GRYD Foundation Awarded a California Arts Council Grant

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Contact: Adrienne N. Newsom, adrienne @   213.275.1558
The GRYD Foundation Awarded a California Arts Council “Organizational Development” Grant

State funds support GRYD Foundation in developing an arts oriented revenue stream to sustain and elevate its arts programming, to strengthen ties to local artists, and boost GRYD Foundation profile as an arts organization.

[Los Angeles, CA]– May 22, 2020 – The California Arts Council announced a grant award of $5,000 to The GRYD Foundation as part of the California Arts Council Organizational Development program. With support from the California Arts Council, The GRYD Foundation will engage Marlené Nancy López to develop an earned income strategy for GRYD Foundation to engage underemployed artists to create beautifully crafted art pieces that GRYD Foundation can market and sell at local events and online.

“By using this California Arts Council grant to develop an earned income strategy, we can sustain and expand GRYD Foundation arts programming AND elevate local artists,” said Adrienne Newsom, GRYD Foundation President & Executive Director.

The GRYD Foundation was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all.

Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting our state’s communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California’s historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency’s vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees.

“Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

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The GRYD Foundation mission is to create a safer, stronger, healthier Los Angeles with a focus on communities that are heavily impacted by gang violence and that often lack resources due to economic, racial, and neighborhood boundaries. Founded in 2012, The GRYD Foundation is a 501c3 community based organization and core implementation partner for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) strategy. The GRYD Foundation works collaboratively with the City toward two objectives: to create safe spaces and to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. The GRYD Foundation believes that every youth, regardless of race, gender or geography, should have the resources, opportunities, and systems to grow up and to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at’

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‘Summer Night Lights’ Kicks Off 10th Summer of Providing Fun, Safe Spaces for Young People and Families

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti officially kicked off the 10th consecutive summer of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a landmark program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months.


Summer Night Lights program to keep LA parks open late for kids

The Summer Night Lights program, aimed at combating the influence of street gangs with positive action, will keep 32 recreation centers and parks opened later in Los Angeles.

The program, in its ninth year, allows children and their parents to enjoy the public areas until 11 p.m. during the summer.

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L.A.’s Summer Night Lights program focuses on at-risk youth

To encourage family fun and fight gang violence, dozens of parks across Los Angeles will keep the candle burning beginning Wednesday night.

The Summer Night Lights 2015 will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 32 parks across the city, including six in the San Fernando Valley. In early August, they’ll open late on Fridays and Saturdays.


Summer Night Lights keeps parks open late, offers “sense of community”

Since late June, the program run by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) with support from the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies has held open 32 city parks through 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, creating a safe place for families to enjoy sports, games, art classes and other activities in neighborhoods impacted by violence.


After-hours park program aimed at helping reduce gang violence begins in LA

Wednesday kicks off the latest season of Summer Night Lights, an anti-gang initiative meant to curb violence by keeping L.A. parks open after-hours.

Now in its sixth season, the program takes place at 32 public parks throughout the city, which are chosen based on their proximity to areas with high rates of gang-related crime. In South L.A., there are multiple parks participating, including South Park and Ross Snyder Recreation Center.


Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness

LOS ANGELES — Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. Its location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks.