Current Grantees

Spring 2022 Cultivate Grantees

Project Support

Arte Del Corazón – Two Art Markets that support local artists economically, provide free arts activities to the community, expose locals to dance and music performances and strengthen the value of the arts within the Watsonville community.

Vivien Bassouamina – Kikulu Kianza: 11th Annual Traditions of the World Drum and Dance Conference 2022 in Santa Cruz.

Coastal Watershed Council – San Lorenzo Park Playground Serpent Community repainting.

Isabel Contreras – Mexican Independence Day Dance Showcase and Festival in Santa Cruz County.

Raúl Díaz – Celebrando el Día de la Madre en la Tradición Mexicana Festival Cultural.

Michael Flora – Meshworks – a multimedia installation derived from artificial intelligence.

Amanda Gamban – The Tobera Project is a community-driven arts and culture initiative serving to promote and highlight the Filipino immigrant experience in Watsonville through a series of artistic activities and events.

Alwa Gordon – Full album and promotion for Alwa Gordon Music.

Bryant Miguel (aka Rip Florence) / Shallow Dive Records – Releasing an album digitally and on cassette tapes featuring a compilation of local, marginalized musicians’ music.

Museo Eduardo Carrillo – Museo and the Diversity Center will use Chicano/a/Latinx art to inspire personal narrative writing with the LGBTQ+ Creative Aging community.

Thomas Pedersen – Monthly Speak for Change Podcast event, featuring live music and highlighting BIPOC voices in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

Regeneration, Pajaro Valley Climate Action – T-Shirts for Climate Justice in Watsonville Art Festival.

Eugenia Renteria – Video Production for Spanglish Latinx Series Film/Video.

Santa Cruz Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collective – Santa Cruz Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival: Celebrating the contributions and cultural heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (the AAPI community) in Santa Cruz County.

Stephanie Suarez – BIPOC LGBTQI+ performing arts event curation & community building in Watsonville.

Chadwick Tree Flores – Redwood Forest Fairytale Photography Book.

Professional Development Support

Francisco Alonso – Comprar una cámara fotográfica para la expansión/colaboración de arte.

Tim Brady / Aquanaut Audio To fund equipment for the filming, audio recording, mixing and promotion of various musicians.

Carlos Campos – Buying video production equipment.

Dave Crellin – To purchase a desktop computer to edit and process video and audio.

Elizabeth Espinoza Mendez – Comprar una computadora para la producción y grabación de canciones originales.

Alwa Gordon To fund the purchase of an updated video camera.

Enrique Lopez Rivera – To purchase printmaking materials to create a series for display and help reestablish participation in the Santa Cruz art community.

Alie Mac – To complete Film Commission courses to advance career in economic development and the arts.

Megan Martinez Goltz – Camera equipment to document and share more community stories.

John Orlando – To study music at Chateau d’Aix Piano Summer School in France.

Pajaro Valley Arts – To fund a facilitator to assist in updating our strategic plan to include the equity framework required to support PVA’s renewed vision and goals.

Josefina Rocha Vega – To purchase painting materials to further expand presence as a local artist via website, art markets/fairs, gallery showings, as well as teaching painting workshops.

Olivia Ronan – To finance travel expenses to The Sable Project artists’ residency ( Stockbridge, Vt.) in order to develop my art practice.

Biagio Scarpello – Purchase tradeshow booth, signage, and expenses involved with marketing and sales.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare – Annual professional development funds for staff.

Cynthia Spillman – To attend an Advanced Painting and/or Studio Strategy and Direction class at Anderson Ranch Art Center Visual Art.

Jovanna Vera-Bobadilla – To purchase supplies and equipment to start a small business online store and increase social media presence. 

Tannery Professional Development 

Johanna Atkinson – To help fund furthering my education in the arts thus enabling me to be an arts educator.

Rachel Barnes – To attend a sustainable internship to further learn natural-building techniques, to bring grander skills to my artwork in a sustainable nature entangled way.

Linda Cover – To take three printing classes at the Printmakers of the Tannery to raise my skill level.

Oumou Faye – To create a website to expand my presence into the public landscape.

Amanda Hess – To purchase a computer.

Bree Karpavage – To hire a website professional to repair and develop website.

Ellen O’Hanlon – To purchase a laptop to edit original artwork, improve my professional online presence, increase sales and community participation.

CC Parsons – To purchase materials to further expand my product line

Thomas Pedersen – Marketing fees and professional consultant fees to expand Speak For Change’s reach and impact.

Joan Rose Staffen – To help launch and market “The Creative Pendulum”.

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center – To hire a consultant to assist in researching, coordinating, and applying for grant funding to support the organization’s leadership transition and renewed vision and goals.

Danielle Torvik-Staffen – To buy installation equipment/framing for large scale paintings and pay for labor assistance.

Gazelle Walker – To purchase art prints, t-shirts & clothing with my designs on them to sell locally & expand my creative business.

2021-2024 Elevate Grantees

Activities 4 All
Esperanza del Valle
Watsonville Film Festival
White Hawk Indian Council for Children

2022 Sponsor Grantees

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Kuumbwa Jazz
Pajaro Valley Arts
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Santa Cruz Symphony

2022 Support Grantees

Actors’ Theater of Santa Cruz
Distinguished Artists
DNA’s Comedy Lab 
Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra
Tandy Beal and Company
Jewel Theatre Company
Motion Pacific
Music in May
New Music Works
Next Stage Productions
Santa Cruz Art League
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Santa Cruz Chamber Players
Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
Scotts Valley Community Theater Guild
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
The Beat Within 
The 418 Project
Watsonville Taiko Group
William James Association