Council approves art grants of $43,300

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture will disperse $43,300 to 21 local non-profit groups this year.

The Grand Junction City Council approved the grants Monday. The city will provide $35,000, and the rest of the grant money will come from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Last year, the city gave $46,500 to 23 organizations.

Many of the recipients this year are return customers. They will use the money to employ 550 artists and art and entertainment-related workers, said Kat Rhein, the commission’s board chair.

The Grand Junction Downtown Partnership Art & Jazz Festival, the Grand Junction Symphony Children’s Concert and KAFM Community Radio’s arts and entertainment calendar will each receive $4,000.

Awards of $3,000 will go to the Two Rivers Chautauqua Festival of the Museum of Western Colorado and to Rocky Mountain PBS KRMJ-TV for its “Western Bounty” art segments .

Awards of $2,000 will go to the Artspace spring and fall open studio tours program,  concert music purchases for the Grand Junction Centennial Band, after-school art classes at Riverside Education Center, a Legends of the Grand Valley statue series sculpture of Mary Balbino, the Mesa County Public Libraries Culture Fest, and High Desert Opera’s production of “The Sound of Music.”

The Western Colorado Writers Center Poetry in the Streets projects will get $1,900, the start-up Grand Valley Arts Students League will receive $1,700, the Bookcliff Harmony Barbershop Chorus Youth in Harmony project will get $1,200, and the Pastel Society of Colorado International Juried Exhibit will receive $500.

Awards of $1,500 will go to the Aspen Dance Connection Grand Junction Dance Showcase, Super Rad Art Jam, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts Artability Art Education program and the Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibit.

Awards of $1,000 will go to the Messiah Choral Society for its annual “Messiah” concert and to the Western Colorado Chorale for a South American choral music concert.


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