SPArt, a new Los Angeles-based granting organization, announces its inaugural 2014 grants in Social Practice.

With a mission of supporting works aimed at creating social change in the Los Angeles region, SPArt is awarding three artists 10,000 USD each toward the realization of their projects. These projects work in cooperation with communities and address or respond to current social issues and conditions. The SPArt vision is to fund projects that enable the artists as leaders and change-makers, encouraging lasting relationships with communities.

The recipients of this year’s grants include:

Christina Sanchez for her project Cocina Abierta(Open Kitchen). Cocina Abierta is a nomadic experimental “test kitchen” that facilitates the fluid exchange of immigrant histories, culinary skills, and base building strategies towards the development of a worker-centered philosophy to eating ethically.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle for her project the Kentifrican Museum of Culture: Re-imagining Identity. TheKentifrican Museum of Culture will be providing programming in a storefront space that is free to the local Leimert Park community and encourages participation in critical dialogues concerning the constructions of culture, ethnicity and social geography by hosting panel discussions, art openings, free workshops, and open film screenings.

Dorit Cypis for her project Conflict RevolutionConflict Revolution is a project in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Human Relations to involve and train, in conflict engagement skills for Public Dialogue, a variety of local groups who struggle with cultural difference between them and other groups.

SPArt was founded and is directed by Alexandra Shabtai, with insight from advisory board members Bettina Korek, Sue Bell Yank, Andrea Bowers and John D. Spiak.

Visit SPArt’s website for more information about the organization and grantees:

SPArt is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.