Visual Communications Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant


The California Arts Council announced its plans to award funding to Visual Communications as part of its Local Impact program. The money will be used to fund the next edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The Local Impact program provides support for community-driven arts project for small and mid- sized arts organizations. The program fosters equity, access and opportunity for historically marginalized communities by cultivating community participation in art making, learning, and exposure.

Projects provide access to arts participation and representation of and by the community identified in the application. Historically marginalized communities include specific ethnic and tribal groups, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, low-income and rural communities, and immigrant and refugee communities.

Visual Communications is one of 133 grantees chosen for the Local Impact program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“The Local Impact grant program strikes at the heart of the issue of access and equity in the arts,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council. “Visual Communications' project is crucial to help arts and culture opportunities reach California’s marginalized communities, and to promote the unique creative expressions within that community.”

To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, click here.

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Visual Communications develops and support the voices of Asian American & Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives.  Our programming includes the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists, the Digital Histories media production and storytelling project for senior citizens, and C3: The Conference for Creative Content.  We are home to the VC Vault, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on Asian Pacific experiences in America. 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, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at