Newly Appointed Commissioner Has Big Plans For Conejo Valley Arts Community

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Constance Jolcuvar, seated at The Rabbit Hole in Westlake Village, is a 24-year Agoura Hills resident.

Constance Jolcuvar, an Agoura Hills resident, was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “I am beyond excited,” said Jolcuvar, who was instrumental in the formation of the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and actively involved in the Malibu arts and culture scene. “It’s such an honor.”

Kuehl said she selected Jolcuvar, not only for her artistic sensibility, but for her civic and business acumen. “I was very pleased to appoint Connie Jolcuvar to the LA County Arts Commission,” Kuehl said in an email to CV Happening. “As an artist, milliner for so many productions, costumer for several summer Olympics, small businesswoman and spark plug behind the Reyes Adobe Days and The Art Scene, Connie has shown a deep understanding of the roles of entrepreneurial artists.  She will bring a civic engagement focus to the Commission.” 

Per the Arts Commission website:

The LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources.

A documentary producer and former film and TV costumer designer, Jolcuvar created head wear for such high profile stars as Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks and designed period hats for such popular television series as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. ”

“There has never been representation [on the commission] in our area before now, which encompasses Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Malibu,” she said.  Joculvar is one of three commissioners in Kuehl’s third district. 

The main focus of the commission is to give away substantive monetary grants to non-profit artists, public art, art-related programs and arts education. “People are under the assumption that this area does not need any funding, that we’re doing okay,” said Jolcuvar. “But that’s not true. I believe the commission can be helpful in furthering the arts here in a positive way.”

A big proponent of arts in education, Jolcuvar also wants to implement more school programs. “My vision is for a big push towards art education,” she said. Jolcuvar is” impressed by the many programs the commission offers to the public.”

Grant application season begins in September. “The requirement to apply for a grant is to have an established non-profit, or 501 3 c status, for two years,” said Jolcuvar. “We fund projects large and small, from the building of the Motion Picture Academy’s Museum to a small dance company.” Accordig to Jolcuvar, most applicants receive some type of funding but that it’s up to the commissioners to decide on how much to distribute.

“I like to think of myself as an ambassador,” she said. “I will go around the community letting people know what’s available to them and how to go about it.”

For information about the Arts Commission, click on one of the links below:

Organizational Grant Program: http://lacountyarts.org/grants.html 

Civic Art: http://lacountyarts.org/civicart.htm

Arts Education: http://www.lacountyartsforall.org/

Ford Theatres: http://fordtheatres.org/


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