The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the launch of the Culture Alive funding initiative. In an effort to achieve greater cultural equity, Culture Alive will support a variety of artistic expressions and traditions practiced within diverse ALANA (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) communities and/or cultural groups in Austin. Awards up to $5,000 are available for eligible applicants to enrich the Austin community through the documentation, practice, and sharing of traditional art forms.
“Keeping alive the distinct cultural traditions within our diverse community is key to the long-term preservation of Austin’s heritage, artistic landscape, and neighborhood identity,” remarked Meghan Wells, Manager of the Cultural Arts Division. “Culture Alive is an important step towards that goal and will raise awareness and increase understanding of artistic practices grown from traditions that may be endangered or unknown in a broad civic context.”
This program is geared specifically to support ALANA communities in Austin through an arts-centric platform for community building and strengthening cultural traditions. ALANA groups and individual artists representing underserved communities, including low-income, immigrant and refugee communities, first time applicants, and projects involving seniors or youth are encouraged to apply.
Culture Alive aims to:
Preserve or grow cultural heritage or artistic expression that is rooted in and reflective of a traditional or multigenerational creative practice
Promote and share with a larger public audience Austin’s diverse cultural heritage and traditional art forms
Teach traditional forms of artistic expression to new generations of practitioners
Artists and arts organizations may apply for funding of projects including the creation of artwork, documentation, and presentation of folk and traditional art forms. This includes individual artists working in contemporary art form(s) and/or making contemporary work that is inspired by or draws upon folk or traditional art forms. Projects may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. All projects must have a public component such as a performance, concert, exhibition, film, reading, workshop or other activity that is open to and engages members of a larger community.
Culture Alive funding will be awarded on a monthly basis, and applications will be due the last Monday of each month. January 30th is the first deadline to apply.