CREATE represents our vision of a Los Angeles region that empowers all of its residents to harness their creativity through both artistic expression and entrepreneurship. By the year 2050, LA will host the largest concentration of working artists and high-quality arts establishments. Our region will be a leader in innovation and production across sectors and a center for entrepreneurial activity, creating jobs and generating wealth for local communities.
Below, learn more about the five 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge grantees making LA the best place to CREATE, and what you can do right now to participate in their work!
$100,000 Winner: On The Go LA helps local food entrepreneurs easily and affordably formalize their businesses and grow their customer bases by offering full-service, short-term food truck rentals.
Look out for weekly food truck schedule announcements and opportunities to support emerging entrepreneurs (while eating delicious food!) by following @onthego_la on Instagram.
$50,000 Winner: Las Fotos Project elevates the voices of teenage girls from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community, and future careers.
Learn more about Las Fotos Project's mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
$25,000 Winner: People's Pottery Project (PPP) empowers formerly incarcerated women, trans, and non-binary individuals through the power of art-making, grassroots advocacy, and meaningful employment through its non-profit ceramics studio.
Support PPP by purchasing handmade bowls, plates, and mugs from talented ceramicists via its online store.
$15,000 Winner: The Fund for Guaranteed Income's Compton Pledge Initiative is a landmark guaranteed income pilot that is redistributing recurring cash relief to low-income residents of Compton over two years.
Compton Pledge recently released a brand new metrics dashboard to track the impact of its pilot program on the lives of participants in real-time. Check it out.
$10,000 Winner: Covenant House California (CHC) is a network of shelters that provide sanctuary and support for unhoused youth ages 18 to 24.
If you're interested in getting involved, CHC needs volunteers to support its unhoused youth via connection, tutoring, workshops, and donations. Learn more.
On September 4, 2021, the City of Los Angeles celebrates its 240th birthday!
To commemorate the occasion, we've transformed our ongoing "Fave Five" feature into an e-booklet and interactive map. Inside, you'll learn about 100 interesting places and spaces in Los Angeles, as nominated by 20 community-minded social impact leaders. There are recommendations for hiking, biking, dining, volunteering, and more! Check it out:
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Featured: Tara Roth, Lucia Torres, Joel Arquillos, Jamiah Hargins, Shauna Nep, Rudy Espinoza, Karen Earl, Nika Soon-Shiong, Christina Margiotta, John Echeveste, Nichol Whiteman, Andrew Glazier, Austin Clements, Shawn Kravich, Karen Mack, John Yi, Bonnie Oliva-Porter, Richard France, John Bwarie, Derek Smith, and Carmen Palafox