Mural at Dual Immersion Academy funded by arts commission grants

The city of Grand Junction’s Commission on Arts and Culture and the Colorado Council on the Arts will pump $46,500 into local arts and cultural groups through an annual grant process.

The commission received $36,000 from the city and $10,500 from the Colorado Council on the Arts to offer the grants to the community.

The total amounts were approved in last year’s city and Colorado Council budgets, said Allison Sarmo, the commission’s cultural arts coordinator.

During its meeting Monday, City Council approved the arts commission’s recommendations for groups to receive grants.

The largest amount of funding, $5,150, went to the Dual Immersion Academy for a large mural to be painted by Denver artist Tony Ortega.

Twenty-four entities applied for funding and 23 were granted all or part of the money requested. Funding amounts range from $300 to $5,150.

Among groups to receive funding are KAFM Community Radio for its arts and entertainment calendar, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Pops concert, Artspace & Open Studios open studio tours, the Art & Jazz Festival, Mesa County Libraries’ One Book, One Mesa
County program, Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Western Bounty” arts segments and Two Chairs Theater Co.’s “Acts of Brevity” plays.

The rest of the funds will underwrite various things such as festivals and art education programs.

The commission’s goal is to give the money to local events and programs that will reach a wide variety of interests and ages.


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