At their March 8th meeting the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) approved funding requests for Jubilee and the Independent Shakespeare Company.
Silver Lake’s music & art festival, Jubilee, received approval for $1,000 instead of the $2,500 sponsorship originally requested. While, the Independent Shakespeare Company, a classical-play group, received approval for the full $5,000 they requested to continue with structural upgrades to their theatre stage.
In just over a year Jubilee and the Independent Shakespeare Company have collectively received a total of $16,000 in direct funding from the AVNC, just over 1/3rd of the AVNC’s yearly budget. All the while the AVNC seems to have underfunded Atwater Village community projects and events; often-forcing local groups to depend more on private donors.
Last Fall the Atwater Elementary School raised over $12,000 (of the $15,000 needed) in private donations to reopen the school library; which had been closed due to budget shortcuts. The AVNC contributed only $3,000, which was allocated 18 months earlier as part of their "educational budget". The AVNC declined to provide additional funding citing “budget difficulties”. At the time they made no mention of the extra $6,000 in their budget that suddenly “materialized” this month to fund the requests by Jubilee and the Independent Shakespeare Company.