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VENTURA–Money for the Arts: The Experts Weigh In

May 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm


VENTURA–Join City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Commissioners for a panel discussion on arts grants, funding, development, and creative collaboration.


Karyl Lynn Burns is the founder and artistic director of the Rubicon Theatre Company, a not-for-profit professional theatre company based in Ventura. The company began as an actors’ and directors’ company and is committed to creating a nurturing environment for artists, where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. She also acted with the Ensemble Theatre Company and ran an arts consulting firm.

Katie Deutschman is a development professional who has raised more than $36 million for the Southern California community. She is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Turtle Type, Inc, a fundraising consulting firm, and is a faculty member of California Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership where she develops and teaches courses designed for nonprofits aimed at improving their advancement plans and skills.

MB Hanrahan is a well-known freelance artist whose colorful murals adorn many walls in  Ventura and Southern California. She designs merchandise for the music industry, and creates paintings, installations and Dia de los Muertos figures. Her series of holiday cards has been featured in gallery exhibits and she is a fixture at local schools where she involves students in creating art for public spaces. MB has been very successful at finding funding and grants for her projects.

Georgeanne Lees formerly worked at the City of Ventura. During her long career, Georgeanne served as the Cultural Affairs and Community Partnerships Supervisor and oversaw the Cultural Affairs Funding Grant Program and permitting for the city. She also produced such annual city events as Music Under the Stars at the historic Olivas Adobe, Children’s Celebration of the Arts Educational Outreach program, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and the Fourth of July Street Fair.  She is currently VP of the Ventura County Arts Council and a liaison for Artists in the Classroom. 

Felicia Kelley is Project and Evaluation Director at California Humanities. Based in the Los Angeles office, she has worked on grants and program development and management for more than 20 years. Felicia participates in Southern California Grantmakers’ Art Funders cohort and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the California Arts Council, the California State Library, and other agencies.

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

City Hall Community Meeting Room 

501 Poli Street 

Ventura, California 

Event is free to the public. Registration is required.

For more information, e-mail editor@artsventura.org.

Questions for the panel can be e-mailed or submitted on the events page


May 29, 2019
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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City Hall Community Meeting Room
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
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