SEPTEMBER 26th, 2021

City Announces 2021 WeHo Artist Performance Grant Recipients

Post Date:August 10, 2021 11:19 AM

Artist Performance Grantees - 2021The City of West Hollywood has awarded six resident artists $5,000 grants for the City’s 2021 WeHo Artist Performance Grant program: Aleksandr Lukanov, Alula Yohanes Tsadik, Bvffalo, K Ryan Henisey, Leopold Nunan Soares, and Natti Vogel.

During the upcoming weeks, performances will take place outdoors in the City of West Hollywood and anyone attending is encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet regardless of vaccination status. The City of West Hollywood follows health and safety guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

“I encourage everyone to search out and experience our summer performances,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico. “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sharing a moment with a performing artist. Enjoy!”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the reality of life in the City of West Hollywood and communities around the world, performing artists are among those who have been severely impacted. The WeHo Artist Performance Grant, initiated on May 3, 2021, is a direct response to resident performing artists who have been detrimentally affected by the pandemic. As an extension of the WeHo Artist Grant program, this temporary category provides direct support for individual performing artists living in the City of West Hollywood.

The WeHo Artist Performance Grant will help to financially support resident performing artists while offering them the opportunity to share their talents with the community in an easily accessible way. WeHo Artist Performance Grant funding is recommended by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and approved by the City Council of the City of West Hollywood.

Leopold Nunan Soares is a Brazilian-American multi-disciplinary artist (singer, dancer, actor), Los Angeles community leader, and queer activist. He was classically trained in theatre and ballet in Rio de Janeiro. At 18, he recorded his first international hit single “I’ve Got It,” which aired on MTV and played worldwide. Leopold is known as the first house music singer in Brazil and will present “Leo from Rio Sound Machine” – a two-hour dance music show extravaganza. This interactive pop-up dance event on wheels will showcase Carnaval Parade Costumes, dancers, live drums, acrobats, drag queens and a DJ on a sound truck. This fabulous carnaval event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2021 in West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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