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Local Arts Group Awarded State Grant for Arts Project for Veterans

 

Long Beach, CA – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced that it plans to award $8,800 to South Coast Dance Arts Alliance as part of its Veterans Initiative in the Arts program. South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, based in Long Beach is one of only thirty-three grantees state-wide for this program.

 

The Veterans Initiative in the Arts is rooted in the California Arts Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through the arts. This grant program provides project and partnership support for nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veterans’ assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military personnel, and their families through local arts programming.

 

South Coast Dance Arts Alliance will use state grants funds and community donations to create Veterans Expressions, an arts project for veterans, active military and their families. The project goals are artistic learning, creative expression, family bonding and community connection. The project includes workshops in dance, music, image, theater and production. The workshops are held every fourth Saturday from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the American Legion Post 266 in Westminster from September 2016 to June 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to create art works to perform or share at a local venue or participate in technical and stagecraft roles such as set design, audio, video and arts production. Nannette Brodie, the Artistic Director explained, “Veterans Expressions will engage participants to develop artistic expression in an enjoyable and safe environment.”

 

Earlier this year, the members of American Legion Post 266 of Westminster were solicited to provide input for the design of the project. The post members expressed interest in a multidisciplinary program involving music, dance, theater and image and in creating individual works and peer-to-peer collaboration. Marianne Choate, a US Navy veteran and member of Post 266 explained, “Art helps me release tension and stress, and improves my mood. I like music and dance as it brings me into the moment, and brightens my mood. Art makes me more positive and able to connect better with others. “

The Post’s Commander, C.P Dou’ Glass said, “Every veteran has a story to tell about courage, hope, healing, love or resilience. Creative expression facilitates healing, reduces stress and improves self-esteem. Regardless of abilities, every veteran can benefit from this program.”

Dou’Glass, a Vietnam War veteran, is leading the post’s efforts to prepare their new building for the arts program, including installing a new wooden floor, HVAC and other upgrades. Some of these will be funded by a Home Depot grant and volunteers will do the work. The post is seeking technical and material donations to finalize the renovations.

Veterans Expressions is seeking additional support from the community to fully fund the

program. Cash and in-kind donations are needed for microphones, laptop, video camera,

building materials and operations. Food and beverage establishments can help by donating goods for fundraising events or for post-workshop lunches. Donations can be made by contacting (562) 4448381,

by email VetExpressionsusa@gmail.com , or online at www.kickstarter.com/vetexpressions .

 

The news of South Coast Dance Arts Alliance’s grant was featured as part of a larger

announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php .

“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”

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The South Coast Dance Arts Alliance uses dance to promote imagination, expression,

communication and selfesteem. The mission of the organization is to bring quality arts

experiences to a wide audience, which includes a strong commitment to educational outreach. The South Coast Dance Arts Alliance supports the operation and activities of the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, (NBDT), a professional modern dance company.

 

The American Legion Post 266 MayhewVincent was formed by two blind veterans, John

Mayhew and John Vincent in the 1970s. It is the only chartered blind and disabled post in the nation. Post 266 has been welcoming disabled veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces for over 40 years. Last year the Post succeeded in acquiring its own building on Westminster Blvd which is now undergoing extensive renovations to prepare for hosting programs and services for veterans. The Post Commander is C.P Dou’ Glass a Vietnam War veteran.

 

The mission of the California Arts Council , a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov .

 

Nannette Brodie
Artistic Director
South Coast Dance Arts Alliance
www.nannettebrodiedance.org
nannette@nbdt.net
562.598.7182

 

Who:          Veterans, active military and their families
What:         Arts Workshop, 4th Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Where:      American Legion Post 266, 5860 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA
Info:           Vetexpressions.blogspot.com
Phone:      562-444-8381 / 562-444-VET1
Email:        vetexpressionsusa@gmail.com

 

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