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Cultural Arts Grant Application 

Each year, the City of Newport Beach distributes funds to arts organizations, enabling them to expand arts programs offered to the local community. To apply, arts organizations are required to meet the following criteria and submit a Cultural Arts Grant Application by the September 27, 2013 deadline. 

To apply, arts organizations are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Only arts organizations are eligible; we do not award grants to individual artists.
  2. Arts organizations must propose projects/programs for funding that directly benefit children and adults living in Newport Beach, and schools only within the City’s geographic boundaries. Collaborative events, such as public performances or programs implemented in conjunction with the City of Newport Beach are also eligible for grants.
  3. The Arts Commission funds only arts projects/programs which will be presented before September 27, 2014, not general operating expenses.
  4. Arts organizations that received cultural grants during 2012-2013 will not be considered unless they have completed and returned their Cultural Arts Grant Completion Report, even if they have not completed some of the components of the project/program by the grant application due date.
  5. All applications must be typed or word-processed and complete with requested attachments. You may reformat on the computer as long as the font and pagination appears the same.

To be considered for a Cultural Arts Grant, the application must be completed according to the instructions and received at the Library’s Administrative Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 (this is not a postmark date). Download the following application materials:

For organizations who received Cultural Arts Grants in fiscal year 2012/2013, download these forms and submit by Friday, September 27, 2013:

The address to email, mail or hand deliver applications is:

Tim Hetherton, Library Services Manager
Arts and Cultural Services Division
Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660


The Newport Beach Arts Commission strives to satisfy as many grant requests as possible. We encourage your submittal however appreciate your cognizance of budget constraints as we work to address a growing pool of grant applicants.

Cultural Arts Grants Awarded For 2012/13 Included

ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum 
ExplorOcean/NHNM recognizes the needs of the community for an increase in educational programming and community cultural events with the launch of Family Fun Zone Fridays. ExplorOcean/NHNM developed Family Fun Zone Fridays (FFZF) to create an educational and entertainment ‘weekend launch event’ for families on Friday evenings (5:30PM – 8:30PM) during the year in Newport Beach. Launched in June, 2012, guests at FFZF enjoy a mix of hands-on activities, interactive programs, art activities and special performances that will connect them to the living museum in their backyard. Family Fun Zone Fridays were developed to meet ExplorOcean/NHNM’s interpretive goal of “creating experience based exhibits and programs that focus on the importance of informal learning while inspiring the visitor into action.”

Baroque Music Festival 
New artistic director Elizabeth Blumenstock has outlined plans for a striking new program while continuing in the traditional format. Funding for this organization will be used to hire the Baroque specialists and soloists for an opening concert of chamber music on June 16 that will feature concertos for unusual Baroque string instruments, specifically the viola d’amore, a seven string viola with an additional seven sympathetic strings. The Baroque Music Festival will also host an evening organ-recital concert on June 17 and concerts on June 19 and June 21 at Sherman Gardens. The finale concert at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church will feature Handel’s opera “Acis and Galatea (1739)” with English text by John Gay based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

South Coast Repertory Theater 
South Coast Repertory Theatre has requested funding for “Theatre for Young Audiences” (TYA), an annual series of three professionally produced plays created especially for children. Since 2003, TYA extends the range of the theater’s offerings and makes available to the community original, SCR-commissioned world premieres and existing adaptations of popular and classic children’s literature. As the only professional youth-oriented theater company in Orange County, TYA’s main purpose is to introduce the vitality and magic of professional theatre to all Orange County children, especially those in underserved areas. TYA is also a valuable tool in helping school districts meet the California Department of Education content standards for the Visual and Performing Arts and English-Language Arts at little or no cost to the schools. Every student receives a specially created program booklet. In 2012-13 the plays Robin Hood, Anastasia Krupnic, and The Night Fairy will be studied through workshops, rehearsals and performances.

Southland Opera 
Southland Opera proposes to perform either assemblies of Adventures in Song and Story or Operetta! A World Tour in each of the six elementary schools in the city of Newport Beach or sequential workshops at one Newport Beach school. In the workshop series, Southland Opera will work with four classes of students and each class will be given six 45-minute, sequential sessions. In these sessions each class creates their own original song. At the end of the workshop series, the classes perform their original pieces for the school audience and attending family members. The elementary schools from which they will choose are: Andersen, Eastbluff, Mariners, Newport Coast, Newport, and Newport Heights. All performances and/or workshops will be completed before September 27, 2013.

Festival Ballet Theatre 
Festival Ballet Theatre will bring its “Ballet to Schools” program to two Newport Beach elementary schools in November/December, 2012. Eight FBT company dancers will perform a narrated, abbreviated version of The Nutcracker, tailored for children ranging in age from five to fourteen years. A program coordinator, with the assistance of the performers, will guide the students through an interactive lesson on how pantomime, music, and costumes tell a story and express emotions without words. Students will be taught appropriate ways to express appreciation for a theatrical performance. After the performance, students will converse with the professionals through a question-and-answer session. Students will view beautiful, professional quality costumes, Pointe shoes, and props up-close. Teacher’s curriculum will be provided to encourage the educators to further interact with classes beyond the presentation.

Newport Beach Film Festival 
The Newport Beach Film Festival is planning a multi-program series, covering several days of the Festival similar to the 2012 Seminar Series and Special Screening. This will be held starting the first weekend of the Festival and concluding by the Wednesday of the Festival, at locations in Newport Beach and the surrounding area. Past seminar topics have included directing, screenwriting, production design, cinematography, film music composition, animation, documentary filmmaking and special effects. The Film Festival plans to expand the series into more free Special Screenings with extended discussions and panels with industry professionals involved in these films. The Film Festival personnel, with deep-rooted industry contacts, extensive experience in event production, outreach and marketing are key to the participation of such panelists and the execution of the event. The program will be similar to the 2012 event. The seminar topics and panelists will change annually, as it is the Film Festival’s wish to expand and improve this program to meet the needs of the community.

Newport/Mesa YMCA 
In the Newport Mesa School District several of the schools have lost their art classes due to budget cuts. Newport/Mesa YMCA feels they are the best organization to bolster these opportunities as they already serve the Newport Beach area. YMCA has provided service to 960 new memberships. The Y already offers several extracurricular activities for youth and adults including swimming, music, outdoor education, basketball, volleyball, and now their newly emerged arts program. The Y has highly qualified individuals teaching a curriculum based on the curriculum offered in area schools. The Newport/Mesa YMCA will offer varied Y Fine Art Outreach Classes from April 1 – June 10. At the end of the session the students will participate in setting up an art exhibition of the work in the YMCA’s multipurpose room.

City Arts Commission
The City of Newport Beach Arts Commission is dedicated to providing a range of free cultural programming that enriches the entire community, especially children and families. The Arts Commission sponsors multidisciplinary arts programs funded by the Cultural Arts Grant Program such as arts lectures, public art projects, and visual art exhibitions in Central Library and at City Hall. The Arts Commission extends the range of arts programming by providing additional funding for the Concerts in the Parks series and the Shakespeare in the Park festival held each summer. In 2012-13 these funds will assist with the Newport Beach Public Library’s Imagination Celebration events in May.


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