Two grants totaling $120,000 have been awarded to projects related to Santa Monica State Beach.

The inaugural all-night festival “Glow,” scheduled July 19th, received $20,000 in funding Thursday, April 3rd, from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Glow” is scheduled to take place on the beach and Santa Monica Pier between dusk and dawn. Two innovative, participatory works of art have been commissioned for the event, along with additional performances by local artists, event organizers said. The festival is based on Nuit Blanche in Paris.

Information, www.glowsanta monica.org/.

The Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation awarded a $100,000 grant Friday, April 4th, for a cultural mapping project through the Preserve America initiative. The program encourages and supports community-based efforts to preserve and enjoy the nation’s cultural and natural heritage.

Of the 43 grants awarded across 25 states in Round One of 2008, Santa Monica is the only community in California to receive funding, and one of only 11 to receive funding at the $100,000-plus level, city officials said.

The cultural mapping project will seek to uncover and preserve the heritage of Santa Monica State Beach through comprehensive research including collection of oral histories.

The resulting inventory of resources will be available to the community and will provide the foundation from which other projects may grow, including interpretive displays at the new Annenberg Community Beach House and a comprehensive signage and wayfinding system at the beach, city officials said. The project will ultimately promote heritage tourism in Santa Monica, officials added.

Information on the Preserve America initiative, www.preserve america.gov/.

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