San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
The San Diego for Commission for Arts and Culture has awarded Camarada this grant for the past 26 years. These funds allow us to cover operating expenses, which is vital to our existence in this community. Thank you to the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for its incredible support of the arts in San Diego!
San Diego County Enhancement Program
This is Camarada’s 15th year to receive the San Diego County Enhancement Grant. These funds will support Camarada’s Meet a Musician & Mingle @ the Mingei at Mingei International Museum for Family Sundays & REMIXX @ Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan. See our web calendar for details. Thank you to Supervisor Greg Cox for his continued support of the Camarada presence in San Diego!
Dowling & Yahnke, LLC
City of Encinitas Mizal Grant
San Diego Foundation ~ Creative Catalyst 2015
Three years ago, the San Diego Foundation and its former director of arts and culture, Felicia Shaw, came up with the novel idea of funding artists directly. The result was the Creative Catalyst program, which has had an effect well beyond the approximately $485,000 it provided artists in 2012 and in 2014.
The 25 artists — 15 the first year and 10 the second — who partnered with a sponsoring nonprofit cultural institution ranged from pipa player Wu Man to artist Margaret Noble, from puppeteer Iain Gunn to the pop musician Joel P. West, and almost without exception, they continue to be a vital force in the community.
“Artists are obviously a really important engine for the local economy,” said Emily Young, the foundation’s vice president for community impact. “Investing in these artists and their development really helps to fuel San Diego’s creative economy for the future.”
The foundation has just announced the 10 Creative Catalyst program recipients for 2015. It’s a diverse group that includes filmmakers, writers, musicians and playwrights.
Each will receive $20,000 to work on a project that goes beyond just being a work of art.
“The common denominator between all of them is enthusiasm and a deep understanding and desire to learn more about their art form, collaborate with others, and give back to their community,” said Jill Hill, who has been a key panel member with the program since its inception.
“At this point, we’re not just looking at a great art project, but what it will do to make San Diego better.”
Bio: UC San Diego graduate who has made a significant regional impact through his public art, most notably his “Tribute to Martin Luther King” at Front Street and Harbor Boulevard downtown.
Project: “The Silent Buzz: The Plight of the Honeybee”
Purpose: “To build awareness of the importance of bee pollination on future populations”
Form: Large-scale Plasticine sculptures
San Diego Foundation ~ Creative Catalyst 2012
Thank you to the San Diego Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, for funding through the Creative Catalyst Grant in 2012. Camarada and Joel P. West were among the final 15 non-profit organizations selected to receive funding.
Under the mentorship of Camarada, Joel P. West produced a collaborative album focused on blending his folk style with classical chamber music instruments.
Camarada also produced a music video to highlight one of the pieces from the new album. Joel drew inspiration for this creative work from several landscape points around San Diego.
Back in June 2012, The Tree Ring previewed a beautiful batch of new songs downtown San Diego at Luce Loft. Featuring the classical group Camarada, the new tracks will make up The Tree Ring’s sophomore album, which is being funded in part by The San Diego Foundation/Creative Catalyst Grant. Film maker Destin Cretton was on hand to capture the moment, adding to his amazing collection.
Check out a dual-perspective video of “Shoulder Seasons” – http://www.sezio.org/news/The-Tree-Ring-New-Video-Record-Release.aspx