SGAAC Announces Art Grant Awards

Posted on: 2017-04-17

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition (SGAAC) has announced the recipients of its first round of 2017 Creative Community Grants and Artistic Development Grants.   Grants were awarded based on artistic merit, community impact, the potential for artistic development, the number of individuals benefiting from the project, and the ability to meet financial matching requirements.


In this first round $3,225 in grants were awarded. The money is raised through SGAAC memberships, corporate and individual donations and events like the annual Art Out of the Closet auction and the sale of Creative Canvases. The Wisconsin Arts Board matches money raised by SGAAC on a percentage basis. First round 2017 grant recipients are as follows:


River Valley High School (Kasey Maxwell) - $1,485. This Creative Community Grant partially underwrites a new photography class at the school. Instructor for the course will be RVHS Art Teacher Kasey Maxwell. RVHS Automotive and Technology teacher Robby Jacobson will assist her. The River Valley High School Art Club is providing matching funds for the project.


The grant moneys will be used to purchase five new digital cameras, lenses and accessories. Based on strong interest on the part of students, it is anticipated approximately 250 students will benefit from participation in the class in its first five years. Students who have completed the course will offer free DSLR Photography Workshop lessons to interested members of the community. Utilizing their photographs and graphic arts techniques, the students will design and produce posters to publicize the workshop.


Taliesin Preservation, Inc. - $1,740. TPI has been awarded a Creative Community Grant to help fund a special exhibition to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the opening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Riverview Terrace, the building that once housed The Spring Green Restaurant and is currently the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. The exhibition will include photographs of the building’s construction and its grand opening by First Lady Ladybird Johnson in 1967. Additional memorabilia from the building’s first 50 years will also be on public display. The exhibition will run from May to early December. There will be an opening reception for local residents. Erik Flesch of TPI will coordinate the exhibition.


Reviewing this round’s grant applications were Melinda Van Slyke, John Hess, Dennis Alfred Phillips, and Jeannie McCarville. Terry Kerr, current SGAAC Vice President, coordinated the grant review process, and Barbara Morford served as a technical advisor to grant applicants.


SGAAC plans to announce a second 2017 opportunity to apply for Creative Community Grants and Artistic Development Grants soon.