State-of-the-Arts Grants Awarded by St. Johns Cultural Council

State-of-the-Arts Grants Awarded
November 4, 2015

Ten New Exciting Art, Music and Cultural Programs Funded

St. Augustine, Florida... When someone buys or renews a "State-of-the-Arts” license plate in St. Johns County, they are supporting the State of the Arts (SOTA) Grant Program of the St Johns Cultural Council.  Homeless children are given an opportunity to take piano lessons.  At-risk students can learn art as an incentive to complete homework. And a church can offer after school enrichment programs by using professional artists to teach children.  
    "This is one of the most important activities our Board does," said David Rice, president of St. Johns Cultural Council, "These grants create a dynamic energy through encouraging new and creative programs county-wide."
     When county residents buy or renew a State-of-the-Arts license plate, these grants are funded.  Each license plate generates twenty dollars for this designated fund.   The Cultural Council Board opens the application process for these micro-grants twice a year and awards are made based on the amount of arts tags sold.  This year the St. Johns Cultural Council received more applications for grants than ever before making it a highly competitive process.  Award winners were selected due to the compliance with the grant guidelines. 
Fall 2015 SOTA grants were given for the following cultural programs:
•    Keys to Success -Music Program for St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church and Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families
•    Caren Goldman and Compassion Through the Eyes of Children” 450th Obelisk Program
•    Jean Rahner and Classic Theatre – “Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey Debby McDade”
•    Murray Middle School Theatre program  “The Lion King at St. Augustine Amphitheatre”
•    St. Johns County 4H – “Keys for Clover” purchase of a keyboard
•    Lynne Fascetti Mayhew and “Windows to Florida’s Past” at Julington Creek Elementary School
•    Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida  - Art Enrichment Programs for At-Risk Children
•    St. Augustine Ballet – “A Home for the Holidays” Program tickets for homeless students and families
•    St. Augustine Montessori School and Morgan Kelly – “A Puppet Parade: The Story of Incan Culture
•    Nancy Christensen and  St. Johns based Artists for After-School at-risk children 

    Applying for the SOTA grant is simple. Applications are available at www.stjohnsculture.com .  To determine eligibility to the goals of the grants, the applications are reviewed by a St. Johns Cultural Council Board Committee. There is a focus on funding meaningful grants that will enhance and enrich the arts and culture for the underserved of the County. The next cycle of funding will be in Spring 2016.
       Designated as the Local Arts Agency for St. Johns County, Florida, St. Johns Cultural Council serves to promote and enhance cultural activities and heritage programs.  State-of-the-Arts Grants focus on offering meaningful cultural programming while expanding the local arts, culture and heritage activities throughout the county.
To celebrate the awarding of the grants the St. Johns County Cultural Council will host a reception on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Crisp - Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College for the grant recipients and the community.   Friends and family of the recipients along with the public are encouraged to attend the reception and hear the compelling stories of the artists and organizations. Those wishing to attend please RSVP to sjcc@historiccoastculture.com 

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