Community Arts Access Grants Awarded to 3 Area Projects

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FREEPORT -- The Freeport Art Museum announces the award of grants totaling $2250 to three area individuals and organizations in support of unique programming that increase public access to the arts. The Galena Center for the Arts is awarded $650 for an exhibition due to open in April that celebrates the photographic collection of Alfie Mueller (1909-2004) that documents the history of Galena.

$750 is awarded to artist, Linda Vietmeyer for a project titled HeART of Healing, designed to offer students attending Orangeville grade schools opportunities to create a heart-themed works of art. The works will be offered for sale with the proceeds benefitting one of the healing programs at FHN, a co-sponsor of the project. The Next Picture Show in Dixon is awarded $850 for Art on the Square, a community festival that invites kids and adults alike to paint a section of sidewalk surrounding the courthouse square.

This year, the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) received $4,125 through the Illinois Arts Council’s Community Arts Access regranting program to fund these and other exciting arts activities. FAM adds a cash match and after expenses, a total amount available is $4,356. These funds are designated to support artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and Lee counties. All eligible grant proposals are reviewed by a peer panel comprised of representatives from each of the five counties.

A second cycle of grant applications is now available for the remaining $2,106. Applications are due April 4, 2014 for projects taking place between April 31 and December 31, 2014. Community Arts Access grants are available for visual, musical, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary arts projects that provide community-based programming. Projects should employ artists from the northwest Illinois area. Projects or programs must make an effort to serve diverse and underserved audiences. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from a variety of sources.

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