The C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships are annual awards given by the Department of Cultural Affairs to a selection of 15 established, visual, literary, and performing artists who live and work in Los Angeles. Each C.O.L.A. grant recipient receives $10,000 to create new work that is showcased in a nonthematic group exhibition, a series of performances, special events, and a catalog.

Department of Cultural Affairs
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) both generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles residents and visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and assures access to arts and cultural experiences through grant making, marketing, public and community arts programming, arts education, and creating partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in every community in the City of Los Angeles.

DCA grants $3.2 million annually to over 280 artists and nonprofit arts organizations and awards the Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) and City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships. The Department provides arts and cultural programming in its numerous Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers, theaters, and historic sites, and manages several arts and education programs for young people. It directs public art projects and manages the City’s Arts Development Fee and Percent for Arts Programs, and the Art Collection and Murals Programs. DCA markets the City’s cultural events through development and collaboration with strategic partners, design and production of creative promotional materials, and management of the culturela.org website.

DCA Cultural Grant Program
DCA awards grants for the production, creation, presentation, exhibition, and managerial support of art projects in the following areas: design, dance, media, music, literary arts, theatre, traditional/folk art, visual arts, arts management, and projects that are multidisciplinary.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to bring the highest-quality artistic and cultural services to the residents of and tourists visiting Los Angeles. Since 1990 the Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded more than $50 million to local artists, arts organizations, and arts events through its Cultural Grant Program.

C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships
Each C.O.L.A. grant recipient receives $10,000 to create new work that is showcased in a nonthematic group presentation series. This annual spring event greatly benefits general audiences and honors a selection of established and creative artists who live and work in Los Angeles.