2019 ACE Grants in Los Angeles


Announcing the Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2019 Artist Community Engagement Grant Recipients in LA

Los Angeles, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the newest season of our Artist Community Engagement (ACE) Grants in Los Angeles: Aydinaneth Ortiz, Emily Marchand, Jasmine Nyende, Jimena Sarno, and Rebecka Jackson.

The goal of the ACE Grants is to make a positive and lasting impact on the artist community, especially in support of artistic collaboration, special projects, and community engagement. The ACE Grant makes a wide range of project formats possible, such as panel discussions, artist talks, public presentations, workshops, web-based activities, lectures, screenings, publications, and other public events or cultural exchanges. These five ACE grantees reflect the full potential of the projects we support and facilitate.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30. The Foundation has evolved into a dynamic and effective organization, offering both unrestricted and community-based grants, by nomination only, to promising emerging artists who demonstrate an ability and commitment to making substantial contributions in the arts. Through the generosity of individual donors, artists, galleries, and organizations, such as the Warhol Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation continues to increase its impact in New York City and Los Angeles, and has awarded over 200 unrestricted cash grants to artists in New York City and Los Angeles since 1995.

Through careful deliberation by our selection committee, five artist proposals were chosen to receive funding ranging from $1,250-$1,500 to carry out these projects.

Please help us congratulate the five 2019 ACE Grantees by reading more about their projects and sharing the information:

“North Long Beach Creates” by Aydinaneth Ortiz

Ortiz’s “North Long Beach Creates,” a series of free public workshops, will take place over the course of seven weeks from July to August at the local artist-run studio Flatline Gallery. The workshops will be lead by three different artists who guide participants in learning a new skill, ranging from painting to printmaking. To further promote community involvement, the artist will promote the workshops in collaboration with local businesses, schools, and libraries. During the culminating event of the workshops, the artist will invite participants to share out personal stories and record them to memorialize the oral histories of the residents.

“Feed Us Fund Us” by Emily Marchand

Artist Emily Marchand aims to start her own artist grant program through her “Feed Us Fund Us” supper club, which will meet bi-monthly to encourage community connection and bonding. With a revolving crew of cooks and artists, the supper club will generate funds to support small artist grants and art projects. Moreover, the dinners will be made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.







“Futility, Trade, and Narrative: Threads of Resistance” by Jasmine Nyende

With a series of three intimate, artist-lead workshops, Jasmine Nyende will foster small group discussions on race, gender identity, class, and culture. The workshops will each focus on studying a different skill such as spinning yarn, weaving, and embroidery in addition to examining how these skills are viewed and valued by society. These workshops will be assisted by Nyende’s fellow artists and textile workers Frau Fiber, Pierre Davis, and Diedrick Brackens.


“The International Expanded Field” by Jimena Sarno, collaborator: Gelare Khoshgozaran 

By taking a critical look at the solidarity movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, artist Jimena Sarno will foster an extended dialog amongst artists and educators of color living in Los Angeles who have immigrant backgrounds from various countries in the Global South. During this three-day event, participants are invited to present some of their work as it pertains to the topic of the day’s event, share personal stories, and bring their families into the discussions. In a culminating event, participants will build a long table in the center of the space at the Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles, around which artists, educators, and their families will eat, engage in discussion, and foster solidarity around cultural meals.




“In Conversation: The Black Aesthetic, 1971-2019” by Rebecka Jackson

Through the lens of the seminal text, “The Black Aesthetic,” first published in 1971, Rebecka Jackson will lead a community forum consisting of several panels and interviews about the progress and future of black artists in contemporary society. Of the several interviewees, one of the original authors of “The Black Aesthetic,” Ron Karenga, is among them. The panel discussions will grapple with understanding what black art is in modern times, what is the “black aesthetic” now, the lengths to which society has progressed in its acceptance or understanding of black art, and the lengths to which it is regressed.

For inquiries, please contact Director at director@rhmfoundation.org.

Rema Hort Mann Foundation
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New York, NY 10013