Seven Florida Keys nonprofits are the recipients of grants through CFFK’s 2015 Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The program awarded a total of $34,000 for innovative projects that will 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 – $5,000 grant to develop a “School of Rock” band to provide at-risk youth with free lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals.
- Dance Key West – $5,000 grant for the “ReMARCable Dance Project” to work with MARC House clients for a series of creative movement and dance classes followed by a community showcase performance.
- Educational Coalition for Monroe County – $2,200 grant to work with the Monroe County School District to present “Dancing Classrooms,” a visual and performing arts program for fifth and eighth graders.
- Frederick Douglass School Black Educators’ Memorial Project –$5,000 grant to develop a summer “Children’s Community Puppet Theatre in the Park,” utilizing performing, writing and visual arts, for Bahama Village children ages five to twelve.
- Growing Hope Initiative – $4,000 grant to “Saving the Grimal Grove,” a project for students to create a short documentary film showcasing the Grimal Grove, the Keys’ unique tropical fruit garden, its founder and its future as a model of agricultural sustainability.
- Key West Art and Historical Society – $5,000 grant to present “Key West Kinetic Sculpture Parade,” a unique new community cultural event featuring a parade of moveable, human-powered art in the form of sculpture and bicycles.
- The Studios of Key West – $7,800 grant to lead the “Key West Water Dance,” the Southernmost version of a national participatory, choreographed dance event that will occur nationwide simultaneously and online, and raise awareness of water issues.
“We’re very pleased that CFFK through the generosity of its donors is helping support these innovative arts projects that will impact the community and involve collaboration with other groups,” says Ann Reynolds, Chair of CFFK’s Grant Committee during the grants review process. “The Keys have a rich cultural history and a thriving arts community. This program helps CFFK meet its mission of making the Keys a better place to live now and in the future.”
The Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program was open to Monroe County nonprofits for collaborative arts projects occurring in 2016. CFFK’s Grant Committee reviewed pre-application summaries from 24 organizations and invited 12 applicants to apply. The seven grant recipients were selected from those applicants. The program was announced earlier this Spring following a successful inaugural program last year.
The Performing and Visual Arts 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.