August 27, 2013
Reps. Peters, Davis Hold Arts Grants Workshop
SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) joined together to host a workshop for local nonprofit arts and culture organizations on how to maximize their potential for acquiring federally funded grants. The event, held at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park, had an attendance of more than 150 people and featured representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
"The federal grants process can often be tedious, confusing, and competitive, especially for grants in the arts community,” said Congresswoman Davis. “By bringing together experts in the arts grant writing process to show that funding, and help applying for it, is available, I am hopeful that all of today’s participants and their organizations will take with them the confidence and knowledge they’ll need to bring more grant dollars to arts programs in San Diego.”
“San Diego has long had a vibrant arts community,” Congressman Peters said. “I am glad to join with Congresswoman Davis in engaging this community. I hope that providing as much information as possible about the grant process will make it easier for local nonprofit arts and culture groups to pursue the visions that they have for their work.”
“Receiving today’s education and encouragement from Congressman Scott Peters and Congresswoman Susan Davis is a welcome message. San Diego is fortunate to have representatives who understand how arts and culture enhances San Diegans’ lives and communities,” said Dana Springs, Interim Executive Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
The program ran for just more than two hours and included time for participants to ask questions of the panelists on subjects ranging from how to apply for a federal grant, which agencies and local entities can help with the requests, and the ability of Congressional offices to serve as a resource for nonprofit organizations in search of funding opportunities.