Arts Council of York County gives $5,500 in small grants

From staff reportsJanuary 10, 2014 

— The Arts Council of York County announced recently small grants awards for the third quarter totaling $5,500.

Small grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. Organizations and individual artists living in York County may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

Recipients include:

• Carolina Crown Inc.: $1,000. The Carolina Crown HonorBAND is an affiliate program of the 2013 Drum Corps International Champion Carolina Crown drum corps.

The HonorBAND program brings together 80 of York County’s middle school musicians for two days of learning and sharing with peers. Carolina Crown selects event clinicians/conductors from some of the most acclaimed middle school, high school, and college educators from across the Southeast. Students audition for placement in the HonorBAND. The event culminates with a free performance Jan. 29 at Nation Ford High School.

This grant will offset the costs associated with the two-day clinic. Visit

• Culture & Heritage Museums: $500. The Culture & Heritage Museums will open a new exhibit at the Museum of York County showcasing the work of students taking the Comparative Anatomy Illustration Course at Winthrop University.

Class instructor Dave Brown utilizes the Naturalist Center at the museum for specimen observation and sketching. The exhibit will feature sketches, final illustrations, sculptures created by each student during the course, with special representations of mammalian anatomy as inspired by their museum visits, with panels introducing the exhibit and detailing the work. Artist Matt Andrews will create two additional panels. The exhibit will be on display until August.

This grant will help to cover the cost of the graphic panels and supplies needed for the installation. Visit

• Friday Arts Project: $1,000. The Friday Arts Project is conducting its third annual arts forum Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

This year’s tackles Truth, and is titled, “Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing,” inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Tell All the Truth.” The Friday Arts Project’s forum will focus on the way poetry, story-telling and narrative bears truth to challenge and invites positive change.

This grant will help to cover the cost of the guest speaker and operational costs. Visit

• Northwestern High School: $1,000. Northwestern High School is producing the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” this spring.

This 1967 musical is based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip, “Peanuts.”

This grant will help to cover the cost of royalties to Tams Whitmark, Music Library Inc. and to cover the publicity costs involved with promotion of the production.

• Sullivan Middle School: $1,000. Sullivan Middle School is bringing the Chamber Theater Ensemble group to perform a series of plays for the eighth-graders, including Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” W. W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw,” Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and Guy De Maupassant’s “The Necklace.”

Sullivan Middle will extend an invitation to the remaining four middle schools in Rock Hill School District Three to attend. The short plays will help address the Common Core State Standard Reading Literature 8.7: “Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.”

• WFBK/Spirit Broadcasting: $1,000. WFBK is a nonprofit, public radio station based in Fort Mill, established in 2012. WFBK has been awarded this grant to buy equipment to record live cultural music events for broadcast. 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. Visit

To review guidelines, visit, on the grants page under the “The Arts” heading. The next deadline is March 3 for programs occurring in April, May and June .

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