Congratulations to the 14 Florida Keys nonprofit organizations that have been awarded a total of $64,500 in grants through the Second Round of the 2016 “Vision 20/20” Grant Program as part of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary year celebration. Funding for the grants is made possible by gifts from generous donors who made legacy gifts to the Foundation from their estate plans.
The 14 grants are funding initiatives in the area of Arts and Culture and will positively affect residents and visitors from Key West to Key Largo. Projects will benefit youth of all ages, seniors, hundreds of artists, economically disadvantaged children, people with disabilities, adults living with serious mental illness, and members of the Hispanic and Haitian communities.
In 2016, the “Vision 20/20” Grant Program is offering $180,000 through three rounds covering fields of interest currently served by the Community Foundation. In this round of grants, the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee reviewed 22 applications in the area of Arts and Culture and selected 14 for funding. The Committee allocated $60,000 from the “Vision 20/20” Grant Program plus an additional $2,000 from the Emily Boyd Lowe Fund and $2,500 from the Ross McKee Charitable Fund, two donor funds at the Community Foundation.
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The first round of grants supported $60,000 in Health and Human Services initiatives and was announced in March (Click here for to learn more about the recipients). The third and final round, which has an application deadline of September 1st, will award grants in the areas of Recreation, Environment, Education, and Animal Welfare. (Click here for application forms and more information on the “Vision 20/20” Grant Program.)
The “Vision 20/20” Grant Program is open to Monroe County 501 (c)(3) charitable nonprofits for collaborative projects that benefit Monroe County residents. Priority is given to new programs or projects, and grants are awarded based on innovation, community impact, and collaboration. Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant awards.
The “Vision 20/20” Arts and Culture grant recipients and their funded programs are:
- Bahama Village Music Program — $4,000 for “Dance Workshop,” a new program of free dance instruction for children in Bahama Village who would otherwise be unable to afford dance classes. Lessons in ballet, modern, hip hop, and step instruction will improve physical activity, arts appreciation, and help build confidence.
- Florida Keys Community Concert Band — $3,000 for “Pops in the Park,” a series of six free concerts for residents and visitors in the Upper Keys. The concerts, which will be held at Founders Park in Islamorada and the Murray Nelson Center in Key Largo from November through April 2017, are each expected to draw about 250 children, families, and seniors.
- Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation — $3,000 for “Art ‘N Facts,” an interactive arts and history educational experience for fifth and sixth graders attending public school in the Upper Keys. Students will learn local history and use the visual arts to help interpret, culminating in a juried student exhibition for the public to be displayed in various locations in the Upper Keys.
- Florida Keys Outreach Coalition — $4,250 for “The Expressive Peacock Art Project,” which will introduce various mediums of visual art to adults living with serious mental illness. Local artist Rick Worth will lead the four-week project on artistic expression, which has significant therapeutic benefits for participants, and will culminate in a showcase and auction of the completed artworks.
- Fringe Theater of Key West — $7,000 to support “On Stage & On the Road: Theatre for Public Schools,” which will bring a fully-staged, full-length production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” to select Monroe County schools. High school and advanced Middle school students, many of whom have never seen a live theatre production, will engage with the arts and use educational materials created for the experience.
- Historic Florida Keys Foundation — $3,000 to support a “Spanish Self-Guided Tour of Historic Key West Cemetery.” The Foundation will translate into Spanish and print 10,000 copies of its guide to 59 historic grave sites to reach Hispanic residents and Spanish-speaking visitors. More than 22% of Monroe County residents do not speak English.
- History of Diving Museum — $2,000 for “Museum in Motion,” which will bring the Museum’s Visiting Classroom to all Monroe County 4th grade students in 14 schools from Key West to Key Largo. The interactive program will focus on the development of marine life in the Florida Keys and utilize science, technology, engineering, math and the arts in teaching about underwater exploration.
- Key West Film Society/Tropic Cinema — $9,000 for “A Kid’s Life in the Keys,” a collaborative initiative supporting 10 children making 10 short films using their smartphones and tablets about themselves, their stories, their worries, and their dreams. Participants will be selected in collaboration with child advocacy nonprofits, summer camps, and places of worship, and the films will create a culminating program focused on children’s issues and the future.
- Marathon Community Theatre — $1,000 to support “Children’s Summer Theatre,” an interactive program for children ages 6 to 18 with classroom instruction covering all aspects of play production from lighting and costuming to stage management and two public performances of a fully-staged production. More than 40 Marathon and Middle Keys children will not only learn about theatre, but also help develop skills such as teamwork and self-confidence.
- Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens — $7,500 to support “ReMARCable Art,” a project with local artist Rick Worth for 6 to 8 weeks of mixed media art classes for 30 developmental disabled adults that will conclude with one or more gallery exhibitions. The project will increase the self-esteem of the participants and increase the community’s awareness of the participants’ artistic talents and abilities.
- The Studios of Key West — $5,000 to support “Krik? Krak! An Evening of Haitian Culture and Music,” a new program combining music, stories, food and dance for the Haitian community of Key West and for others to help build awareness and appreciation for the Haitian culture.
- Theatre XP — $3,750 to support the “Key West Summer Stage,” a series of professional main stage theatrical productions, free staged readings of original new plays, and a free “theatre symposia” of theatre professionals sharing their work and methods, providing much-needed cultural entertainment options for residents and visitors during the summer.
- Anne McKee Artists Fund — $10,000 for “Artists 4 Artists: A Retrospective of Anne McKee Grant Recipients,” a month-long exhibition in collaboration with The Studios of Key West showcasing some of the more than 200 Monroe County artists who have received support from the Artists Fund over the past 22 years. This grant is being funded by $7,500 from the “Vision 20/20” Grant Program and $2,500 from the Ross McKee Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation.
- Impromptu Classical Concerts — $2,000 to support the “Ethos Percussion Outreach Program.” In addition to performing a concert in Key West, the renowned Ethos Percussion Ensemble will present a free educational outreach program and Q & A at Key West High School for students, musicians and community members to learn more about percussion music and instruments. This grant is being funded by the Emily Boyd Lowe Fund, a Field of Interest Fund at the Community Foundation.