Los propuestas en la categoría de crear
3-D SPACE: STEREO/SCOPE
STEREO/SCOPE: Looking Forward By Looking Back utilizes the latest virtual reality technology to create a simulacrum of a Victorian era stereoviewer, in which participants will experience life in the 19th century through historical immersive 3-D still photography, digitized and enhanced for the digital age.
A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home - Community Arts Initiative
Arts and Creative Expressions (ACE) at APCH harnesses the power of creativity in South Central, Los Angeles to nurture healing, positive communication, and individual self-determination for young people, strengthen our community, and advance social change. Through our Community Arts Initiative we will expand on more than 200 classes a year in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and digital media to bring the voices of South Central young artists to the world and leading industry creatives to South Central through more than 50 public events.
The GR818ERS x UNITE
The GR818ERS x UNITE is a creative place-keeping project that serves as a physical and virtual hub for youth and community members to grow as leaders and skilled practitioners. The GR818ERS x UNITE provides artistic and athletic leadership development programs, produces community events and cultural arts festivals, and connects community members to local advocacy efforts that advance equity and inclusivity.
Jobs for Justice: Support Chrysalis’ Reentry Initiatives
Chrysalis is the leading organization in LA focused on helping formerly incarcerated individuals attain self-sufficiency through work. Each year, through classes, supportive services, and our social enterprise “Chrysalis Enterprises” (CE), we provide comprehensive job readiness training and employment for over 1,600 participants in transitional jobs. We offer these motivated individuals, 81% of whom are justice-involved, and 72% of whom have past felony convictions, a second chance in life when they need it most.
CIELO - Community for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Opportunities
The Source: Economic Stability for All
The Source is an online platform where prospective entrepreneurs and career builders are connected to coaches, business and career development videos, career building events, and more. Launched in Orange County, The Source is in the early launch phase, targeting low-income people and providing virtual opportunities to advance careers and/or launch a small business. We are seeking funding to pilot The Source in LA County and build out additional content so more people can find the support they need to pursue their economic goals.
Color Compton - "OurArchive.Me"
Color Compton’s “OurArchive.Me” preservation project.In close collaboration with youth this project aims to re/claim and re/tell BIPOC histories and stories.Using existing visual archives while also documenting current stories for future generations, youth will build their individual archive and ‘our’ collective archive.This project will help strengthen a communal identity and develop ownership over BIPOC histories.Youth involved will not only develop leadership skills and creative skills but build strong cross-generational coalitions.
Art for All
Art for All is a series of artist-led family workshops, virtual programs, onsite activities, take-home art projects, and a portable programming pod that brings arts education to all nine districts of Long Beach. At Compound our educational partner is Slanguage, a renowned artist collective, that has radicalized arts education for 25 years. We intend to raise non-status quo narratives that have been silenced and buried, speak truth to power, and reactivate public space through equity and access.
Contemporary Art League
Unity. Solidarity. Equity.
Contemporary Art League is a cooperatively owned and operated trade organization with a mission to build unity, solidarity, and equity in our field. CAL is an ambitious, long-term effort to unify and support the unprotected, under-resourced, and largely underpaid labor force of art workers within the broader creative economy in Los Angeles County. We offer community services, professional support, and advocacy opportunities to our members online and at our community center, responding directly to the needs of our community.
COOP Careers LA Expansion
COOP’s (“ko-op”) mission is to overcome underemployment for underrepresented college graduates through digital skills and peer connections. Across our sites in New York and California, we’ve launched 100+ cohorts since 2014, welcoming 1,750+ alumni. 80% of alumni overcome underemployment within one year, earning an average of almost $60,000 after three years. Through this project, we look to scale our program to serve hundreds of first-generation Los Angeles college graduates, and prepare them for well-paying careers in the digital economy.
Covenant House California
Laboratorio de Digital Dove: Estudio de formación en animación
Los jóvenes, particularmente los jóvenes de color, que experimentan la falta de vivienda en Los Ángeles merecen una capacitación de alto nivel que los conducirá a carreras muy por encima del umbral de la pobreza. La fuerza laboral y la economía del entretenimiento / efectos digitales de Los Ángeles necesitan urgentemente voces y talentos nuevos y únicos. Este programa, Laboratorio de Digital Dove: Estudio de formación en animación, prioriza la formación de jóvenes de color en los últimos procesos de animación y efectos digitales a medida que pasan de forma permanente a jóvenes que ANTIGUAMENTE sin hogar.
Ezrach Brain Trust Association
RE-ACH! Boots for the New American Dream
Ezrach Brain Trust Association is excited to partner with ArtCenter College of Design and Social Innovation department, Designmatters to develop the RE-ACH Boot. Responsibly made footwear that will reduce the carbon footprint and support our initiative to provide professional workforce development throughout the South LA community. This will serve as a strategic blueprint to surge economic growth and leverage the resources of community and faith-based organizations. This initiative will provide boots for the “New American Dream”.
Food Tribe USA
#RestaurantBailout: Bridging the Digital Divide for South Los Angeles Independent Restaurants Owners & Operators
The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the already existing challenges restaurant owners faced owned by people of color, which lead to the closures. These closures not only affected the owners but their employees, vendors, and landlords. Food Tribe wants to offer free or reduced rate technology software to minority-owned businesses in Los Angeles County.
Friends of Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA)
Girls Just Wanna Create:Diversity in Entertainment
The LA2050 grant will help prepare girls from a public STEAM school to become leaders in the entertainment fields of broadcast technology, multimedia, animation, sound engineering, and lighting. The grant will fund the startup equipment for production of music, art and broadcasting. Most importantly, this grant will enable our art program to make the latest digital technology available to a diverse community that has been grossly underserved. Please help us level the playing field for the creative geniuses of tomorrow.
Fund for Guaranteed Income (F4GI)
Ingresos garantizados: un camino político hacia la equidad
El Compromiso F4GI Compton es una iniciativa histórica de ingresos garantizados que distribuirá el alivio en efectivo recurrente a los residentes de bajos ingresos durante 2 años. Ingresos garantizados son simples pero poderosos: pagos en efectivo incondicionales, directos y continuos entregados a todos los residentes para complementar los beneficios sociales existentes. Al asegurarse de que ninguna persona caiga por debajo de un piso de ingresos definido a lo largo del tiempo, ingresos garantizados crean una verdadera red de seguridad. Permiten a las familias capear las crisis mientras que los agentes gubernamentales y los filántropos invertir directamente en el camino hacia la justicia económica.
Girls IN Focus
Shattering gender inequity, our online film program empowers girls and non-binary youth to create festival-ready films under the tutelage of Hollywood professionals in a safe, collaborative space. We teach them storytelling and technological skills, expanding our growing community of fearless filmmakers who create innovative reels that help them gain entrance into top university film programs and careers. Alumni get the opportunity to produce films made by Girls IN Focus, gain a professional credit and join our Youth Advisory Board.
Global Eye Entrepreneurs
Creating a New Ecosystem So Male Entrepreneurs of Color Can Thrive
The Global Eye Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program brings together a cohort of BIPOC and GBTQ Men of color with new business ideas and provides a comprehensive array of programming that facilities both personal and professional growth and creates a network of support and mentorship from industry leaders that, combined with linkages to capital, result in successful, thriving business. Currently in the pilot phase with the first class of entrepreneurs, Global Eye is looking to solidify and expand the programming based on its results.
Green Pines Creative, Inc. d/b/a Green Pines Media
Developing Transition Age Artists
Transition Age Artists is a documentary that highlights the need for social justice and innovation within the American foster care system. The film will reveal many of the challenges facing disconnected youth who have "aged-out" of the system. It will also feature social workers, advocates, and educators who are on the front lines of social change.The film highlights the stories of Green Pines Media artists while showcasing their exceptional talents. It will also focus on the Founder & CEO's journey from social worker to social entrepreneur.
GREHO Inc. - RDP Program (Restaurant Data Pipeline)
Impact through Data Literacy: Food service is one of LA's biggest industries and economic contributors. In a critical post-pandemic phase, our restaurants need all the tools they can use to sustain themselves. Data utility or its lack thereof has critical real world implications for restaurants. The RDP Program will help restaurants learn how to use data and: 1.) Receive personalized data training and mentorship 2.) Design, Build and Deploy their own data pipeline The goal is to facilitate business success through data based skill-building
Care First, Jails Last: Workforce Development and Healing for Formerly Incarcerated or Gang Involved Angelenos
Homeboy Industries seeks to change the way the world views, treats, and judges the most marginalized and demonized – formerly gang involved and incarcerated men, women, and youth. Our core program, the 18-month reentry program, is at the heart of our work, and delivers comprehensive wrap around services and job training through a trauma informed, healing focused lens. At Homeboy, those who are formerly gang involved or previously incarcerated, regardless of background, can get the help needed to find the best version of themselves.
Jenesse Center, Inc.
Create New Paths for Economic Equality
The mission of Jenesse's Workforce Development Program is to give survivors of domestic violence the skills, tools and support they need to achieve self-sufficiency, transforming their lives through vocational training, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and employment opportunities that recognize honor, and capitalize on their strengths, interests, and aptitudes. Jenesse helps survivors plan their future and amass the skills they will need for a lifetime of stability because poverty keeps women vulnerable to abuse and oppression.
Kaimore Career Accelerator for Economic Empowerment
We believe access to the workforce should be egalitarian. Sadly, the real world doesn’t always operate on the principle of equal opportunity. Aspiring workers often face social barriers because of their ethnicity or economic circumstances. To tackle this problem, Kaimore has developed a 16-week development experience filled with financial coaching, workforce training, project-based learning, field work and a final philanthropy project for ambitious individuals to help realize their full potential as community leaders.
KCRW Foundation, Inc.
KCRW's Create Beat
The Create Beat celebrates the creative genius of Southern California by highlighting the artists who make Los Angeles the home of the extraordinary. The program deliberately moves beyond mainstream arts institutions to engage with the creative and revolutionary humans living in our neighborhoods who make a profound and tangible impact. Through authentic, intimate stories of local changemakers, the Create Beat redefines what art and culture means in LA by proving that these spaces can be more accessible, relatable, and community-centered.
Kids In The Spotlight (KITS)
Bridging the Gap
Founded by a Black woman in 2009, KITS empowers foster youth to heal from trauma through the arts. Now, KITS is launching a Production Studio for a Cause to change the current trajectory of youth in foster care by increasing career readiness, social capital & personal wellness. Operating as a social enterprise, KITS will use the tools & labor income of the entertainment industry to provide racial & economic equity to LA’s most underserved youth through workplace training in – & the artistic outlet of – filmmaking & other creative industries.
LA Sanitation & Environment
LA Industry: Circular Textiles
LA Industry aims to create a centralized hub where material byproducts from businesses can be repurposed rather than going to landfills. This hub will create a local closed-loop market that promotes a circular economy by providing stable and consistent material streams for reuse. Two key success factors will be the management of an online material exchange platform and quality control/assurance.
Las Fotos Project
La Foto Foro: Un espacio de promoción creativa para chicas adolescentes
Nuestra visión es proporcionar una nueva plataforma para las mujeres jóvenes que utilizan su fotografía como un medio para defender sus comunidades. Convertir el espacio al aire libre de nuestra nueva galería en un espacio de exhibición donde las mujeres jóvenes pueden mostrar sus ensayos fotográficos que resaltan las injusticias encontradas en sus comunidades también proporcionará a la comunidad un foro seguro para usar estas imágenes como catalizador para el diálogo y la promoción de problemas de vivienda a la inseguridad alimentaria y la equidad económica.
Los Angeles Review of Books
LITLIT: The Little Literary Fair
LITLIT brings together independent publishers and literary arts organizations from LA, SoCal, and beyond for a two-day festival of books, panels, and discussions. This free and public event creates space for cross-cultural and collaborative dialogue between writers, readers, and publishers about the literary arts as a form of community activism, enrichment, and engagement. LITLIT is dedicated to cultivating and promoting the Los Angeles literary scene by raising public awareness and creating new opportunities for collaboration and engagement.
Lost Angels Children's Project
Lost Angels Work Program for Transitional Aged Youth
Lost Angels Children's Project offers a vocational training social enterprise program that provides high-needs transitional aged youth (TAY) with hands-on job training, career development, paid apprenticeship, and wraparound supportive services. Over one-year, the Lost Angels Work Program will teach, mentor and support approximately 36 students from the Antelope Valley. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge, skills and ability to immediately secure employment at a living wage ($17-25/hr), with benefits, in high demand industries.
Ocean degradable and home compostable flexible packaging materials made from agricultural waste
This grant will help us launch a pilot with our partner and build a small-scale production line, which equals 10,000 rolls of films. We will be upcycling 125 tons of agricultural waste and replace hundreds of tons of plastic films.
MINT100 Voices of LA: Diversifying Entrepreneurial Impact
MINT100 project is a video series that combines storytelling and research to increase the visibility and amplify the voices of entrepreneurs of color in the eyes of those with the ability to provide funding. Over the course of one year, we will identify, connect with, and share the journeys of 100 entrepreneurs of color based in LA County. We will base our project on researching facts and statistics on the ROI that a funding provider would gain by funding a diverse group of entrepreneurs while documenting the MINT100 through video interviews.
Multiplicity - Table for Ten
Creating Space for Women to Succeed
Every month, a group of women gathers online to join a female leader from fields including tech, healthcare and education discuss her professional life, her successes and failures, and to meet one another, share their thoughts and their own experiences. Women are encouraged to return monthly, build relationships and practice networking skills. Women who most need networking skills and a strong community of professional peers are often those least able to afford it. Table for Ten aims to make attendance accessible for all women.
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative (ECCII)
NALIP’s Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative (ECCII) aims to provide support to young creators through forums, networking, mentorships, summer programs, workshops, and funding for projects that will be used for entrance into higher-education institutions. This initiative targets creatives who are in the beginning stages or wish to enter the entertainment sphere but lack the knowledge, resources, and mentorship.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles Metro
Entrepreneurship in Every School
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds start-up skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant Los Angeles.
New Musicals Inc
Expansion of BIPOC Theatrical Programming
This grant will support NMI’s program which will elevate the voices of Los Angeles BIPOC artists through the development and creation of short musical theater pieces. Our goal is to develop scripts and songs of a diverse community of performers, promote the work, and showcase the finished musical theatre pieces.
Novus Think Tank
Filling the Gap
Filling the Gap provides underprivileged high school students in South Central Los Angeles with mentorship and the resources to cultivate self-agency, confidence, and purpose. Combining a curriculum centered around human development with a robust program for developing and implementing passion projects, Filling the Gap gives students access to rich and empowering experiences. Graduates of the program will have executed a project of their own, and in doing so will have developed confidence in navigating the world and their place in it.
On The Go LA
Reducir la barrera de entrada para los empresarios alimentarios locales
On The Go LA es un servicio que ayuda a los empresarios de alimentos locales a formalizar su negocio de manera fácil y asequible y a hacer crecer su base de clientes al ofrecer servicios completos de alquiler de camiones de comida a corto plazo. Brindamos a los chefs locales, restaurantes pop-ups y las empresas de catering la oportunidad de hacer crecer su negocio a través del alquiler de camiones de comida para uno o varios días. Hacemos que esto sea perfecto al proporcionar el camión, los permisos, las paradas de alto tráfico, el marketing y el apoyo operativo, lo que permite a los empresarios concentrarse en lo que hacen mejor: servir comida nueva y excelente a los residentes de Los Ángeles.
Pacific Film Foundation
Female and Finally Free
Pacific Film Foundation (PFF) dedicates a channel to support UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Achieve Gender Equality. PFF is developing a TV series, Female and Finally Free. For LA2050, PFF would invite LA County women and girls to send short video "entries" about achieving freedom from constraints, e.g., abuse, eating disorder, poverty, incarceration, bullying, discrimination, and others. Moderated videos would be streamed for public voting with winners earning a series casting shot. https://pacificfilmfoundation.org/gender-equality-5
Paige Blu Industries, Inc.
Re-Entry Growth Collective Initiative
Re-Entry Growth Collective Initiative is a collaborative training program for re-entry that provides a database for small service businesses to source candidates to scale their business. Its parallel purpose is to serve as a springboard for employment or entrepreneurship by teaching a skill set and business basics to those seeking re-entering society.
People's Pottery Project
El proyecto de cerámica de la gente
La misión de People's Pottery Project (PPP, por sus siglas en inglés) es empoderar a mujeres, personas trans y no binarias que han estado encarceladas a través del poder de la creación de arte, la defensa comunitaria y el empleo significativo a través de nuestro estudio de cerámica sin fines de lucro. PPP ofrece clases de cerámica pagadas para personas que atraviesan la transición extremadamente difícil para salir del encarcelamiento, proporcionando así una terapia de arte significativa y recursos urgentes para evitar que las personas regresen a la prisión.
Plug In South LA
Accelerating South LA’s Tech Ecosystem
The Plug In South LA Accelerator Program supports promising early-stage tech entrepreneurs from underserved and underrepresented communities who are poised to disrupt their industries. This intensive program helps Black and Latinx entrepreneurs prepare to raise capital, pitch potential investors, and develop strategies for scaling up their businesses. Local business leaders from LA’s tech ecosystem provide guidance through curated mentoring sessions that meet the entrepreneurs based on where they are in their development.
Pride In Truth
The Braz Project
The My LA2050 Challenge will provide Pride In Truth everything needed to launch the Braz Project. The Braz Project will uplift individuals impacted by the incarceration and legal systems by providing wrap around ReEntry support such as immediate needs services; vocational and education pathways; alternatives to suspension/expulsion, court, and incarceration; and programs for local youth after school. In doing so, we seek to break the chains of slavery and cultural hegemony that have oppressed our communities and families for generations.
Youth Artificial Intelligence Program
We are bridging the skills gap to new collar technology careers for opportunity youth in LA County. Using interactive play-based learning projects, youth build their digital and artificial intelligence literacy, discover emerging careers and become certified in the top ten 21st Century soft skills. Youth develop an AI Pitch for their community as a final project. This is where a community improvement idea is showcased, including the potential uses of artificial intelligence. This information sharing increases the community's awareness of AI.
Building a More Diverse Future for Film and Television through Reel Start
Reel Start is an experiential learning program launched in 2016 that works with high school age students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the entertainment industry. Each year Reel Start selects twelve deserving applicants and has them collaborate w
Women and BIPOC Women in Food Mentorship Program
Regarding Her's Women and BIPOC Women in Food Mentorship Program will help to advance women and BIPOC women in the restaurant industry by providing mentorship, education, grants and logistical support for their restaurants. Regarding Her is committed to celebrating, nurturing, and uplifting women and BIPOC women chefs making LA’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.
Wealth in Waste: LA's Textile Upcycling and Recycling
Rewilder exists to convince the world that there is wealth in waste. We focus on textile waste, partnering with industrial giants to identify, divert, and upcycle waste materials that are worthy of a second life. Upcycling materials is the best end-of-life solution for the environment. The LA2050 grant will fund the expansion of our current successful operation - R+D design lab plus high-tech upcycling - into a larger facility including closed-loop textile recycling (old clothes and fabrics into quality recycled fibers).
Women turning our purchasing power into real power to help each other.
Women made $7 trillion of US consumer and business purchases, over 85%, while women founders got only 2.2% of venture capital. It’s time we aggregate our purchasing power back to ourselves. Rush Inc is a media commerce company focused on propelling women founders and their products into the spotlight using storytelling to drive sales from woman to woman.
SankofaCity: Zero Emissions Multimodal Transportation Ecosystem
SankofaCity ZEMTE initiative will use grant funding to continue providing free on-demand shuttle services and e-bike rentals by extension of the quick start LACI ZEMCP, Leimert Park Multimodal Transportation efforts, currently available since fall 2020. Interim funding is necessary to avoid gaps in the aforementioned mobility services through the end of 2021. Alternative grant funding is allocated for a transition towards a Leimert Park community-owned and operated transportation provider solution, scheduled to launch services in early 2022.
Santa Monica Museum of Art DBA Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
Agency of Assets – Incubating LA’s Future Arts Leaders
ICA LA’s Agency of Assets program introduces youth to professions in the arts to foster a diverse and inspired arts workforce for tomorrow and shape the course of LA’s creative potential. Agency of Assets provides high school students from Downtown, East LA, and South LA paid summer jobs, workshops, excursions, and one-on-one consultation and mentoring. This seven-month diversity pipeline program engages local arts institutions, creative businesses, artists, community organizations, and the City of Los Angeles to serve 15 students each year.
Social Justice League
SJL Seeking Spotlights Program
LA’s bright stars inspire Hollywood dreams in kids all across the globe. Yet, given limited resources and opportunity, LA's underserved communities are often left in the dark. SJL's Seeking Spotlights Program aims to help at-risk LA youth explore opportunities, discover passions, and align career paths in music and entertainment. Equipped with outlets, skills, tools, and connections, each student will be uniquely positioned for success. SJL's innovative approach unlocks talent by building a stage for LA youth to create their own spotlight.
Advancing equity through education to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive skilled workforce
Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. STEM Advantage mentors, prepares and inspires women and underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We provide economic and social mobility to underserved groups, while providing a vetted pipeline of diverse talent to businesses. Through partnerships and a collective impact model, we “level the playing field” to help low-income, first generation college students graduate, launch STEM careers, and “Pay It Forward” as role models and mentors.
Textile Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles Textile Month
Textile Arts Los Angeles is developing our third annual Textile Month Los Angeles, a month-long, regional festival designed to celebrate textile creativity and promote textile awareness. This virtual (or multi-location, tbd), multi-disciplinary event will showcase a breadth of textile-related voices and expressions, bringing together museums, galleries, fashion and costume designers, curators, architects and interior designers, academia, students, and the general public. Find us in September 2021!
The Actors' Gang
Creating opportunities and community for recently incarcerated people.
The Actors’ Gang Prison Project recognized the rehabilitation process must continue beyond one’s release date and launched the Reentry Program in 2015 and provides participants with tools for emotional management, verbal communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership. The Alumni Advocacy Project launched in 2017 to create community for returning citizens. The alumni help each other succeed in attaining parole, work in the community and build healthy relationships with others. Alumni grow as individuals and artists.
The Salt Eaters Bookshop
The Salt Eaters Bookshop brings the stories of Black women, femmes, and nonbinary people to the front.
The Salt Eaters Bookshop is creating a co-working component to the shop with four desks each equipped with a desktop computer, writing materials, and printer access for local Black women, femme, or nonbinary writers, students, entrepreneurs, creatives, or organizers in need of an affirming co-working space. The funding from this grant will help support the technology and materials required for the desks as well as assist with payroll for our first part-time employee to assist in bookkeeping and managing the co-working space.
The Why Lab
Pop-Up Social Innovation Labs
The Why Lab Innovation School presents a series of three pop up social innovation labs throughout LA (virtual until further notice). These educational events bring together the community in new ways, to learn future-forward innovation skills while solving some of the biggest challenges within our city. They will explore redesigning systems, innovating new services, and fixing existing ones - with a goal toward equity, justice, and accessibility.
UBU HOLDINGS, INC.
BLACK DOLLARS MATTER
BLACK DOLLARS MATTER will grow your business by putting your business in front of 45 million, African-American consumers both online and mobile. Our BLACK DOLLARS MATTER online and mobile platform utilize technology and webinars for you to be able to buy from us, sell to us, hire us, promote us, market to us, identify us and love us. With the $1.3 trillion, African-American economy comprising one of the largest economies in the world, playing a vital role within the largest economy in the world, think of BLACK DOLLARS MATTER as a black Yelp.
Grants funds will support the integration of our existing Creative Pathways (CP) college and career readiness activities with our new Film & Digital Media Pilot (F&DM) program. In this program, low-income youth of color, current and former foster youth, justice-involved and/or LGBTQ youth receive training in the creative industry skills needed for internships and first jobs. We hope that by helping young people overcome systemic barriers to entry, they will be empowered to find career success diversifying the voices in LA’s creative workforce.
We Are Enough (fiscal sponsor Community Ventures)
The She/Her Multiplier Fund
The “Shecession” and the pandemic have hurt women, especially women of color, more than any other demographic. Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. 40+% of brown and black businesses are not coming back and the majority are women. Capital to Female founded companies decreased by 27% in 2020 while investment in men increased. We fix this by funding women investors. Female investors are twice as likely to invest in startups with one female founder, and more than three times more likely to invest in a female CEO.
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
World Premiere Production of “Trouble The Water” written by Ellen Geer and directed by Gerald C. Rivers, adapted from the novel by Rebecca Dwight Bruff
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum seeks support in order to produce the world premiere of "Trouble the Water,” directed by Gerald Rivers, in our unique 299-seat amphitheatre as part of our 2022 Repertory Season. Producing Artistic Director Ellen Geer's theatrical adaptation of Rebecca Dwight Bruff's novel on the life of Robert Smalls follows the epic life story of this African-American hero and icon. The play will run for 15 Repertory performances for all, including a "pay what you can" performance, and 3 School Days Field Trip student matinees.
Women's Voices Now
Girls' Voices Now
Girls' Voices Now empowers girls and femme-identifying youth (14-18) from under-resourced and underrepresented communities of Los Angeles County to find, develop and use their voice for positive social change through filmmaking. GVN is composed of: - a five-week intensive summer filmmaking training during which participants create their first short film; - a premiere public screening in the fall; - year-round programming for all current and past participants to continue supporting their personal, academic and professional development.
WORCS: Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services
ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY FOR ALL
WORCS: Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services (http://www.workercooperatives.org) is working in coalition with Downtown Crenshaw Rising (http://downtowncrenshaw.com). WORCS is coordinating an effort to develop worker cooperative businesses within the mall and surrounding neighborhoods that will be locally and democratically owned and operated. The grant will go toward our first development project, a worker cooperative bakery, plus a business services hub for a future network of worker cooperatives.
Wrkz is a mentorship program that allow its participants to learn more about themselves while being equipped to pursue their career. We match our participants motivation with committed resources.
Wrkz, Inc. is uplifting LA’s inner-city communities through mentorship, mental health support, and career development. We are building a community resource and support for young adults who are putting in the work to build their professional careers. On the way, we explore the world of arts and photography to discover and alleviate pain points in our participant’s career journey.