Sangam Arts Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

State funds support arts projects in California’s historically marginalized communities

June 12, 2018: Saratoga, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $18,000 to Sangam Arts as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program provides support for community-driven arts project for small and mid- sized arts organizations. The program fosters equity, access and opportunity for historically marginalized communities by cultivating community participation in art making, learning, and exposure. Projects provide access to arts participation and representation of and by the community identified in the application. Historically marginalized communities include specific ethnic and tribal groups, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, low-income and rural communities, and immigrant and refugee communities.

With support from the California Arts Council Local Impact Grant, Sangam Arts will produce

“3L: Love, Life, Loss,” a multicultural, multimedia presentation that tells the story of Vietnamese- , Mexican- , and African-Americans in San Jose through traditional Vietnamese music, African drumming & dance, and other styles of music. Artist Van-Anh Vo will compose and direct the music for “3L,” and also perform with a team of musicians.

“I think it is important to record and present the real stories of love, life, loss that Silicon Valley residents experience and bring with them when they make this area their home,” says Usha Srinivasan, founder of Sangam Arts. “Van-Anh is an extremely sensitive and impactful composer; this project will remain memorable to all who participate in it, including the audience.”

Sangam Arts is one of 133 grantees chosen for the Local Impact program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“The Local Impact grant program strikes at the heart of the issue of access and equity in the arts,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council. “Sangam Arts’ project is crucial to help arts and culture opportunities reach California’s marginalized communities, and to promote the unique creative expressions within that community.”

To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit


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About Sangam Arts

Founded in 2013, Sangam Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides an innovative

platform for artists from diverse backgrounds to come together to collaborate and co-

create world-class music and dance performances. Using a wide range of cultural and

artistic expressions from Folklorico and tap to Kathak and Hula, our presentations are

carefully curated to that help us see our common humanity while allowing us to

celebrate the traits that make us unique. Sangam Arts unique approach and reputation

for quality programming have helped us gain support grantors and foundations such as

Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose, SVCreates and Knight Foundation. Mosaic

America is a grassroots initiative founded by Sangam Arts and focused on

strengthening rapidly diversifying communities across US through multicultural

collaborative arts. For more, visit


About CAC

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.


Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at