York County’s Arts Council names small grant winners

news@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 4, 2013 

— The Arts Council of York County announces the allocation of Small Grants awards for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.

Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

•  Omegas of Rock Hill: $350. To help fund the Talent Hunt Program of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., a program that has touched thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to make outstanding contributions to their communities and our world. The national organization of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. requires all chapters of the fraternity to participate in the Talent Hunt Program on the local level. This program is designed to provide exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Originally created by Brother J. Austin Atkins of Winston Salem, N.C., and by Dr. Dewey Duckett of Rock Hill, the winners of the Talent Hunt Program are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.

•  Springfield Elementary School: $971.06. To help fund the creation and installation of an art gallery in the foyer of the school where students’ artwork will be exhibited. This gallery will demonstrate Springfield Elementary School's commitment to the arts, and will provide a space for students to take pride in their work, thus building a life-long interest in the arts. This project has the full support of the Parent Teacher Association, Principal Peter Olinger, and Springfield Elementary School’s art teacher, Roberta Martin.

•  Old Pointe Elementary School: $750. To help fund Old Pointe Elementary School's Artist-in-Residence program. During a two-week residency, internationally acclaimed sculptor, Bob Doster will work with third, fourth and fifth graders to create three permanent sculptures for the front entrance of Old Pointe Elementary School. The Pre-K through second grade students will be invited to observe the process.

•  Clinton Junior College: $450. To help fund the arts talk and exhibition “Voices from the Water: Indigo Batik” by Arianne King Comer, at Clinton Junior College’s Dalton Gallery. The exhibition will run from February through May 2013.

•  Stephanie Milling, Individual Artist: $357.50. To help fund a collaborative project between dancer Stephanie Milling, musician Tomoko Deguchi; and vocalist Kristen Wonderlich. The project will appear in the Charlotte Dance Festival to be held at the Booth Playhouse in uptown Charlotte on February 15-16, 2013. The performance will also be shown in York County – dates TBD.

•  Carolina Crown Inc.: $750. To help fund the Carolina Crown HonorBAND program, a competitive day-and-a-half clinic for middle school band students.

•  Rock Hill Community Theatre: $700. To help fund I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, a celebration of the mating game that takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.”

To review guidelines go to yorkcountyarts.org under the Grants link within the The Arts heading. The next deadline is March 1 for programs occurring in April, May and June.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

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