Four Florida Keys nonprofits are the recipients of CFFK’s inaugural Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The new program awarded a total of $20,000 for innovative projects that utilize music, performing or visual arts to address and impact issues of community concern.
The grant recipients and their funded programs are:
- Bahama Village Music Program – partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to bring Suzuki method string classes to at-risk youth. The music education class will be the first of its kind in Key West.
- Educational Coalition for Monroe County – working with the Monroe County School District to present “Dancing Classrooms,” a visual and performing arts program for fifth and eighth graders. The program ties the arts to the school curriculum.
- Morada Way Arts and Culture District – producing “Isla Improv,” a teen performing arts program at four Islamorada schools and organizations. The live theatre program helps develop problem-solving skills, improves listening, builds confidence, and supports team building.
- Womankind and AIDS Help – partnering with Key West High School’s video production class to produce a 7-minute film designed to increase teens’ safe sex behaviors. Students will write, cast, film, and edit the video and make it available via the internet and social media sites.
“We’re very pleased that CFFK through its donors is helping support innovative arts projects that will impact the community and involve collaboration with other groups,” says Ann Reynolds, CFFK Board Vice Chairman and Chair of the Grant Committee. “We’re excited about these funded projects and look forward to seeing the community participate in them.”
The new program was announced earlier this summer and open to Monroe County nonprofits for collaborative arts projects occurring in 2015. CFFK’s Grants Committee reviewed pre-application summaries from about 40 organizations and invited eight applicants to apply.
The new grant program is funded through four Field of Interest Funds that were set up by donors to support arts and culture in the Keys: the Jack Baron Visual Grant Fund, the William C. Euler, Jr. and Andrew F. Oates, Jr. Endowment, the Florence Fox-Loeb Key West Music and Theatre Arts Endowment, and the Jones-DelMonte Endowment.
Field of Interest Funds benefit a broad charitable purpose within a specific field, such as arts or the environment. The fund advisors for these four funds empowered CFFK’s Grants Committee to select the projects and recipients.