SPOTLIGHT

SGAAC Announces Creative Community Grant Awards

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition (SGAAC) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Creative Community Grants and the 2015 Artistic Development Grants. Grants were awarded based on artistic merit, community impact, the potential for artistic development, the number of individuals benefiting from the project, and the ability to meet financial matching requirements.

This year $10,500 in grants were awarded. The money is raised through SGAAC events like The Match Game and the annual Art Out of the Closet auction. The Wisconsin Arts Board also matches money raised by SGAAC on a percentage basis. This year’s grant recipients are as follows:

The White Church Project - $3890. This grant will support a series of guest lectures, performances and films to be offered this summer at The White Church, located on Highway 23 in the Wyoming Valley. The programs will feature internationally recognized scholars and performers.

Arena Community Elementary School (ACES) - $1,960. This grant underwrites a school field trip to Spring Green arts-based businesses. Students will be introduced to local artists and their media and will explore how engineering and science are incorporated into the production of art in various media. The students will present their observations on the role of technology in the arts in a video documentary which will be posted on the River Valley School District website and the RV Art Department Facebook page.

Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center - $1,500. A collaborative effort by the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center, Taliesin and the River Valley School District will celebrate the sciences and their connection to the arts as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival on October 22-25, 2015. Fourth and fifth grade students will participate in Art and the Cosmic Connection, a program created by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Student artwork created in the program will be featured in signage along a Planet Walk beside the Taliesin bike/pedestrian path. Workshops and other events will be offered to the public.

Village of Spring Green - $1,000. This grant will support the further development of artistic activities during the community’s annual Country Christmas celebration. Performances and workshops by local musicians and artists will be featured.

Solstice Jazz Band (River Valley Players) - $750. This grant will help underwrite the Big Band Jam event scheduled for July 9, 2015 in downtown Spring Green. The concert in the Post House Garden will feature 60 exceptional area musicians performing in three big band ensembles.

Rural Musicians Forum - $200. Funds will support RMF’s new program, “For Openers” which will create performance opportunities for local student musicians. Student musicians selected for the program will give public performances at the beginning of the July 27 and August 10 Unity Chapel summer concerts hosted by RMF.

Julie Tallard Johnson Artistic Development Grant -$800. Writer Tallard Johnson will use her grant to develop new methods of teaching creative writing to students over age 50 in the Write Your Own Story program to be hosted by the Kraemer Library in Plain in June.

Ali Kauss Artistic Development Grant - $400. Metalsmith and jewelry artist Kauss will explore new techniques and forms as she develops a new exhibition for 2016.

Reviewing this year’s grant applications were John Hess, Derry Graves, Gigi LaBudde and Derrick Gee. Terry Kerr, current SGAAC President, coordinated the grant review process, and Barbara Morford served as a technical advisor to grant applicants.