At the start of this month the California Arts Council announced a new slate of recipients for state art grants, and multiple Downtown-based organizations were among those chosen. Those include the Heidi Duckler Dance company, which received a total of $263,600 for projects including dance salons at the Bendix Building, as well as the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, which received $18,000 for a bilingual calligraphy workshop for seniors.

Other Downtown-related winners include Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which will stage musical workshops at Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission, L.A. Opera, which is working on a Spanish-language program in East L.A. and Inner-City Arts, which will offer art classes to youth working with Homeboy Industries. The grants were awarded through multiple categories, including ones aimed toward making an impact in their local communities and programs focused on helping youth in the juvenile justice system.

The state announced a total of $24,508,541 in grand funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the highest the California Arts Council has awarded since the 2000-2001 fiscal year. The full list of winners is available at