The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is pleased to announce the recipients of Strategic Grant funding for fiscal year 2015. The Strategic Impact Grants Program was created last year to encourage non profit arts and historic preservation organizations within the County to attract and reach new audiences in innovative ways. This year $82,742.00 is being distributed in the form of grants to 10 county nonprofits.
‘I’m pleased at the positive impact of the program and the responsiveness of the community,” says Arts Council Executive Director April Nyman, “I look forward to seeing this years’ projects brought to fruition.”
Successful grant proposals this year put a strong emphasis on outreach to young audiences and partnership with other arts organizations as exemplified by West Annapolis Creative Arts who plans to use their $5,000 grant to strengthen family connections through musical theater by producing a staged production at Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC). The multiple generation production will utilize talent from the entire county and culminate in a staged production at CAC in July.
Paradox Inc. DBA Creative Paradox, a faith based artist network, has received a $10,000 grant to work with the Chesapeake Children’s Museum to develop a sculpture garden and playscape that will draw upon the talents of artists, children, parents and volunteers. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has received a $10,000 grant to produce educational concerts for 2nd graders and to expand the visits of their Music Van to local schools, enabling them to provide additional coaching and instruction to student musicians.
Strategic Grants for fiscal year 2015 have also been awarded to seven additional projects. The Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) has received a $10,000 grant to create a web-based research engine and virtual exhibit space for the AMM collection. Annapolis Opera has received a $5000 grant to develop an Annapolis Opera outreach program to partner with the Performing and Visual Arts(PVA) program in the County Schools. Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) will receive $7,500 to provide scholarships for students to attend CAC visual arts programs after school and work collaboratively to create a mosaic work of art.
Historic Annapolis Inc. is receiving a $20,000 grant to embark on a project entitled “The History of Annapolis in 100 Objects.” Live Arts Maryland has received a grant of $3,500 to fund “Ernie Talks”, an audience enrichment program facilitated by Maestro J. Ernest Green. The London Town Foundation is receiving $5,750 to fund a “Dramatic” Education program. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is a receiving a $5,992 grant to fund ArtReach a collaborative program that seeks to provide enrichment arts programs to underserved students.
For more information about The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and grant opportunities, visit their website at acaac.org or call 410-222-7949.