CRE Outreach Receives City, County, State, and Federal Funding in Support of Our Life Changing Programs

[Los Angeles]—For the first time ever, CRE Outreach has been granted awards from every level of government in support of our life changing programs. This spring has been an exciting time programmatically, with expansions in services and the opening of our own theatre, The Blue Door, in Culver City. This excitement has garnered increased financial support, with new grants from the city (Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), the county (LA County Arts Commission), the state (California Arts Council), and the federal government (National Endowment for the Arts).

Government grants support projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Grant applications for public dollars include a rigorous multi-layer review process, first from professionals in the field, second from the commissioners of the arts agency, and final approval coming from elected officials.

The process is intended to spread public dollars across electoral districts and across a variety of art forms and projects. Even more importantly, the focus of the grants is on increasing cultural equity—the notion that our arts organizations need to reflect our diverse communities and that grant dollars need to help increase the access to high quality arts experiences for underserved populations. CRE Outreach is proud to have received recognition of our mission via these funding streams, as we tirelessly work to provide a dedicated performing space for the voices and stories of people historically marginalized by society.

“We know that the arts play a significant and meaningful role in sparking vitality in communities of all sizes and shapes. We want to bring this country closer to a point when all communities are safe, lively, inclusive and economically vibrant. Every American deserves to call such a community home,” said Jane Chu, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts. “Through the work of organizations such as CRE Outreach, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

CRE Outreach’s Artistic Director, Greg Shane, echoed Chairman Chu’s passion: “We’re thrilled to receive these government grants, which will help us continue to grow our programs and services. We want to thank our elected officials who realize that even a small investment in nonprofits can have a huge ripple effect locally. This public investment recognizes that the arts have the ability to unite, heal, and build communities. It is a public commitment to transforming lives.”

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Dance by the Blind Featured on NBC

In 2017 CRE Outreach started a pilot program, as a spin off of our signature program Theatre by the Blind. After a successful dance sequence in one of the Theatre by the Blind plays, the participants requested that we create Dance by the Blind–the first blind dance troupe in the country! NBC Los Angeles provided the following coverage leading up to the World Premiere:

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The World Premiere of Dance by the Blind was a performance called EMOTIONS on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:00pm at The Lazarus Experience in downtown Los Angeles. Featured dancers included Natalie Gross, Kenny Lee, Ronald Chism, Sylvia Taylor, Barbara Ford, Christina Johnson, and William Andrus, who, were led by professional dancer and choreographer, Hydeia Muhammad.

During the performance, audience members experienced various emotions through these talented, all-blind dancers, with many genres of dance represented including Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary and much more!

A review of the performance was written by Lara J. Altunian for Stage and Cinema and can be read here: