The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grants awards for the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.
Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, South Carolina may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.
This quarter’s recipients include:
ChristmasVille | $1,000 – ChristmasVille is an annual holiday festival for the entire family that includes Christmas related food, art and entertainment in an old-time setting. Old Town Rock Hill, South Carolina comes alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and art festival that features works by Rock Hill’s adopted son, Vernon Grant, America’s favorite children’s illustrator and artist of the famed Kellog’s® Rice Krispies Snap!® Crackle!® and Pop!®. This grant helps fund the replacement of decorations, the cleaning of mascot suits, the digitizing of magazine cover images that have not been displayed previously at the Vernon Grant Exhibition at the Center for the Arts, and the framing and matting of Vernon Grant images.
City of Rock Hill – African American Cultural Resources Committee | $1,000 – The African-American Cultural Resources Committee has a goal to define the historic outline of African-American cultural, residential, and commercial communities within the City of Rock Hill and promote those as historic resources through signage and publications. This grant will help to cover the cost of placing South Carolina Historical Markers at five locations: The Afro-American Insurance Building, New Mt. Olivet AME Zion Church, Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, Friendship College, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Culture & Heritage Museums | $1,000 – The Museum of York County in Rock Hill, South Carolina, creates a cultural opportunity for area residents, exhibiting natural and cultural history, and the arts. The Museum will be opening a new exhibit, “Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of Carolina,” from June 15, 2013 – May 2014, which links the current Stans African animal collection to the animals that roamed this region during the Ice Age. This grant allows the Culture & Heritage Museums to hire artist, Matt Andrews, a recent Winthrop University graduate, to create three murals for the exhibit. Using new technologies to create and print the murals, this artwork will serve to enhance the new exhibit’s experience and educational value.
Mike Gentry – Concerts at the Courtroom | $807.87 – Mike Gentry is working hard to bring music to Old Town Rock Hill. He has booked and coordinated nearly 100 performances for The Courtroom at the Gettys, including local, regional and international acts ranging from acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal. The goal of the Courtroom at the Gettys project is to create and sustain an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that supports local performers as well as touring acts. This year, Gentry is working to bring 15 bands to play at the 2nd annual “Don’t Sweat it FEST!” in Old Town Rock Hill to be held over the weekend of June 21-22. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate summer and music. This grant helps to cover the cost of equipment repairs, artist fees and marketing for the fest.
Marcia Kort Buike – 5th Congressional District Art Competition | $500 – Marcia Buike is the gallery director and volunteer district coordinator for the 2013 5th Congressional District Art Competition. More than 650,000 high school students from across the country have participated in the competition since its inception in 1982. The winning piece from each district hangs for an eleven-month period in Cannon Tunnel, which leads from the Cannon Building where there are many offices for members of the House of Representatives to the US Capitol in Washington, DC. In June of each year, there is a special, celebratory reception in the Cannon Tunnel Gallery for the unveiling of the student artwork from across the nation. Invitations are sent to members of Congress and to each winning students. Last year, 45 students submitted to the 5th Congressional District Art Competition from 10 high schools in Buford, Cheraw, Fort Mill, Hartsville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Rock Hill and the Governor’s School for the Arts. The winner was Ms. Shelby Williams of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill. This grant will help cover the reception and framing expenses for the competition.
Total Allocations this Quarter: $4,307.87
To review the Small Grant guidelines, visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org). Information may be found under the Grants link within the The Arts heading. The next deadline is Monday, June 3, 2013 for programs occurring in July, August, & September 2013.
This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.
For further info call the Arts Council at 803/328-2787 or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).