Rising Arts Leaders is bringing back the Virgil Yalong Quick Grants, named after Virgil Yalong, a longtime Rising Arts Leaders Steering Committee member, fearless arts advocate and champion of the arts in San Diego.
Rising Arts Leaders provides a limited number of competitive, professional development grants of up to $1,000 each to San Diego based emerging arts professionals and artists.
Come to our June Arts Hour where you can learn more about the Virgil Yalong Quick Grant and how to craft a stellar proposal. Shayla James, Chair and Katie Lorge, Co-Chair will give an overview of the Quick Grant process: guidelines, application materials, and reporting timeline. Then, Steering Committee member Nicole Verdes will share grant writing tips for attendees with any level of experience in writing proposals. Steering Committee members on the Quick Grant Committee will be ready to answer any questions you have about the grant and your proposals. We hope to see you there!
Shayla James balances her time as an educator, performer, arts administrator, and researcher in the non-profit sector. She is a multi-instrumentalist who believes in being an advocate for accessible arts education and programming for all ages. She is the owner of Sempre Music Studio, an energetic and creativity focused studio that offers high quality music education. Her work is rooted in community empowerment and collaboration across disciplines.
She co-leads an online forum for San Diego Teaching Artists, called Teaching Artists Circle. As a researcher, her interests include arts education, cultural policy and equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility practices. She was previously the Membership Co-Chair for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego. She is on the Arts, Culture, and Design Committee for the Port of San Diego and Arts+Culture: San Diego Community Advisory Council through the Rise Up for the Arts Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and putting together jigsaw puzzles.
Katie Lorge (she/her/hers) has spent the past 10 years working in the arts, education, nonprofits, and philanthropy. In her current role as Creative Youth Development Programs Manager at the Clare Rose Foundation, she supports field-building and grantmaking initiatives that serve CYD practitioners, organizations, and young people and is a key thought partner in growing the Foundation’s work in the field of CYD.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from UCSD in 2009 with a BA in Dance. She has created, performed, and curated dance works in San Diego and New York City.
Katie has completed continuing education coursework in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children at the 92nd Street Y and Blogging and Copyediting at UCSD, and has served on the Steering Committee of Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego since 2019, holding the roles of Membership Co-Chair and Vice Chair.
Nicole Verdes (she/they) has been serving as Board President for Lambda Archives since August of 2018 after serving as Board Treasurer since 2017. She is a passionate arts advocate and political activist and has spent several years involved in local Queer organizations serving as co-chair of the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Young Professional’s Council and as Board Treasurer for Volunteer With Cheli.
In 2020, Nicole was a panelist for the California Arts Council’s pilot program–Administrators of Color Fellowship, which seeks to bolster opportunities for BIPOC in arts administration, with the intention of creating the deserved opportunity for people of color across and throughout the arts sector. Originally from San Bernardino County, Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Sociological Practice from Cal State San Marcos.