SACRAMENTO—An obscure state board awarded six- and seven-figure grants Wednesday to dozens of museums and cultural groups, including several that legislators long have championed.
The California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board gave out more than $35 million for projects that included rebuilding a military fort at an Indian reservation outside Fresno, restoring murals at the Santa Monica Public Library and remodeling a downtown Los Angeles building to house the Latino Theater Company.
The theater company received the single largest grant at $4 million.
“Fantastic,” said Jose Luis Valenzuela of the theater company. “We deserve it. We need it.”
Other recipients included:
• The Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco Bay, called the Ellis Island for Asian immigrants. It sought $5 million and received $3 million, the second-largest grant.
Assembly leaders also pushed for funding of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, which received $2.5 million to continue building a memorial to the founder of the United Farm Workers in the Kern County town of Keene. And they had championed the Capital Unity Coalition, which received $2.2 million for a multicultural museum near the state Capitol.