ArtsinStark will award $85,000 in Special Project Grants for arts-related programs countywide. There are 15 grants of up to $7,500 apiece, and 32 mini-grants of $750 or less. An additional $55,000 will be awarded to SmARTs partnerships with schools.

The funded programs will involve more than 200 artists and 24,000 participants, reports Anne Wadian, grants officer for ArtsinStark.

Seven mini-grants are being awarded to individual artists including Claire Murray Adams, who will create handkerchief memories for seniors; Margene May, who will design a quilt with middle-school students, and Marty Chapman, who will host a woodturning show featuring area craftsmen.

Mini-grants awarded to area schools will fund a pop-art stamp project with Fairless Elementary and High schools, a solar powered “tree of light” sculpture at Louisville Middle School, and the creation of illuminated poetry at North Canton Elementary.

Among area non-profit organizations receiving mini-grants are the Julliard Arts Center, for the creation of mannequins to portray historic artists; the Paul & Carol David YMCA to host an after-school theatre program for 350 youth, and Stark County Jobs and Family Services, for a 10-week hip-hop dance program.

“It’s truly amazing and inspirational as to the level of programming that some of the groups can accomplish with only $500,” Wadian says.

Larger grant-funded projects by non-profits include Canton Calvary Mission’s recording studio project for teens, a 16-week schedule of live entertainment at the Lions Lincoln Theatre, Soroptomists International’s film regarding the empowerment of women, and jazz activities and concerts surrounding the North Canton Playhouse’s upcoming production of “Chicago.”

A complete list of grant winners can be found at ArtsinStark.com under the GRANTS heading.

For the latest RFP announcments, visit 2012 Requests For Proposals.

For more on grants and grant writing, visit Grant Pros.


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