Twelve Keys Nonprofits Awarded Grants for Arts and Cultural Initiatives

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Twelve Florida Keys nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $61,360 in grants from the Community Foundation. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each, are part of the 2018 Grant Program funding arts, music, theater, historical and cultural projects, and will positively affect thousands of residents and visitors from Key West to Key Largo.

Projects will provide arts opportunities for low-income youth, support arts education efforts in music, theater and visual arts, create recycled art projects, connect arts and science through environmental projects, celebrate diversity, and much more.

“The Keys have a rich cultural history and a thriving arts community,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “Through the generosity of our donors, we’re pleased to be able to support these innovative arts projects that will impact the community, provide accessible arts programs for all, and involve collaboration with other groups.”

The Oldest House in Key West

The Grant Program is funded through generous donations to six funds at CFFK, including the Jack Baron Visual Grant Fund, the Florence Fox-Loeb Key West Music and Arts Fund, the Jones-DelMonte Endowment, the William C. Euler, Jr. and Andrew F. Oates, Jr. Fund, the Emily Boyd Lowe Music Fund, and the Jean Olson Memorial Scholarship. Fund advisors for these funds empowered CFFK’s Grant Committee to select the grant recipients.



The 2018 Grant Program Arts and Culture recipients and their funded programs are:

  • Bahama Village Music Program — $5,000 for “Keys Kids Jr,” a project to bring musical theatre to over 50 low and middle-income youth in grades 3-8 at Horace O’Bryant School through their involvement in all aspects of a complete theatrical production.
  • Community Arts and Culture — $4,000 for the “21stAfro Roots Festival,” which includes three events including cultural musical performances for residents and tourists in Key West, Islamorada, and Key Largo.
  • Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation — $3,500 for “Florida Keys History and Discovery Center Presents,” a speaker’s series reaching more than 1,500 attendees with lectures from experts on Keys history and culture.
  • History of Diving Museum — $2,000 for “Aquatic Exhibit and Events,” a collaborative project with the Art Guild of the Purple Isles including juried exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and more.
  • Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden — $7,000 for “Art in the Garden,” a project for 15 to 18 artists and Monroe County students to use recyclable materials and the garden landscape to create art exhibits throughout the grounds.
  • Key West Art & Historical Society — $6,360 for “Underwater: Two Later One-Act Plays of Tennessee Williams,” productions of two rarely performed one-act plays to promote the playwright in Key West to approximately 300 attendees.
  • Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts — $3,000 for “Seeing As Well As Hearing an Organist,” a project to enhance the appreciation of music by using closed circuit television to demonstrate the artistry of an organist for the audience, which typically cannot see the artist performing.
  • Keys Choral Arts $2,500 for “Eaton Street Christmas Stroll,” a concert of sacred and secular choral music by approximately 60 volunteer singers to be presented as part of an annual holiday event.
  • Marathon Community Theatre — $3,000 to support the “Children’s Summer Theatre,” which provides classroom and hand-on programs for approximately 45 youth ages 6 to 18 in all aspects of community theatre, including directing, producing, lighting, costuming, set-building, and performing.
  • Old Island Restoration Foundation — $10,000 to support “Artwork and Photographic Preservation,” a project to archive all documents of historical significance of the Oldest House in Key West and to professionally preserve its photographs and original artwork.
  • Paradise Ballet Theater Presenters $10,000 for support of the biennial “Nutcracker Key West”performances that reach nearly 2,500 people, and assistance to repair and rebuild the aging set and Christmas tree.
  • South Florida Symphony — $5,000 for “Preserving the Coral Reef,” a collaboration of science, technology, engineering, art and math for 8,000 Monroe County students which involves studying the coral reef and attending a culminating symphony performance at Coral Shores, Marathon and Key West high schools.


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