High Point Arts Council Community Arts Project Grants Awarded
On Sun., Jan. 20, the High Point Arts Council held its fifth annual Community Arts Day at the Centennial Station Arts Center. Steve Ilderton, Board Chair, kicked off this free program featuring performances by Shared Radiance, the Pullman Poet Society and the High Point Ballet. He encouraged the audience to support live performances with their presence throughout the year.
During the program, Todd Sessa, Chairman of the Arts Council’s Grants Committee, presented Community Arts Project (CAP) Grants to nonprofits for projects that benefit members of our community. “This year we are awarding a total of $10,250 for 11 CAP grants which is an increase over last year,” said Mr. Sessa. Grants awarded:
Triad Pride Performing Arts for Concerts presented in High Point – This spring Triad Pride is celebrating its 20th year and includes their Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Acting Company. They entertain, enlighten, and enrich while promoting equality and social justice for ALL people.
Communities in Schools for Profession Artistry – This project will convene a special career panel of professional artists such as culinary artist, graphic designer, actress, photographer and hair stylist to inspire students seeking a career in a creative field.
YWCA for Pottery Exploration for Youth – This program will focus on pottery techniques from various cultures. Creating art helps students learn and opens their minds to teach them creative problem-solving.
YWCA for Chase the Light – This program will teach adults and young people the basics of photography technical skills and composition. It will challenge them to think differently about the world around them.
YWCA for Girls Empower Self – GEMS, is a community arts education program that combines the development of life and critical thinking skills with the creation of arts to inspire creativity and empower young girls.
YWCA for Pieces of Peace – This program involves an entire classroom in producing a work of art. Collaborative art builds a sense of community by working together to create something. Creating art is a way to envision the future, to build bridges and promote understanding, and to learn how to be flexible and open-minded.
Senior Resources of Guilford for Memory Books for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – This project will engage both the elderly grandparents and their minor grandchildren in a bonding that creates a pictorial record of their unique family memories.
Senior Resources of Guilford for Memory Books for Elderly Bhutanese Refugees – This project will provide an enjoyable and artistic outlet for participants to creatively share their experiences as first refugees and then as residents of our community.
High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau for Bring the Lizard to Life – In an ongoing effort to enhance the core city and create more public art, the Arts Council partnered with the CVB and others to commission local artist, Brian Davis, to paint a 3D blue-tailed skink on the side of Blue Bourban Jack’s at the corner of Lexington Avenue and N. Main Street.
Uptowne High Point for Recyclerma – A temporary public art exhibit on the grounds of the High Point Pubic Library will be constructed of clean, industrial scrap materials (such as fabric, paper, and plastic) emphasizing the power and importance of the creative reuse of materials.
Lifespan for Abilities Illuminated “Through Their Eye” – Individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in photography and printmaking classes and learn to combine these methods to create original art. These types of art activities can improve motor skills, cognitive functioning and interpersonal skills.
Community Arts Project grants are made possible through grassroots funding from the North Carolina Arts Council. Grant applications are accepted in the fall and grants awarded are evaluated based on artistic and programmatic merit, benefit to audiences/participants, responsiveness to community needs, involvement of racially and culturally diverse participants as appropriate to the project, and organizational strength of the nonprofit applying for the grant.
For more information about the Arts Council’s outgoing grants programs, visit www.HighPointArts.org.
ABOVE – Photo Caption: CAP Grant Presenters & Recipients: (L to R) Todd Sessa (HP Arts Council), Dawn Caldwell (LifeSpan), Paul Scieloff (Uptowne High Point), Melody Burnett (HP Convention & Visitors Bureau), Narayan Khadka (Senior Resources of Guilford), Alice Owens (YWCA), Kathie Szitas (YWCA), Stephen Harley (Triad Pride), Wanda Stewart (Communities in Schools), Steve Ilderton (HP Arts Council), Debbie Lumpkins (HP Arts Council)