• ArtsBuild Awards Community Cultural Connections Grants

    Posted on Dec 10 2012 Back
    The newly renamed ArtsBuild (formerly known as Allied Arts) announced the recipients of its newest grants initiative program, Community Cultural Connections (CCC), at its unveiling press conference last week.

    Twenty-three Hamilton county-based organizations received small grants, up to $6,000, to fund arts experiences in social service agencies, neighborhoods, and municipalities throughout the community. Funding for this new grant program was provided by ArtsBuild and through Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd’s discretionary funds. The grant program is a direct result of one of the primary goals of Imagine Chattanooga 20/20, the city’s long-range cultural plan. The primary goal of the grants is to make arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations including geographic, ethnic, age and individuals with disabilities. Recipient organizations were not required to have 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status, making the CCC grants available to a much larger pool of institutions.

    “Our goal for this new grant program was to attract 20 – 25 grant applications. We were very pleased by the response from community groups, and we received 61 applications,” stated ArtsBuild’s Director of Grants and Initiatives, Rodney Van Valkenburg. “The grant panel was very careful to fund a diverse array of grant projects that benefitted a variety of groups – young people, senior citizens and people with disabilities, representing different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds as well as different areas of our community.”

    ArtsBuild plans to continue the Community Cultural Connections grants in 2013, dependent on funding.

    Grant Recipients (in alphabetical order)

    1. Belvoir Neighborhood Association to purchase and display artwork from Public Art Chattanooga within the Belvoir Neighborhood.
    2.  Bethlehem Community Center to teach the value of African culture to students through dance, music, art, food, clothing, spoken word, song and decorative adornment.
    3.  Chattanooga Chapter, Links, Inc. to increase accessibility to the language and imagery of ballet for African-Americans through exhibits, classes, performances and sponsorship.
    4.  Community Choir Consortium to host an internationally renowned conductor who will lead a weekend workshop for choirs that will culminate in a public concert performance.
    5.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to increase exposure to arts venues and performances for 50 young girls in urban Chattanooga.
    6.  Eastgate Senior Activity Center to host a 12-week photography class and oral history project for seniors, teaching photography skills and hands-on application for storytelling.
    7.  Gang Task Force/The Future is Ours to host a series of workshops incorporating photography skills and techniques with creative writing, community tours and outreach.
    8.  Glass House Collective to create and display a temporary art installation, incorporating borrowed items from the community residents on Glass Street.
    9.  Glenwood Neighborhood Association to fund the artist and production costs for this year's festival, celebrating the neighborhood's 150th anniversary.
    10.  H*Art Gallery for the design, creation and publishing of four editions of Unsheltered Voices, a printed publication featuring art and poetry from the homeless community.
    11.  Hill City Neighborhood Association for a project featuring workshopping, creation and education of graffiti as art rather than vandalism.
    12.  In His Hand Church to engage children from the Westside Community to create a large mural.
    13.  Indo-Cultural Art Academy to teach art and music in local schools through four weekly workshops on Indian Classical and Folk dances.
    14.  Kapchiy Peru to host a 5-hour festival celebrating Peruvian arts, heritage, ancient culture and history, including events such as Peruvian painting, dancing and cooking.
    15.  Chattanooga Mayor's Office to fund an 11th street art project featuring 12 freestanding pillars painted by artists and community youth.
    16.  Orange Grove Center to integrate physical abilities in dance through dance workshops, performances and artistic collaboration.
    17.  Orchard Knob Neighborhood Watch to host an annual neighborhood event featuring live Blues performances, a children's area and vendors.
    18.  Prevention and Youth Development Services to host workshops and training programs for multimedia broadcast and production, integrating media education, radio and video editing and technical training.
    19.  Project Success to host classes promoting personal development and storytelling through digital photography.
    20.  City of Red Bank to display public art in Red Bank's park, as well as host musical, theatrical and other public art performances.
    21.  Salvation Army to incorporate the arts into both the homeless and non-homeless community through theatre and a city-wide festival.
    22.  Signal Centers, Inc. to host 32 music workshops that will provide music and arts exposure to children and adults and feature Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levi Society.
    23.  Southside Abbey to fund a youth drum ensemble's practices and workshop, culminating in a neighborhood concert and BBQ.

    Last changed: Dec 10 2012 at 3:36 PM