Grants for LB artists made possible by Wayne Peterson Fund of LB Community Foundation

Laguna Beach as a community has evolved with artists at its core. Artists are integral in shaping the city and are an economic driver. The City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission believes that in order to support resident artists they need to work here to remain here. As a result the Fostering Creativity Grants program has been initiated.

Thanks to the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, grants will be awarded to Laguna Beach resident artists of amounts between $1,000 and $8,000.

Cultural Arts Manager Siân Poeschl developed a proposal for a grant program for Laguna Beach artists to return to creative work. Poeschl shared the concept with the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, who have undertaken great work and have supported the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. A donation of $100,000 was awarded to the City of Laguna Beach, made possible by a gift from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, to support Laguna Beach artists. The grant program was unanimously supported by the City Council and Arts Commission.    

Grants for Sawdust

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           Photo by Scott Brashier

Fostering Creativity Grants will aid local artists; Sawdust Booth last year

Arts Commissioner Suzi Chauvel said, “Wayne Peterson, former Mayor and Arts Patron, would be so proud to support our culture of working artists in Laguna Beach. I’m so pleased his legacy will continue with the Fostering Creativity Grants.”

Poeschl said, “These grants will allow artists the opportunity to reimagine what changes they must make to sustain their future in uncertain times. Facilitating the opportunity for artists to create work that is shared with the community celebrates our healing to this pandemic and reinvigorates the economy. Artists define our community as a different and special place to visit and where we call home.” 

Arts Commission Vice-Chair Pat Kollenda added, “This is an Incredible and hugely appreciated opportunity for our talented and well deserved artists. A huge thank you to the generosity of former Mayor Wayne Peterson.” 

Grants for McGhee

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Work by local FOA artist Elizabeth McGhee

An easy online application is available by clicking here. Artists may submit a proposal for a creative project, by providing examples of their work and how it will be shared with the community. 

Arts Commission Chair Adam Schwerner has a video message about the application – to view, click here. 

The Arts Commission will also host a Zoom meeting on Monday, June 29 at 9 a.m. to assist artists on their applications and to answer questions.

To attend the Zoom meeting, click here or call (669) 900-9128 (meeting ID/password is 770677).

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