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We are pleased to announce our recent grants!

We are excited to announce that we were recently awarded three grants that will enable us to take on new projects for our community. These grants fortify our fundraising efforts and strengthen our ability to give back to our audience. Please consider donating to enable us to execute these projects! Take a look below to see what we will be working on.

San Francisco, CA - Aunt Lute is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of The California Arts Council Local Impact grant. Local Impact supports community-driven arts projects for small and mid-sized arts organizations to foster equity, access, and opportunity in historically marginalized communities by centering the arts as a vehicle for building strong, healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities.

The California Arts Council in May announced a record-setting $29,951,200 in support for arts and culture in California. A total of 1,534 grants have been awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The investment marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history.

We are so excited to be one of the many recipients who aim to have a local impact and celebrate our local community! So stay tuned for updates through our social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and our newsletter which you can sign up for here!

You can find the other Local Impact grant recipients here.

"Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting our state's communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California's historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency's vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees.

The California Arts Council's grant programs are administered through a multistep, public process. Following an open call for applications, submissions are adjudicated by peer review panels made up of experts from the arts and cultural fields and representative of California's diverse geography; racial, ethnic, and gender identities; perspectives and knowledge. Based on panel recommendations and availability of funds, the Council voted on grant awards at public meetings on February 5 and April 1. Grant activities may begin July 1, 2020.

Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to visit the California Arts Council website to learn about future grant opportunities as details become available. Notification of grant program guidelines, applications, and technical assistance opportunities will be also published in the California Arts Council's weekly e-newsletter, ArtBeat. Subscribe at

San Francisco, CA — Aunt Lute is please to announce that we are a recipient of the 2020 Humanities for All Project Grant program.

After a highly competitive process, Aunt Lute was selected as one of 16 applicants to receive funding to create new projects. Our proposal centered on the theme of Home in the Bay and our project director is our founder Joan Pinkvoss.

Home in the Bay is focused on celebrating the vibrant area we are based in and the history here in the Bay Area that makes this place our homes. What does that look like for different communities? We have committed to holding several events to recognize and appreciate the many meanings that home holds for each of us. With COVID, the way we hold those events has changed from our initial application, but we are invigorated by the other possibilities in event hosting this change could bring.

So stay tuned for updates through our social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and our newsletter which you can sign up for here!

The 16 Humanities for All Project Grants include a range of locally-initiated public humanities projects from across California. Some grantee projects include the development of a new performance and dialogue project in Santa Monica exploring the experience of refugees and asylum seekers, a retrospective exhibition in San Diego featuring the work of Chicana artist Yolanda López, and a year-long series of community conversations in Oxnard highlighting the people, places, and perspectives surrounding homelessness. Every project in this round of grants contributes to a rich portrayal of California’s culture, people, and history.

You can learn more about the other recipients here.

“Our Humanities for All Project Grant program is always very competitive and drew applicants from across California this spring,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We are very pleased that California Humanities supports these 16 projects, which will share high-quality public humanities events and programming with the people of California while raising awareness on a variety of relevant issues that face our state.”

The Project Grant program, a branch of our Humanities for All grants, offers funding (from $10,000 to $20,000) awarded twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities.

San Francisco, CA - We are pleased to announce that Aunt Lute is a recipient of a Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts grant.

This grant supports us in our goal to give back to our local community in the thriving and resilient Bay Area. As one of over forty Community Arts grant recipients, we are so excited to be able to create and collaborate in these ways.

We will be working on doing just that in the future so follow us on social media to stay up-to-date! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and our newsletter which you can sign up for here!

In 2020 the Zellerbach Family Foundation has made 66 grants totaling $1,334,800. We are thankful to be included on that list.

The Zellerbach Family Foundation aims to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities and has been at work for over 150 years, over 60 of those grantmaking in the Bay Area. Their values are responsibility, perpetuity, innovation, openness, diversity, self-determination, collaboration, and shared leadership.

Learn more about their grants here.

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