SGAAC Awards Grants to Five Arts Groups

Five arts and cultural organizations have been awarded over $10,000 in Creative Community Grants by the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition for 2014. 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. Reviewing grant applications were John Hess, Katie McGrath and Jeannie McCarville. The process was led by Terry Kerr, current Board member and chair of the grants committee. The awards were made the first week in April.

Recipient of the largest grant is the White Church Theatre Project that will present four different performances of Mime and Physical Theatre throughout July and August, including a newly commissioned work for the Madison-based Kanopy Dance Company. In addition, they will hold a Summer School in Mime and Physical Theatre, offering classes, lectures and public performance opportunities to students coming from the Spring Green area, the broader United States and Europe. The Creative Community grant will offset costs for renting lights and video equipment.

Lone Rock Historical Society: The grant will underwrite costs of production and publicity for “Thunder in the River Valley,” a Civil War re-enactment showcasing the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery. The event in early June demonstrates the historical significance of the Lone Rock area during the Civil War. It is a two-day living history event with more than 50 Civil War re-enactors participating.

River Valley High School Choir Department: Funds will support the production of the 2015 POPS concert which brings together community members, teachers and students performing pop, jazz, country and rock.

Rural Musicians Forum: Funds will support orchestral costs of two performances of Johannes Brahams’ A German Requiem, Op. 45 in mid-August. The musical event, directed by Effi Casey, will bring together a 20-piece orchestra and a 50-member chorus, inviting as many area singers and musicians to participate as possible, including high school students from Spring Green.

Arts Adventure for Children at the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center: Inez Learn will lead a three-day workshop in the fall for children ages 8-15. Students will work with six local artists who will introduce various forms of visual art. Students will then create their own works, reflecting what they have learned. The workshop will conclude with a public exhibit of their work. Funds will underwrite costs of art supplies and teaching materials.

The Creative Community Grants are made possible by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board that is matched by the Arts Coalition with funds raised in the community through events such as Art Out of the Closet, a recycled art auction, and Match Game, an annual celebrity game show. In addition, memberships dues and donations from area businesses and individuals are combined to match the grant. The Arts Coalition will offer a second regranting opportunity this year. Details will be announced in the near future.