Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday preforming on stage with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.

On Monday, May 4, the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $19,000 to the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra as part of its Arts Exposure program. The funding will combine with other grants to cover expenses related to the organization’s annual concerts for the schools in 2021.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity,” said Symphony Executive Director Anne Viricel. “These performances are incredibly important to the cultural vitality of our community and it is only through generous grants like this that we are able to provide them.”

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The investment of nearly $30 million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history.

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity and inclusion; community vibrancy; arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting the state’s communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens and California’s historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency’s vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

“Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, chair of the California Arts Council. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

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