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Workshops on how to apply for funding through the LA County Arts Commission’s organizational grant program (OGP)

Two free workshops designed to help L.A. County-based arts organizations craft successful applications to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program (OGP) have been scheduled in the Second Supervisorial District:

Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Cecil Fergerson Gallery, 10950 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059

Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Cabaret Room, 4718 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

At the workshops, arts organizations considering applying can learn valuable skills for producing grant proposals as well as the details of the Arts Commission’s new electronic application system and changed grant guidelines. In an effort to provide more flexibility for OGP applicants during these challenging financial times, the Arts Commission now allows small and mid-sized budget applicants (OGP I, OGP II and OGP 2.5) to request support for their current organizational needs rather than projects relating to specific areas of organizational growth as required in the past.

The second section of each workshop varies. The Watts workshop on October 26 features a session on building strong arts education grant applications using the state Visual and Performing Arts content standards and quality curriculum samples. The workshop at Nate Holden Center on November 9 includes grants staff “office hours.” Staff will be available to provide guidance and answer burning grant application questions and provide information about other Arts Commission opportunities.

Additional grant application workshops in other Los Angeles County locations include:

Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, October 20
North Hollywood, Lankershim Arts Center, October 22
Long Beach, Homeland Cultural Center, Manazar Gamboa Community Theater, November 1
Pomona, dA Center for the Arts, November 5

To view complete details and register for a workshop, please visit:

(for electronic publications) http://www.lacountyarts.org/ogp_workshopsched.html

(for non-electronic publications) www.lacountyarts.org, click on “Grants,” then “Workshop Schedule.”

New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to the Organizational Grant Program are required to attend a workshop, but the workshops are designed to benefit L.A. County-based non-profit arts organizations of all sizes.

To access the OGP guidelines and application
(for electronic publications)
visit http://lacountyarts.org/ogp_programInfo.html.

(for non-electronic publications)
visit lacountyarts.org and click on “Grants.”

Or email grants@arts.lacounty.gov.

OGP grant deadlines for the 2012-14 cycle are as follows:

For organizations with revenue of more than $1.5 million
Application due date: October 19, 2011

OGP 2.5
For organizations with revenue of $500,000 to $1,499,999
Application due date: November 2, 2011

For organizations with revenue of $100,000 to $499,999
Application due date: November 16, 2011

For organizations with revenue of less than $100,000
Application due date: December 7, 2011

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to its grants program, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the regional collaboration for arts education, Arts for All; oversees the County’s Civic Art Program for capital projects; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration and a year-round music program that funds more than 70 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2011-12 President of the Arts Commission is Ollie Blanning.

Environmental Service Center at Exposition Park opens on Saturday

Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for the opening of the Environmental Service Center at Exposition Park. See the new one-stop shop for environmental resources and programs in the Second Supervisorial District. Join the Community Scientist Program and learn about the environmental research opportunities available for community leaders, teachers, and students. Enjoy a crash course in hydroponic gardens, biodiversity and bioacoustics.

The Environmental Service Center is a “one-stop” location for constituents to get information and assistance with several County initiatives to save residents money, fight global warming and promote economic development and job growth.

Adjacent to the California Science Center, the Science Center Elementary School, the County Natural History Museum and the California African American Museum, the Environmental Service Center is optimally positioned for cooperative educational events.

Below are some of the important resources it provides:

Energy Upgrade California: Los Angeles County has partnered with Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company to save homeowners money. The energy upgrade program encourages homeowners to lower their utility bills by implementing energy-saving upgrades to their houses. Home improvements that qualify for up to $6,000 in rebates and incentives include the installation of sealing, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), VAC upgrades, energy efficient windows and tank-less water heaters. The program emphasizes a “whole house” approach, rather than installing individual improvements, as the most efficient and effective way to save money on energy bills. For more information, visit www.energyupgradeca.org.

Building Program: Developers can come to the center to learn how to efficiently comply with the County’s Green Building standards. Residents can find ways to save thousands of dollars through programs such as energy-saving home improvement subsidies from utility companies.

Public Transit:
In partnership with MTA, the center will serve as a location to purchase TAP cards, find vanpool information and get other transit-related assistance.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping and Low-Impact Development:
The center will provide educational programs and information on financial incentives for homeowners, businesses and developers on state-of-the-art water conservation techniques.

Administrative Offices East
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Download the flyer here.

To RSVP, please contact Omar at (213) 741-9292.

Link Bus provides transit to Willowbrook, Florence-Firestone, Lennox and Athens

This fall, the Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Second District, unveiled “The Link”. At 25 cents a ride, the link provides an affordable and efficient transit service to connect communities to key destinations in the Willowbrook, Florence-Firestone, Lennox and Athens communities. The shuttles link our light rail systems, specifically the green and blue lines, to key destinations including schools, parks, libraries, constituent service centers and other heavy traveled destinations, encouraging residents to get out of their cars, thereby creating an economic, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation alternative.

The Link shuttles buses were designed by Sussman-Prezja with a dynamic and bright pattern to attract attention around this new service.

For information about the Willowbrook route, click here.

For information about the Florence-Firestone route, click here.

For information about the Athens route, click here.

For information about the Lennox route, click here.

Supervisors act to examine and reform Sheriff’s Department

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors today took strong action to bring greater oversight and accountability to the Sheriff’s Department, unanimously voting to establish a seven-member citizens’ commission to investigate allegations of abuse and corruption.

The commission would be tasked with reviewing the nature, depth and cause of inappropriate uses of force by deputies in the County jails and to return to the Board with recommendations for reforms.

The motion for a commission, sponsored jointly by Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas, charges the new commission with presenting its findings within 120 days of its first meeting.

In second unanimous vote, the Board also approved on a motion by Supervisor Gloria Molina, to implement existing recommendations by Special Counsel Merrick Bobb and the Office of Independent Review. The recommendations include but are not limited to: the installation of surveillance cameras at the Men’s Central Jail, the Inmate Reception center and the Twin Towers, elimination of steel-toed shoes, a revision of department policy to forbid striking inmates on the head and regular rotation of jail deputies between floors at the Men’s Central Jail and to other facilities at no less than six-month intervals.  The Board also approved an amendment by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to require the Chief Executive Office, the Internal Services Department and County Counsel to work with the Sheriff to facilitate implementation of the existing recommendations.

“These two motions are complementary,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “They are not in conflict and nor are they contradictory. Supervisor Molina’s motion calls for important and necessary steps to be made immediately, but the commission has a broader charge.

“It will not only examine past practices, it will offer the Board a roadmap to use as we move forward with reforms,” the Supervisor said.

Tuesday’s action by the board comes after report released last week by the Sheriff’s Department Office of Independent Review found that a code of silence among deputies has shielded abusive jailers and that those who break that code are subject to harassment by colleagues. The report found that eight deputies failed to report mistreatment of an inmate that was recorded on video. In another case, a deputy who reported wrongdoing received threatening phone calls, the report said.

Exercise policy supports child obesity prevention

Dr. Toni (Antronnette) Yancey, Second District Commissioner, sponsored a motion during the October 13, 2011 First 5 LA Commission meeting to pass an activity break policy to address rising rates of overweight and obese children and families throughout Los Angeles County. Prolonged periods of sedentary behavior are emerging as a threat to health and well-being for children and families independent of achieving the recommended daily amounts of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children. Significant social and cultural environmental changes are needed to support individual and family efforts to make healthier choices.

First 5 LA Commissioners unanimously adopted the activity break policy motion in an effort to set an example for the businesses and agencies they work with and the children they serve. The new policy establishes 5-10 minutes physical activity breaks during Commission meetings, meetings lasting longer than one hour, conferences, events, and other convenings sponsored by First 5 LA. The policy also encourages adoption of similar policies by grantees and partner organizations to support the need for increased physical activity among children and families served by First 5 LA.

Dr. Toni Yancey is a leader in the effort to improve the nation’s health through chronic disease and obesity prevention and physical activity promotion through research, teaching and administrative roles. She currently serves on the Board of Partnership for a Healthier America, the non-profit guiding First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. She is also co-chair of a statewide campaign Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools, after school programs, early childhood programs and communities.

Click on the following links below learn more about the new policy and join the fight against childhood obesity through exercise promotion:

First 5 LA Comission Motion (MS Word document)

Activity Break Videos:

Instant Recess® Activity Break Toolkit: