ANNOUNCING CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF THE SALIDA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS’ COMMUNITY GRANT
The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) is proud to announce the current recipients of the 2018 SCFTA Community Grants, “which support specific arts and cultural projects or events,” according to Community Grants Chair Jessie Miller.
The 5 winners for this cycle of Community Grants are as follows:
Merry Cox has been awarded a $500 Grant for her proposal of “Blessed are the Pollinators Project,” which is a collaborative art installation designed to bring awareness to the plight of the pollinator by flying 1000 prayer flags made by you, your neighbors, and your children. These pollinator flags will be hung up throughout town September 22-23, 2018, during the Art Studio Tour;
Tarek Abzoun, on behalf of Red Noses Palestine, has been awarded $500 for their “The Clown In You” project for a 2-day Clowning Intensive for adults in Chaffee County, which will take place when 4 members of Red Noses Palestine will be coming to Salida in September 2018 for a 2 week residency. Red Noses Palenstine are clown doctors who travel through West Bank hospitals and refugee camps, offering relief through laughter and play to sick and suffering people;
Elliott Jackson, on behalf of Artcipate, has been awarded $500 for their “Scrapyard” project, a class that will be offered to students who will be partnered with local instrument makers, woodworkers, metalworkers, ceramicists, and fabric artists as they create instruments our of recycled materials and “junk.” The students will design and build their opwn instruments, create characters for themselves, and then participate in a musical/drama performance at the end of their class period, while learning about art and recycling of materials along their journeys;
Devon Kasper has been awarded $500 for her annual event of “Shakespeare in the Park.” This year marks the 8th consecutive year for the Shakesperare in the Park community performances, which includes participation from experienced Stage Left veteran adults, college aged alumni, active high school drama team members, and more;
Angela Welborn, on behalf of Chaffee County EMS, has been awarded $500 for their “CCEMS Missions Statement Vision” project, where the CCEMS will commission a painted mural by Tina Gramann, and a sculpture by a local sculpture artist in honor of Dr. Randy Rodak, the Medical Director for CCEMS prior to his passing in 2008. These public art works will be unveiled during the CCEMS public open house during national EMS Week of 2019.
Recipients of the Community Grants were announced, introduced and awarded their checks by Jessie Miller, on behalf of the Salida Council for the Arts and the Community Grants Committee, at the Creative Mixer last night at the Salida SteamPlant, a monthly event taking place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm.
In 2017, the Council received 28 exceptional applications, 6 of which were awarded $500 each in Community Grants, totaling $3000. The multitude of applications and the true creative passion of the applicants spoke to the strength of arts and culture in our local community. Congratulations to all the current Grant recipients!” exclaims Miller. This July 2018 marks the first cycle of the 2018 Community Grants. This year, the SCFTA plans to award 10 Community Grants recipients $500 each, for a record total of $5000 for a fiscal year.
These Community Grant projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida Community and be supportive of the Council’s Mission Statement. Sue Ann Hum, SCFTA President, added, “We hope to be able to provide annual support in our community with similar grants. Giving matters. Area residents’ financial support of the Council’s activities and fundraising will continue to make these Grants available in the future, enriching the cultural life of our community. If you want to contribute to the Arts Council, just click on "Support" on our website at "http://www.salidacouncilforthearts.org"
The SCFTA Mission Statement: “Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, businesses, government and educational institutions.”