Centerville, MA -
On November 13, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will be awarding grants totaling $25,000 to 25 local artists and cultural organizations at a reception at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In this Fall grant cycle, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod received 53 applications from individuals and organizations across the Cape asking for over $122,000.
Some of the new projects to receive grant awards include the initial First Night Sandwich and Wellfleet's newest theater company Harbor Stage, which will be creating an original play highlighting the Cape's history. Barnstable Intermediate School will receive a grant to purchase guitars for their music program and Falmouth High School's ceramics class will create works based on the town's whaling history. The AFCC will also fund a project to create a large flag, constructed by area school children to celebrate the Centennial of the Cape Cod Canal and a documentary about the recently razed Provincetown bathhouse by filmmaker Jay Critchley. The Cape and Islands Workforce Development Board will receive continued support for the School to Careers program, ArtWorks.
According to the organization's Executive Director, Kevin Howard, "We are delighted to be able to provide critical funding for innovative programs from both established organizations and new and emerging artists and organizations serving our community. Our goal moving forward is to continue to grow this worthwhile grant program which is even more critical in the face of the severe cuts to public funding of the arts."
Members of the AFCC Board of Directors Richard Rand and David Willard co-chaired the Grants Review Committee and Board members Terri Ahern of Cape Cod Healthcare and Attorney Diane Boudreau also served on the committee. They were joined by the following distinguished community members: Paul Rumul of Chief Operating Officer of The Davenport Companies, Kathy McLellan Owner of Mayflower Glass & Mirror, Musician and Music Educator Monica Fasano of West Bend Music, Robin Thayer of Bohman Thayer Real Estate, Stephen Colella, Managing Director of WCAI, Poet and playwright Christine Rathbun-Ernst; Kathleen Sidwell Artist, Art Educator and Owner of the Studio on Slough Road; Jeff Bilezikian CEO of Turtle Rock LLC, Sean Randall, Sales Director for The Enterprise Newspapers, Rich Delaney Executive Director of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Steve Abbott former CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare and Allison Makkay Davis, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Quantum Communications.
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grants are awarded to support projects that are collaborative and educational; that help create a strong, stable, and diverse cultural community on Cape Cod; and that contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the region. A full list of the Fall 2012 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.artsfoundation.org/grants-fall-2012