The City of West Hollywood presents the 2021 WeHo Artist Grantees with a special virtual discussion on December 15, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Click here to register.
This year’s WeHo Artist Grantees include:
- Antonio Rael – a visual artist who has been a WeHo resident for the past 30 years, he is known for creating and donating art to LGBTQ causes. He hopes that this grant will support the creation of new paintings, which bring positive imagery to the community.
- Samantha Lavin – an award-winning DGA director, assistant director and writer who has worked on film/television projects including Lucifer, The Mayor and Criminal Minds. She believes that film making is a collaborative process and a natural fit for community engagement in West Hollywood. She has previously served on the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board.
- Tristan Kilmer – a senior industry artist with a degree in experimental animation from Cal Arts. His professional work includes being a previsualization artist at Digital Domain (on Star Trek Picard and Freeguy), animator at Halon (for Disintegration and Borderlands 3 cinematics), key layout artist at MPC (for Detective Pikachu, Aquaman, Dumbo, The Predator and more), and an animation director at One Roof Entertainment (for 2001: An Edm Odyssey). He hopes that this grant will allow him to improve the performance of his digital actors.
The City of West Hollywood provides funding support, through arts 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.
The Performing Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee (PACA) of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission provides primary oversight and evaluation of the Arts Grant Program on behalf of the Commission, recommending proposed changes to policy, funding, and guideline language, which is then forwarded to the full Commission for approval.
The West Hollywood Arts Grant Program is divided into six (6) grant categories: Arts Project Grant, Community Arts Grant, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Project Grant, Organizational Development Grant, Transgender Arts Initiative Grant, and the WeHo Artist Grant. Grant categories are defined with specific objectives and requirements which are detailed in the grant guidelines.
HOW TO APPLY
The City of West Hollywood invites and encourage artists and organizations representing diverse populations and diverse artistic disciplines to apply for these grants. As stated in our Cultural Equity Statement, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission’s definition of diversity includes all ways in which people differ, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, education, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, geography, citizenship status, religion, language, physical appearance, and the intersection of these various identities. We commit to ensuring cultural equity in all arts policies and practices.
Our full list of grant categories, guidelines and applications are displayed on a separate page here.