Cultural Arts Grants

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2024 Cultural Arts Grants


01/12/2024       Grant applications are due.


      Subcommittee's recommendation is submitted to staff for inclusion in monthly agenda packet.


      City Arts Commission approves grantees for recommendation to City Council.


       Recommendations made to City Council.   


       Grant awards disseminated.


        2024 Cultural Arts Grant Completion Report due



       2024 Grant funds must have been spent or encumbered.


 If you were a recipient of FY 2022-23 Cultural Arts Grants, please submit the Completion Report form (downloadable) by Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Cultural Arts Grants for FY 2023-24 have been awarded. Timeline for FY 2024-25 grants will be announced in the fall.

Cultural Arts Grants Awarded for 2024


(Recipients of the 2024 Cultural Arts Grants -Left to right: Dan Abbott, Balboa Island Improvement Association; Penny Rodheim, Balboa Island Improvement Association; Vina Spiehler, Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar; Katherine Miranda, South Coast Repertory; Nancy Warzer-Brady, Backhausedance; Leonard Simon, City Arts Commission Vice Chair; Maureen Flanagan, City Arts Commission Chair; Marie Little, City Arts Commissioner; Wayan Kaufman, City Arts Commissioner; Barbara George, City Arts Commission Secretary)

The City Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2024 Cultural Arts Grants are as follows: 

Backhausdance: $4,000

Funding will be used for a dance education partnership program, Dance Expressions: Creativity and Choreography, to be held at three different NMUSD schools (CdM/Back Bay/NHHS) in fall 2024. This program offers an immersion into working with a professional dance company in a total of 42 one-hour workshops.

Balboa Island Improvement Association: $3,000

Funding will go towards a new season of the Balboa Island Classical Concert Series, held at St. John Vianney Chapel and Balboa Park on Agate, for 2024. A minimum of 5 classical concerts and 5 concerts in the park will be planned for the community.

Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar: $4,500

Funding will bring three vocal soloists and one trumpet soloist from across the country to Newport Beach for the 44th season finale, as well as to cover support fees for five local singers. Funds will also subsidize reduced-cost student tickets. Grant monies will help fund invitations for middle school, high school and college students from Newport Beach and nearby to attend dress rehearsals.

Pacific Chorale: $5,000

Pacific Chorale's chamber choir will present three performances at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, featuring Hanedel's Israel in Egypt in March and Carols by Candlelight in December. Tickets are free to students and social service agencies via their Intro to the Arts program.

Pacific Symphony: $3,500

Funding will go to the Class Act Music Education Program in two NMUSD schools, Andersen and Newport Coast Elementary Schools. This program trains and places union musicians into local schools where students receive the value of music learning from teaching artists.

South Coast Repertory: $5,000

Funding will be used for the Theatre for Young Audiences free school-day matinee performance of Alice in Wonderland for students, augmented with daytime and evening performances for the general public. Empty heading