Picerne Family Foundation

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Picerne Family Foundation - Description and Application Info
Table of Contents

1. Objective
2. The Artist
3. The Stipend
4. The Community Project
5. Application Process
6. Summary of Criteria
7. FAQ
8. Contact Information

The objective of Artist Outreach Project is to enable accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to provide educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic experiences for underserved populations. The Foundation is well aware of the enormous therapeutic and educational contribution artists can make to those in-need within their communities. Artists often do not receive the support necessary to allow them to make this contribution. The Foundation also recognizes that significant therapeutic and educational impact rarely occurs in short “hit-and- run” programs. Therefore, the Foundation has developed a yearlong program that provides support for experienced artists who are motivated to contribute to their community. The objectives of Artist Outreach are:

  • To provide accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to share their passion and expertise with underserved members of the community.
  • To provide high quality educational, mentoring and therapeutic experiences to people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work with an accomplished artist.

Stipends are available to literary, performing and visual artists who are:

  • 55 years old and older.
  • Living in or planning to serve people in South West Los Angeles County, Orange County or North San Diego County.

The Picerne Family Foundation will provide up to ten stipends each year to artists age 55 and older. Selected artists will receive a grant of up to $12,000 to pursue a 12-month project of their own choosing. The grant is intended to cover artists’ actual direct contact time with participants and will be paid out on a monthly basis. Artists may submit an additional request for reimbursement for materials directly related to service provision. Items such as the rental of office space, capital expenditures for permanent equipment, general office supplies, extra personnel, and travel expenses will not be reimbursed. The Foundation expects artists awarded the full grant will devote six to eight hours of direct contact time per week to the people they wish to serve at a nonprofit organization of their choice. Partial grants may be awarded to artists wishing to contribute fewer hours.

Projects should be designed for an in-need population that does not typically have access to the proposed arts programming. There are no restrictions regarding the age of participants or the particular underserved group the artist proposes to serve. However, projects should be educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic hands on experiences for the participants. Artists awarded the grant will be expected to complete a project evaluation at the end of the grant.

Projects should be carried out in association with organizations that possess not-for- profit, tax- exempt status. Artists may propose to work with one or more underserved groups and nonprofit organizations. The Foundation staff is available to provide assistance in locating individuals, groups or nonprofits that could benefit from an artist’s particular talents and proposed services. Preference is given to artists living in and serving people in South West Los Angeles County, Orange County or North San Diego County.

Information about previous Artist Outreach Project Grant recipients and their projects can be found on the Picerne Family Foundation website at www.picernefoundation.org. Examples of potentially fundable projects include:

  • Teaching ukulele to convalescing wounded war veterans
  • Facilitating a collage workshop for homeless children
  • Teaching drama to inner city African-American youth
  • Engaging at-risk youth in a creative writing project
  • Conducting one-on- one nature photography experiences for autistic children
  • Leading interpretive dance in a low-income retirement facility or apartments

The Foundation will not fund:

  • Performances, demonstrations or “showings” of the artist’s own work.
  • Projects during the school day that are traditionally part of a school’s academic curriculum.
  • Projects that are primarily religious in nature.
  • Projects where the primary applicant is a nonprofit or educational organization rather than an individual literary, visual, or performing artist.

Artists are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of their written applications in order to discuss their intended projects. They can also receive assistance in connecting with a suitable group at this time, if needed.

Application Timeline: The Foundation is not accepting applications for the Artist Outreach Project at this time. Click here for more details about the Artist Outreach Project or contact the Picerne Family Foundation at 949-267- 1517, or by e-mail for more information about the Artist Outreach Project.

Pre-submission: Prior to submission of an application, interested artists are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Foundation staff in a phone call or e-mail. Qualified artists with ideas that appear to fit the project criteria will be encouraged to submit a formal application. Application materials can be obtained by phone, by e-mail request, or by download from the Foundation website by clicking on the links located on the left side or bottom of the AOP Description and Application Info page.

Formal Application: Artists may submit a written application to the Picerne Family Foundation by e-mail or regular mail. The Foundation will evaluate all proposals in terms of the reliability and professionalism of the artist and the artist’s likelihood for success. Foundation staff will also evaluate the educational and psychosocial impact of the proposed project.

It will be the applicants’ responsibility as part of the written application to describe the project they would engage in, the time they will devote, and a budget outlining the supplies necessary for the project. Artists are also expected to provide a letter of support from the nonprofit organization(s) they have chosen to host the project with the application. The letter of support should demonstrate the nonprofit’s interest in supporting the artist’s project if the artist is awarded a grant. Finally, applicants will be asked to submit a resume of their art experience and references with the application.

Interview: Based on the written application, the Foundation will select finalists for the consequent interview phase. Finalists may be asked to present samples of their work in advance of the interview. Artist proposals, plans, and budgets will be reviewed in more depth during the interview. Finalists are often asked to follow up on one or more items after the interview, before the Foundation makes a final decision about awarding an Artist Outreach grant.

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the program:

  • Artist is age 55 or over
  • Artist lives in or plans to serve residents of South West Los Angeles County, Orange County or North San Diego County.
  • Applicant is a practicing artist in the literary, visual, or performing arts.
  • Projects will be carried out in association with organizations that possess not-for- profit, tax-exempt status.
  • An organization that does not possess non-profit status may be considered if a non- profit organization agrees to sponsor it.
  • Proposed projects are hands on educational, mentoring or therapeutic arts based programs.

  1. What is the definition of an “artist” who is eligible to apply for the Artist Outreach Project? I am not sure if I will qualify as an “artist.”

    The Foundation defines an “artist” as someone who has been engaged as a writer, performer, musician, or visual artist with some regularity and continuity over the years. The Foundation does not require that applicants have been paid for their artistic endeavors.

  2. What artistic disciplines does the Artist Outreach Project support?

    The artist outreach project supports artists pursuing projects with underserved groups in the literary, performing, or visual arts. The Foundation maintains a liberal definition of these art forms, and considers applications that represent a wide spectrum of these art forms. Proposals primarily focused on sports activities such as surfing or other therapeutic disciplines such as yoga or meditation will not be considered for an Artist Outreach Grant.

  3. What groups qualify as “underserved” for the Artist Outreach Project?

    Groups and individuals of any age are underserved when they lack opportunities to engage in therapeutic or educational arts programs. Quite often, these groups or individuals lack access because of economic, social, or other disadvantages.

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Contact Victor Nelson, the Foundation Executive Director, if you are an artist with questions about the Artist Outreach Project, if you represent a nonprofit organization interested in hosting a visual, performing, or literary artist, or if you are interested in starting an Artist Outreach Project in your own community. Mr. Nelson can be reached at 949-267- 1517 or via e-mail by clicking e-mail contact or the contact link at the top of the page.

Click here to download a PDF application.

Click here to download a MS Word application.

Click here to request an application.