessibility to the arts, and/or to continue to play a positive role in the local creative sector.

A complete listing of 2019 grant recipients can be accessed on the City’s arts page at, and some highlights from last year’s grant recipients include:

International House / Global Family Festivals

Further development and production of the monthly Global Family Festival series that aims to get children between the ages of 2 and 10 aware and engaged in the ways that Davis is connected internationally. Programs incorporate agriculture, migration of people and animals, shared celebrations around the world, historical events and trade through food, stories and hands-on activities.

Bike City Theatre Company / Salon Reading Series

Launch of a new, free to the public, monthly Salon Readings series held throughout Downtown Davis. BCTC aims to select new work by historically underrepresented voices—women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities.

Mga Kapatid / Semi-Centennial Anniversary

Production of dances, vignettes, and musical performances by Filipino-American college students, showcasing Philippine culture and history that transcends mainstream media to the Davis community.

Second Bite / The Wisdom of the Apple

Further development, community involvement in and free public showings of this large-scale immersive indoor art installation involving 100 working Apple computers and images celebrating women at 1930 5th Street.

Davis Musical Theater Company / Educational Workshops at DMTC

Institution of an ongoing educational program (six classes per year) that aims to both introduce new people to theatre as well as provide enrichment activities to cast members that will enhance the quality of productions.

Asian American Studies / Asian American Histories in the Davis Community

Development and community involvement for three projects honoring Asian Americans of Davis: 1) digital and in-person exhibitions of the life and work of Dr. Isao Fujimoto 2) children’s book event by Filipino-American authors; and 3) documentary film screening of the life and work of Larry Itliong, a leader of the United Farm Workers union.

Davis Community Chorale / Audience & Public Profile Development

Providing new “Pops” programming aiming to draw in a wider audience beyond classical music fans, presented by the Chorale’s ever-growing body of members.

 "The careful steps taken in the past few years to cultivate the City’s arts community continue to build, and we are pleased to be able to support more talented artists and programs in Davis during the coming year,” said Mayor Brett Lee. “This grant provides our Davis community with opportunities to connect through the arts: expanded access to a diverse array of creative programs, more innovative collaborations and more money going directly into the pockets of our local artists and presenters, which directly impacts our local economy."

Applications are available online at  or in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, located at 23 Russell Blvd. This year's competition is accepting applications until Friday, Oct. 25, at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.


For More Information Contact:
Rachel Hartsough,
City Manager’s Office
Arts & Cultural Affairs