SGAAC Awards $12,000 in Grants

Spring Green Area Arts Coalition Press Release

Four arts and cultural organizations have been awarded Creative Community Grants by the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition for 2013. Grants were awarded based on benefit to the community, artistic merit, the potential for artistic development, number of individuals benefiting from the project, and the ability to meet financial matching requirements. Reviewing grant applications were John Christensen, Evelyn Matten, Pamela Stefansson and Eric Ferguson. The process was led by Terry Kerr, current chair of the grants committee.

Recipient of the largest grant was the White Church Theatre Project, an intensive summer school program offering in-depth study of corporeal mime. Created by Etienne Decroux, it is an innovative method and precise technique focusing on the body and physical action in theater. The Creative Community Grant will underwrite costs of production and publicity. Students will perform with the Theatre de l’Ange Fou and give public performances and lectures demonstrating the students’ creative work.

The Spring Green Elementary Art and Music Program: The grant will provide partial funding for an interactive Smart Board for the River Valley Elementary School Art and Music room. The technology enhances the artistic development of students in music and art by giving them access to video and internet resources. After the Smart Board is installed, the school will host an open house so music and art students can demonstrate the educational benefits of the Smart Board.

River Valley High School Choir Department: Funds will support next year’s POPS concert, which brings together community members and students performing pop, jazz, country and rock.

Rural Musicians Forum: Funds will support the development of a multidisciplinary special event, Dia de los Muertos, a celebration that honors Hispanic music, arts, literature and culture.

The Arts Coalition also awarded an Artistic Development Grant to Caitlin Ruby Miller to attend an intensive five-week operatic training program at La Musica Lirica in the Emilio-Romagno region of Italy this summer. This grant was created in 2010 to aid an individual’s creative development. Miller is a graduate of River Valley High School and pursuing a degree in vocal performance-opera singer.

Finally, scholarships were awarded to two River Valley High School seniors. Receiving $200 each were Katilyn Peck for the study of literature and creative writing, and Alyssa Sorce for the study of photography. These scholarships are renewable for as long as the student is in school.

The Creative Community Grants are made possible by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board that is matched by the Arts Coalition with funds raised in the community through Art Out of the Closet, a recycled art auction, and Match Game, an annual celebrity game show. In addition, corporate gifts from Cardinal Glass CG, Cardinal Glass IG and The Peoples Community Bank plus donations from area businesses and individuals, especially this year’s Decade Donors, are combined to match the grant. The Arts Coalition is one of 16 statewide groups responsible for distributing state funds to local arts programs.

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