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4. The Community Project
Summary of Criteria
The objective of Artist Outreach Project is to enable accomplished visual, performing and
literary artists the opportunity to provide educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic
experiences for underserved populations. The Foundation is well aware of the enormous
therapeutic and educational contribution artists can make to those in-need within their
communities. Artists often do not receive the support necessary to allow them to make this
contribution. The Foundation also recognizes that significant therapeutic and educational
impact rarely occurs in short “hit-and- run” programs. Therefore, the Foundation has developed
a yearlong program that provides support for experienced artists who are motivated to
contribute to their community. The objectives of Artist Outreach are:
To provide accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to share
their passion and expertise with underserved members of the community.
To provide high quality educational, mentoring and therapeutic experiences to people
who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work with an accomplished artist.
2. THE ARTIST
Stipends are available to literary, performing and visual artists who are:
- 55 years old and older.
- Living in or planning to serve people in South West Los Angeles County, Orange County
or North San Diego County.
3. THE STIPEND
The Picerne Family Foundation will provide up to ten stipends each year to artists age 55 and
older. Selected artists will receive a grant of up to $12,000 to pursue a 12-month project of
their own choosing. The grant is intended to cover artists’ actual direct contact time with
participants and will be paid out on a monthly basis. Artists may submit an additional request
for reimbursement for materials directly related to service provision. Items such as the rental
of office space, capital expenditures for permanent equipment, general office supplies, extra
personnel, and travel expenses will not be reimbursed. The Foundation expects artists awarded
the full grant will devote six to eight hours of direct contact time per week to the people they
wish to serve at a nonprofit organization of their choice. Partial grants may be awarded to
artists wishing to contribute fewer hours.
4. THE COMMUNITY PROJECT
Projects should be designed for an in-need population that does not typically have access to the
proposed arts programming. There are no restrictions regarding the age of participants or the
particular underserved group the artist proposes to serve. However, projects should be
educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic hands on experiences for the participants. Artists
awarded the grant will be expected to complete a project evaluation at the end of the grant.
Projects should be carried out in association with organizations that possess not-for- profit, tax-
exempt status. Artists may propose to work with one or more underserved groups and
nonprofit organizations. The Foundation staff is available to provide assistance in locating
individuals, groups or nonprofits that could benefit from an artist’s particular talents and
proposed services. Preference is given to artists living in and serving people in South West Los
Angeles County, Orange County or North San Diego County.
Information about previous Artist Outreach Project Grant recipients and their projects can be
found on the Picerne Family Foundation website at
www.picernefoundation.org. Examples of
potentially fundable projects include:
- Teaching ukulele to convalescing wounded war veterans
- Facilitating a collage workshop for homeless children
- Teaching drama to inner city African-American youth
- Engaging at-risk youth in a creative writing project
- Conducting one-on- one nature photography experiences for autistic children
- Leading interpretive dance in a low-income retirement facility or apartments
The Foundation will not fund:
- Performances, demonstrations or “showings” of the artist’s own work.
- Projects during the school day that are traditionally part of a school’s academic
- Projects that are primarily religious in nature.
- Projects where the primary applicant is a nonprofit or educational organization rather
than an individual literary, visual, or performing artist.
Artists are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of their written applications in
order to discuss their intended projects. They can also receive assistance in connecting with a
suitable group at this time, if needed.
5. APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Timeline: The Foundation is not accepting applications for the Artist Outreach Project at this time.
Click here for more details about the Artist Outreach Project or contact the Picerne
Family Foundation at 949-267- 1517, or by
e-mail for more information about the Artist
Pre-submission: Prior to submission of an application, interested artists are encouraged to
discuss their ideas with the Foundation staff in a phone call or e-mail. Qualified artists with
ideas that appear to fit the project criteria will be encouraged to submit a formal application.
Application materials can be obtained by phone, by e-mail request, or by download from the
Foundation website by clicking on the links located on the left side or bottom of the AOP
Description and Application Info page.
Formal Application: Artists may submit a written application to the Picerne Family Foundation
by e-mail or regular mail. The Foundation will evaluate all proposals in terms of the reliability
and professionalism of the artist and the artist’s likelihood for success. Foundation staff will
also evaluate the educational and psychosocial impact of the proposed project.
It will be the applicants’ responsibility as part of the written application to describe the project
they would engage in, the time they will devote, and a budget outlining the supplies necessary
for the project. Artists are also expected to provide a letter of support from the nonprofit
organization(s) they have chosen to host the project with the application. The letter of support
should demonstrate the nonprofit’s interest in supporting the artist’s project if the artist is
awarded a grant. Finally, applicants will be asked to submit a resume of their art experience and
references with the application.
Interview: Based on the written application, the Foundation will select finalists for the
consequent interview phase. Finalists may be asked to present samples of their work in
advance of the interview. Artist proposals, plans, and budgets will be reviewed in more depth
during the interview. Finalists are often asked to follow up on one or more items after the
interview, before the Foundation makes a final decision about awarding an Artist Outreach
6. SUMMARY OF CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the
Artist is age 55 or over
Artist lives in or plans to serve residents of South West Los Angeles County, Orange
County or North San Diego County.
Applicant is a practicing artist in the literary, visual, or performing arts.
Projects will be carried out in association with organizations that possess not-for- profit,
An organization that does not possess non-profit status may be considered if a non-
profit organization agrees to sponsor it.
Proposed projects are hands on educational, mentoring or therapeutic arts based
7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
8. CONTACT INFORMATION
What is the definition of an “artist” who is eligible to apply for the Artist Outreach Project? I
am not sure if I will qualify as an “artist.”
The Foundation defines an “artist” as someone who has been engaged as a writer, performer,
musician, or visual artist with some regularity and continuity over the years. The Foundation
does not require that applicants have been paid for their artistic endeavors.
What artistic disciplines does the Artist Outreach Project support?
The artist outreach project supports artists pursuing projects with underserved groups in the
literary, performing, or visual arts. The Foundation maintains a liberal definition of these art
forms, and considers applications that represent a wide spectrum of these art forms. Proposals
primarily focused on sports activities such as surfing or other therapeutic disciplines such as
yoga or meditation will not be considered for an Artist Outreach Grant.
What groups qualify as “underserved” for the Artist Outreach
Groups and individuals of any age are underserved when they lack opportunities to engage in
therapeutic or educational arts programs. Quite often, these groups or individuals lack access
because of economic, social, or other disadvantages.
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Contact Victor Nelson, the Foundation Executive Director, if you are an artist with questions about the
Artist Outreach Project, if you represent a nonprofit organization interested in hosting a visual,
performing, or literary artist, or if you are interested in starting an Artist Outreach Project in your own
community. Mr. Nelson can be reached at 949-267- 1517 or via e-mail by clicking e-mail contact or the
contact link at the top of the page.
Click here to download a PDF application.
Click here to download a MS Word application.
here to request an application.