Lorie Gregor
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January 17, 2013
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Grant money available for arts and culture

Applications are currently being accepted from nonprofit art and cultural organizations in the state of Colorado to help fund arts or cultural events, projects, or programs taking place in Grand Junction, March 2013-March 2014.

Grant funding is made possible by the City of Grand Junction's Commission on Arts and Culture (GJCAC). The city supports the efforts of this grant program to encourage jobs, education, and performance opportunities for local working artists of all types and those who work for cultural nonprofits.

"We are very fortunate to have city leaders and a community that values the arts for everyone," said Gisela Flanigan, chair of the GJCAC. "A thriving cultural environment promotes quality of life and is an important economic engine for the community."

In 2012, the grant program funded 22 organizations for a total of $43,300. Brand new programs comprised one-quarter of the awards. The grant panel looks for innovative ideas and collaborations which provide fresh ways to incorporate the arts into daily life.

Some examples of programs funded: The Center for Independence brought in Michael McCullough from Firehouse Sculpture to offer a clay sculpture workshop for people with disabilities. Catholic Outreach held the "Art in Transition" project which allowed the residents of St. Martin Place to experience therapeutic art expression to help them on their journey to heal from homelessness.

Several previous grants awarded focused on bringing cultural arts to school-aged children such as the Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus "Youth in Harmony" project, Super Rad Art Jam High School exhibit at Mesa Mall, Riverside Educational Center "Look What I Did" after-school art program, Talking Rhythms Musicians in Residence program, Chipeta Elementary "Young Artists" program, The Art Center's Spring Art Week, and more.

Large-scale events have also been awarded funds, like the Grand Valley Performing Arts Festival, the Art and Jazz Festival, Poetry in the Streets, the Calabash Gourd Festival, the Rockies West National Watercolor Exhibition, the Western Colorado Chorale, and more.

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