SPOTLIGHT

SGAAC Now Accepting Small Grant Applications

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition is now accepting applications to its annual Small Grants Program. Area artists, arts organizations and school arts programs may apply for grants up to $500. Applicants are asked to submit a written grant application available online or by contacting Pat Fargen at 608-588-4392. The deadline for applications is December 8. Mail them to SGAAC, PO Box 700, Spring Green, WI 53588. Or, applications can be emailed to springgreenareaartscoalition@gmail.com. Funding will be awarded by December 19, 2014.

Last year, $3000 was awarded to seven applicants, including the Spring Green Community Library, Lone Rock and Spring Green Elementary Schools, Arcadia Books, River Valley High School Choir, River Valley Middle School, Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center and Rural Musicians Forum. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage individual artists, arts groups, and other kinds of groups engaged in artistic projects to produce their work. Funding for the small grants comes from fundraising events and contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals.

Got Art You Are Tired Of Or No Longer Use?

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition is seeking donations of gently used art to sell at its annual recycled art auction, Art Out Of the Closet, on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort. Donations of professional quality art in good condition-- paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, lithographs and glass--are now being accepted at two drop off locations: the General Store and BMO Harris Bank in Spring Green. Forms at the sites will ask owners to describe the items for auction and suggest a fair market value. Arts Coalition volunteers will collect the donated art from the sites and secure them until the time of the event. There is a tax benefit for the year of donation. Donations will be accepted until January 19.

Creative Canvases, the eight by eight-inch squares of original art created by area artists, will be featured again at the fundraising event. To own one, a $30 gift certificate can be purchased at Arcadia Book Store, the General Store and Nina’s Variety Store. Just in time for holiday gift giving, the holder of the gift certificate may choose the Creative Canvas of their choice during the auction. Certificates will be for sale in early December.

Proceeds from the silent auction of previously owned art and the sale of Creative Canvas gift certificates support art and cultural programs that benefit communities in the River Valley. Monies raised help to match an annual grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.