SVCF’s Donor Circle for the Arts held its media arts grantmaking session in April. After interviewing four different organizations, the donor circle members voted to provide a total of $14,000 in grants to the following organizations:
- Family Album Project, to support photographic services for those experiencing extreme hardship who couldn’t otherwise afford the services, and for professional development. The Family Album Project provides free professional portraits to people who, due to financial or medical hardships, would not otherwise have access to a professional photographer. These services allow families to preserve their history and meaningful life events.
- San Jose Downtown Foundation, designated to support the Downtown Doors project. Downtown Doors is an outdoor youth art exhibition that enlivens downtown San Jose’s urban space and provides 700+ students the opportunity to express themselves publicly. This grant was made in the form of a $5,000 Silicon Valley Gives sponsorship.
- MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, for general support. This grant was made in the form of a $2,000 Silicon Valley Gives sponsorship. MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation.
- Silicon Valley De-Bug, designated for general support. This grant was made in the form of a $2,000 Silicon Valley Gives sponsorship. Silicon Valley De-Bug’s mission is to engage and improve impacted communities through art and media production that highlights the voices of the most marginalized in the valley – its young people, low-income families, people of color and those affected by incarceration.
Read a complete list of Donor Circle for the Arts grantees for 2016.