The Little House by the Park (LHP) family resource center in Guadalupe has been selected receive a $140,000 grant as part of the Central Coast Creative Corps (CCCC) Program, a pilot grant program funded by the California Arts Council.

The grant award, announced by Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County (FSA) will fund LHP to work with a Central Coast-based artist for one year.

The artist will work in collaboration with a parent-led advocacy group known as the Guadalupe Community Changers, which supports the development of community projects; encourages other parents to be more engaged in their children’s education; and offers leadership opportunities to increase civic participation.

“This opportunity will strengthen our organization’s outreach and advocacy efforts by increasing our program’s visibility and by expanding our community engagement work,” said Samuel Duarte, community engagement/leadership development manager.

“Integrating culturally relevant art into the Community Changer’s campaigns and projects, can increase participation and discussion among the underrepresented members of our community,” he said.

“We look forward to working with The Little House By The Park over the next year and seeing the impact it has on our communities,” said Hannah Rubalcava, grants and contracts manager, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, lead administering organization for the Central Coast Creative Corps.

The Central Coast Creative Corps is shared and administered by county-designated arts agencies from six counties. The program is part of the California Creative Corps, developed by the California Arts Council in partnership with the State legislature.

California Creative Corps is an economic and workforce recovery pilot program intended to support pandemic recovery and the environmental, civic and social engagement of California’s most disproportionately impacted communities.