See below for 2018 Grantee announcement.
Los Angeles' Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is an investment program that provides funding for projects that will help launch startup or expand micro-sized creative enterprises (5 or fewer employees). This year $100,000 in grants are available to entities—independent businesses, self-employed artists or cultural producers, artist collectives, or nonprofits with significant earned income activities—that use commercial strategies in pursuit of an arts or culture mission that have a social impact.
The objective is to support creative enterprises that will have a positive economic development impact in the City of Los Angeles, with priority consideration for enterprises and their projects that will benefit economically disadvantaged communities or geographically underdeveloped neighborhoods. The outcomes of this program, in priority order, are to:
The Rational Dress Society recently collaborated with fellow grantees Color Coded on a total overhaul of the JUMPSUIT website, where customers can purchase their signature gender-neutral garment. Color Coded is a POC-only transformative space that centers historically-excluded people in the co-teaching, co-creation, and co-ownership of new technologies. RDS also announced a new collaboration with Sew Co., a socially responsible manufacturer and part of a network of textile firms collaborating to regrow domestic manufacturing, support communities, and create better livelihoods for textile workers.
In May 2019, LFP announced the expansion of their social enterprise program, formerly known as Hire Her, newly re-branded as C.E.O – Creative Entrepreneurship Opportunities The program provides teen girls with valuable entrepreneurial skills for future careers in the creative industry such as event photography, commercial photography and pre/post production. Clients include Ciclavia, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, AARP California, Red Bull, Food Policy Council, College Track, LACMA, and the Autry Museum. Learn more at http://lasfotosproject.org/ceo/.
In early 2019, ProjectQ took over their Chinatown space, where they now operate as a Salon & Community Center! Check them out with other LGBTQ businesses, like Jovan Wolf Leather and Sharpe Suiting, in LA's Chinatown, 818 N. Spring St. #101. Here's a great feature by LAist.
Issac Ryan Brown, co-star of Disney Channel’s hit comedy series Raven’s Home and talented singer and rap artist, premieres his latest single “B.F.F.” The video was filmed with staff and students from Amazing Studios, with development and editing done at the Studio. Get a peek behind the scenes. The bubbly, pop song produced by K Young and Lytebright is a teenage summer anthem for best friends. Malcolm Roberson directed the music video that features Issac and 12-year-old fashion designer Kheris Rogers. Amazing Studios is a program of Amazing Grace Conservatory.
AOKT co-founder and owner of Todo Verde Jocelyn Ramirez shared the story of her plant-based food business bringing healthy, delicious, heritage foods and beverages to her East Los Angeles community. Watch the LatiNation clip here.
Narrated Objects' second print publication, Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, was featured on KCRW's Design and Architecture. Listen here.
"Greetings from East L.A." is an art, design, and urban planning project with 11th-grade students at the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School. Initiated by Public Matters with Dept of Places in 2016, the project explores, documents and interprets the value that the students assign to people and places in East L.A. while responding to representation and equity.
Rational Dress Society's JUMPSUIT ("the only garment you'll ever need to own") was featured in The Paris Review. The unisex garment is a wearable article of clothing for all body types that also functions as an art project critiquing consumerism. Read more at jumpsu.it.
Narrated Objects launched their first publication: We Heart P-22, a coloring and activity book celebrating LA's most famous mountain lion. Watch for their popup at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in December 2017!
Cha Cha Covers, an enterprise founded by Ana Guajardo of Eastside Entrepreneurs Collaborative Studio, is part of LA Original, a pilot program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development that celebrates LA as the creative capital of the world.
ProjectQ's Hairstream project was featured in Vogue for Pride 2017. Previously, Madin Lopez was featured on MTV's Transformation. Lopez is a hairstylist who believes a full makeover is one of the best ways for a trans or gender non-conforming person to feel comfortable in their body. Throughout Transformation, Lopez offers free hairstyling and mentoring to the six subjects.
Lucy Cook of Confetti Confidential, one of the participating design collectives in Big City Forum's Talleres Publicos in Pacoima, as featured in inform.design, a CalArts publication.
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Creative Economic Development Fund is supported by: