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Amazing news. We’ve been awarded a California Arts Council 2015 “Creative California Communities” Grant to support The Flight Deck!

We have just been awarded $53,900 through the Creative California Communities program, which supports large-scale collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a key economic and/or community development strategy. We are one of thirty funded projects statewide that will benefit residents and visitors in California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector, which includes artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses.

We’re hosting an informal, public celebration of the grant on Thursday, July 30th from 5:00-6:00 pm in The Flight Deck gallery (at 1540 Broadway) with a champagne toast at 5:30.  Guests are invited to stay afterwards for the Lower Bottom Playaz presentation of Beyond the Bars: Growing Home at 7 pm. Beyond the Bars is a dramatic staged reading derived from the stories of Green Life participants who are formerly incarcerated and re-entering Bay Area communities.

“The Creative California Communities grant is a huge vote of confidence in the power of collaboration” said Anna Shneiderman, Executive Director of Ragged Wing Ensemble and The Flight Deck. “When small arts organizations band together to share space, resources and skills, we are all stronger and our city prospers. This grant from the state level is an investment in Oakland and its strong cohort of small, community-based arts organizations that bring culture, innovation and education to the public.”

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”

Check out the whole story here.