$15,000 Award for Culture Bearers and Artist Disruptors: Open to Undocumented Individuals (with and without DACA) Living and/or Working in specific California Zip Codes!

In partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC), the Center for Cultural Power will provide awards for 30 Culture Bearers and 30 Artist Disruptors. Each award is $15,000.

Cultural Power is a cultural strategy nonprofit that activates and mobilizes Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Artist Disruptors and Culture Bearers to envision a world in which cultural, economic and political power are distributed equitably, and where all human beings can live in harmony with nature. 

Culture Bearers are practitioners, artists, and carriers of indigenous, ancestral, and/or traditional knowledge who weave past, present, and future stewardship of land, culture, community, and spirit. They are cultural stewards and help us understand traditional ways of knowing and creating as paths to community health and healing. 

Artist Disruptors are artists who are rooted in community, who inspire action, and who are working at the intersection of art and social justice. Artist Disruptors are able to powerfully manifest narratives into stories and visuals that speak directly to their audiences and communities. They help us question our assumptions, envision alternative futures, and inspire us to work toward the future we need.

Each award is for $15,000 to develop new or existing projects and/or content that advances at least one of the CAC’s focus areas below:

  1. public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19; 
  2. public awareness related to water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery; 
  3. civic engagement, including election participation; 
  4. and/or social justice and community engagement.


– At least 18 years old

– Must live and/or work in specific California zip codes (based on the California Healthy Places Index within the bottom 25th Quartile; HPI). 

– If the applicant does not live in the California HPI 25% Quartile zip codes, their application must demonstrate experience collaborating with the communities within the California HPI 25% Quartile zip codes.

Application deadline: September 22nd, 11:59PM PST


Application Review: September 25th to October 9th

Award Announcement: October 11th

Project Period: October 2023 – August 2024

For more information and to apply, please visit this webpage


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