Ink People’s MARZ Project wins California Arts Council Grant

This is a press release from the Ink People:

Music mentor Cory Goldman teaching audio production software to a MARZ student

The Ink People’s MARZ Project Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

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

Eureka, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award a total of $16,200, to The MARZ Project as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program provides support for community-driven arts projects 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.

The MARZ Project is a drop in digital arts studio where anyone ages 12 to 26 can work one on one with professional artist mentors on their own audio, video, and digital graphics projects.  The youth who come to MARZ are usually those who don’t have access to other creative tools. At MARZ these at-risk youth and young adults can learn professional production skills while engaging in healthy self expression.

“All of our services are free for the folks who come here.” says MARZ Project Manager Kati Texas.  “We couldn’t offer that without this grant from the California Arts Council, and our other generous supporters.”

The MARZ Project 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. “The MARZ Project is crucial to help arts and culture opportunities reach California’s marginalized communities, and to promote the unique creative expressions within that community.”

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.

For a complete list of programs supported by the California Arts Council Local Impact grants, go to  To find out more about the Ink People or the MARZ Project, visit



  • Awesome news for a great project!

  • Equity? Young people only. That’s not equity.

    What does “marginalized” mean anyway? As a “white” male in Humboldt who is not feminized I am marginalized by the lesbians and other feminists who run the colleges and most of the nonprofits, resulting in not being hired. I work a law wage position even though I have great skills, experience and a college degree. HSU won’t even interview me even though I graduated with high honors.

    That’s diversity for you.

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