Arts Council of York County awards small grants

November 1, 2013 

— The Arts Council of York County announces the Small Grants award recipients for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 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.

Recipients include:

• Dot Killian, $1,000. Killian will use the funds granted to bring Grammy award winning jazz artist, Ben Williams, to Rock Hill. Williams will present two master classes at local high schools, and will perform at the City Club of Rock Hill on Dec.20. Ben will be accompanied by his band, Sound Effect. Williams won his Grammy for Best Jazz Solo Instrumental for his work with Pat Metheny and the Unity Band.

• Ron Parks, $1,000. Parks will present joint concerts featuring the Charlotte-based Bechtler Ensemble and Out of Bounds Ensemble, conducted by Alan Yamamoto at Winthrop University’s Barnes Recital Hall on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. The concerts will feature works by Mahler, arranged by Yamamoto for the combined ensembles, and recent music written by regional composers such as John Allemeir (UNC-C), Craig Bove (CPCC) and Ron Parks. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

• Barbara Curry, $1,000. Curry is a studio artist who will move into the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill in October. Prior to that, she renovated a studio at the Gettys Art Center in 2012, giving it a fresh coat of paint, new sheet rock, and space to display completed works. Curry plans to use the funds granted to construct four acrylic and mixed media art installations.

• Karen Collins, $750. Collins, a 20-year veteran of the Hollywood film industry, has retired to Rock Hill. In her retirement, she has partnered with the Arts Council to bring independent films to York County. With this grant, Collins will bring Jim de Sève and Kian Tjong, the filmmakers of Tying the Knot and ManDove, to Rock Hill. While in residence, de Sève and Tjong will participate in workshops in Winthrop University’s classes and film clubs. They will also host public screenings of Tying the Knot and ManDove at Winthrop University’s DiGiorgio Campus Center. Following each screening, de Sève and Tjong will participate in question and answer sessions open to the audience. This is a collaborative effort with Winthrop University’s Student Affairs, Winthrop University’s Global Initiative, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

• ChristmasVille, $500. ChristmasVille intends to bring Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author of The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas to the City Club of Rock Hill on Dec. 6, during the 2013 ChristmasVille Festival. Andrews will speak about her new Christmas book and will sign copies while in attendance.

• WFBK, $350. WFBK is a nonprofit, public radio station based in Fort Mill, established in 2012. WFBK has been awarded this Small grant in order to secure the equipment necessary to record live cultural music events for broadcast on the station. These recordings will be offered to SCETV Radio and NPR radio stations for wider broadcast coverage. By broadcasting local concerts, WFBK strives to bring an increased awareness and attendance to events happening in York County.

• Casey Mink and Dominique Verechia, $645. On the evening of Dec. 1, violinist Casey Mink and painter Dominique Verecchia will present a collaborative recital and exhibition to the public entitled, Charms of the Night Sky at the Courtroom in the Gettys Art Center. This is the second collaborative artistic venture between Mink & Verecchia. An evening of interplay between visual and performing art, Charms of the Night Sky will showcase music and painting evocative of night landscapes. The Small Grant awarded to Mink and Verecchia will offset the expenses of travel, marketing, artist materials and production.

• Woman’s Art Initiative, $200. A group of women - artists, professionals, civic leaders and enthusiasts formed a group whose focus is to develop an arts initiative in York County. They hope to raise awareness and funds for public art and education in the community. Their sights are set on bringing additional public art projects to the city like Berry Bate’s Emerging Spirit, located on Elk Avenue in Old Town Rock Hill, thanks to a partnership between the City of Rock Hill and the Arts Council of York County. The Women’s Art Initiative has been awarded a Small Grant to assist with the costs associated with a direct mail campaign inviting new members to help support public art in York County.

Total allocations for second quarter was $5,515. To review guidelines go to under the Grants link within the The Arts heading. The next deadline is Dec. 2 for programs in January-March.

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