Visual Communications Awarded California Arts Council "Creative California Communities" Grant


Los Angeles, CA – Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award to Visual Communications as part of its Creative California Communities program.

Creative California Communities supports meaningful, collaborative, creative placemaking projects that animate, activate, and celebrate communities. Projects support community goals and encourage increased engagement in arts and cultural activities with community members. This program is the California Arts Council’s most competitive, awarding grants on a two-year cycle.

With support from the California Arts Council, Visual Communications Media will program First Street North Open: An Interactive Multidimensional Timeline (FSN Open) which will include multimedia wall mapping, a website, and an audiovisual walking tour enhanced with augmented reality. This project’s research will serve as a resource for community activists, artists, and organizations committed to Little Tokyo’s legacy and its ongoing fight for sustainability, justice, and self-determination.

Visual Communications is one of 40 grantees chosen for the Creative California Communities program.The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.

“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of Visual Communications and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”

To view a complete listing of all Creative California Communities grantees, click here.

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Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Founded in 1970 with the understanding that media and the arts are powerful forms of storytelling, Visual Communications creates cross cultural connections between peoples and generations. The organization turns 50 in 2020. Learn more at

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.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Click here to learn more.