The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce that the 2017 Risk and Innovation Grant Application and Guidelines are now available on the Arts Council’s website. There is a total of $4,000 in grant funding and four awards of $1,000 will be granted. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.

The Arts Council believes in the transformative power of the arts. Through the Risk and Innovation Grant, we invite our creative community to explore problems in our city, nation and world. The arts are a platform for community engagement, collaborative problem solving and creative expression.The Arts Council invites local artists, performers, collectives and groups to create a work of art that expresses how they feel about an issue in our current political and social climate. Artists may approach this project in three ways: use an issue you care about to create a work of art that communicates your perspective and passion; learn about an issue that does not impact your everyday life and create a work of art that builds awareness; use social practice to bring people together for a collaborative creative effort. The projects will be presented in a public forum between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017.