The City of West Hollywood is pleased to offer annual grants to eligible, artists and nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance or presentation of art projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and that serve the West Hollywood community. We are now accepting applications for grant programs listed below.
A hyper-link to the general eligibility requirements and grant application for each grant opportunity is provided below.
Please note: Artist and arts organizations can only apply under one grant program.
Information for Arts Grantees (for those who have received grants)
WEHO ARTS GRANTS
2018-2019 WEHO ARTS ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION
The purpose of this grant is to assist arts organizations with budgets generally under $75,000 and an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. This grant provides two benefits for nonprofit arts organizations by supporting both the organization’s mission to provide arts programming, and to support the organization itself with technical assistance to improve its ability to fundraise, develop audiences, and build its administrative structure. In addition, this grant has a 3-year grant cycle (organizations apply with one grant application and are approved for three years of funding, pending successful completion of each annual project). Funding over 3-years is as follows: Year I - $1,500 cash award and $2,500 for technical assistance, Year II - $2,000 cash award and $2,000 for technical assistance. Year III $2,500 cash award and $1,500 for technical assistance. 2018-2019 WEHO ARTS Organizational Development Grant Eligibility Requirements [pdf]
2019 WEHO ARTIST GRANT
The purpose of this grant program is to nurture and support the long-term development of an artist’s ideas; and, to increase the capacity for artists to realize work, advance the conditions of creation, and navigate the complexities of both making art and making a career. In this grant category, individual artists will be awarded a $2,000 grant. General Eligibility Requirements
2018-2019 WEHO ARTS PROJECT GRANT APPLICATION
The purpose of this grant program is to engage residents with the arts; to bring cultural tourists to the City; to recognize and champion local cultural resources; to provide arts programming that is financially and geographically accessible for the residents of West Hollywood; to encourage organizations to do innovative programming that enhances the reputation of West Hollywood as an “Arts City.” In addition, the Maximum award any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may receive under this grant is $8,500 (annually). This grant has a 2-year grant cycle (organizations apply with a single grant application and are approved for two years of funding, pending successful completion of each annual project). 2018-2019 WEHO ARTS Project Grant Eligibility Requirements [pdf]
2019 TRANSGENDER ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
The purpose of this grant program is to encourage transgender artists and organizations to create innovative programming and artwork to be presented in the City of West Hollywood or immediately adjacent (within 5 blocks of the border of West Hollywood.); to provide tools and resources to assist transgender artists and organizations to develop their capacity to create and present their works. In addition, the maximum award any individual artist or artist collective may receive under this grant is $3,000. The Maximum award any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may receive under this grant is $5,000. General Eligibility Requirements
2019 ONE CITY ONE PRIDE GRANT
The purpose of this grant program is to recognize and champion the history and diversity of the local LGBTQ community; to engage residents and visitors with a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ experience through exhibits, film and theatre; to attract cultural tourists to the City during Pride season; to provide accessible arts programming for residents and visitors to West Hollywood; to encourage artists and organizations to create innovative programming that enhances the reputation of West Hollywood as an "Arts City." In addition, the One City One Pride theme for 2019 is “Love is Love” and applications will be reviewed with a curatorial eye toward the creative and innovative use of this theme in proposed projects. The maximum award any organization, artist collective and individual artist may receive for the screening of a completed film is $1,500, and the maximum award for the presentation of theatrical works, exhibitions and films in production is $6,000. General Eligibility Requirements
OPEN CALL - WEHO ARTS COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION
This grant supports:
- Community-based organizations that want to add artists and performances to their community programs or events, or undertake an arts education program for a specific population such as older adults, children or special needs groups;
- Small arts projects developed by educational, social service, or community-based organizations in which art is not the primary mission of the organization;
- Productions or presentations of art projects developed by small non-profit arts organizations;
The grant is:
- Designed to enhance free public events with an arts component;
- Intended to provide payment or honorariums to performers, singers, musicians, poets, or other artists;
- Designed to increase access to and/or participation in the arts and could be used for art making or arts participation activities, typically for educational purposes, in support of the organization’s mission.
OPEN CALL - WEHO LITTLE FREE LIBRARY MICRO-GRANT APPLICATION
The City of West Hollywood is providing micro-grants to City residents interested in being a steward for a Little Free Library, as part of a pilot program to bring books and literature directly into city neighborhoods. Two grants in the amount of $600 each may be provided during this fiscal year.
- WeHo Little Free Library Application [Online Application]
WEHO ARTS NON-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
OPEN CALL - Artist In Residences (Teaching Artist) - Request for Proposals
(Deadline: May 30, 2019, 12:00pm PST)
The City of West Hollywood Arts Division is seeking proposals from qualified teaching artists for a pilot interdisciplinary Artist in Residences program to serve residents of subsidized housing projects and other community members in West Hollywood. The program links both the City’s commitment to creativity and its exemplary support of social services for its residents. The program will increase the capacity of local social service providers by expanding their services through artist-led programs.
Artist In Residences (Teaching Artists) Application [Online Application]
Artist In Residences (Teaching Artists) RFP [Download RFP, Applications must be submitted through the Online Application]
OPEN CALL - Public Art Exhibition (Neon) Curator - Request for Proposals
(Deadline: May 31, 2019, 5:00pm PST)
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, teams, or firms to curate a temporary public art exhibition of contemporary neon art works. Independent curators and curators representing non-profit art organizations, art centers, galleries, and/or museums are invited to develop proposals for an engaging temporary public art exhibition of neon art work. Qualified curators will have experience and capability to perform the tasks described in the Scope of Work. Proposals may be artistic, cultural or popular in nature and may (but are not required to) feature themes related to the City's unique history.
OPEN CALL - Temporary Art Project Proposals
(Deadlines: June 30 & December 31)
The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and Art on the Outside Subcommittee reviews temporary public art projects on behalf of the City in the fields of visual and performance art, film/video, and emerging/multi-disciplinary practices. To propose a project, please use the application form found below. It is recommended that projects being proposed have a source of funding associated with them as the City receives many proposals for projects and City funding and staff resources for such projects are very limited. Applications are reviewed bi-annually at the Art on the Outside Subcommittee Meeting in January and July.
Temporary Art Project Proposal Application [Online Application]
OPEN CALL - West Hollywood Artist Registry
The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division invites individuals who live in the City of West Hollywood, identify themselves as an artist, and actively practice their craft, both in and out of the city limits, to submit their information on this form to become part of the City’s West Hollywood Artist Registry. In 2017 the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division initiated this Registry in an effort to connect with the creative people who live within the city limits. The City's Arts Division uses the Registry as a way to better understand its artist population, how to better support artists, and to inform working artists about art opportunities in West Hollywood.
West Hollywood Artist Registry [Online Application]
OPEN CALL - WEHO Muralist Roster
(Deadlines: February 28 & August 31)
Any business or commercial development interested in placing a mural on a wall, building, construction site or other location in West Hollywood, must use an artist approved by the City of West Hollywood's Arts Commission. Approved artists will be placed on the WEHO Muralist Roster as a resource for anyone seeking an artist for a mural project. In general, applications are reviewed bi-annually at the Art on the Outside Subcommittee Meeting in March and September. Invited Artist Mural Applications for City Property will be reviewed every month. Muralist Roster Applications submitted in tandem with a Commercial Business Mural Application will be reviewed at the same time.
WEHO Muralist Roster Application [Online Application]
OPEN CALL - West Hollywood Library Cultural Programming Opportunities
The West Hollywood Library campus provides opportunities for Cultural programs and displays within the public areas of the West Hollywood Library Facility. Organizations and individuals are welcome to apply. Proposals are reviewed by a committee using the criteria as described in the guidelines. Please note that the Library receives far more requests for programming than it is able to accommodate.
Applicants should plan on at least 4 months of advance lead time for proposed programs.
West Hollywood Library Cultural Program Application [Online Application]
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS - Arts Consulting Services (as needed)
From time to time, the City of West Hollywood requires experienced professional consulting support for its active arts and culture program. The City is currently gathering qualifications from interested arts consultants to establish a pool of individuals who could provide such services to the City on an as-needed basis. Examples of consulting services include: Event/Production coordination, Organizational development and/or Technical assistance for organizations and/or artists, Public Art Coordination, Public Relations, Researcher. City staff will convene at a minimum of two times a year to review applications.
OPEN CALL - 2019-2020 Summer and Winter Sounds Concert Series
The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division presents free indoor and outdoor concerts for the public each Summer and Winter. There will be four Summer concerts and three Winter concerts for a total of seven concerts during the year. Summer Sounds: Summer @ Plummer In the early Summer of 2019, the City presents two concerts featuring World Music (Klezmer, Mariachi, Latin, etc.) outdoors in Plummer Park. Jazz @ Kings Road Park In the late Summer of 2019, the City presents two concerts featuring Jazz Music of all styles outdoors in the intimate, shaded, Kings Road Park. Winter Sounds: Library Concerts In the Winter of 2019-20, the City presents three concerts featuring of various styles of music (Classical, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, etc.) indoors at the library, with a special Holiday concert in December 2019.
CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
- The WeHo Artist / Arts Opportunities Facebook Group launched to provide resident and non-resident artists with immediate knowledge of local, regional and national opportunities and calls.
- Creative City: WeHo Facebook Group was launched by local residents to better connect local artists and creative souls and provide a platform for folks to share their practices, including events and activities.
- Follow our Instagram and/or Twitter feeds @wehoarts