ArtsPlace receives grant, extends application deadline to May 14
From press release
Rockford Area Arts Council has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant that will allow the ArtsPlace program to remain free of charge for participants.
ArtsPlace is for young, aspiring artists between the ages of 14 and 18. Youth work under the direction of professional artists to create art to sell and perform for the public. Proceeds earned from ticket and art sales are divided equally among the youth who successfully complete the program.
ArtsPlace welcomes Dorothy Paige-Turner, well-know jazz vocalist, to join the ArtsPlace staff. Turner will be the lead artist for a team that will sing, create poetry and song lyrics, and present storytelling.
ArtsPlace staff includes Bruce McDonald, co-director and printmaking artist; Kathryn Martin, sculpture and paint artist; and Tamara Newquist, dance artist. Sharon Nesbit-Davis is the director of the program.
ArtsPlace meets from noon to 4 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 3, at Rockford College’s Clark Arts Center.
In addition to the National Endowment for the Arts grant, ArtsPlace is supported through grants from the Rockford Park District, Illinois Department of Human Services, Target and individual donations.
The Arts Council has extended the initial application deadline to May 14 . Seats will be filled first from those applicants. An “Open Call” date will be held in June if openings remain.
Applications are available at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., or through the Arts Council’s Web site, www.artsforeveryone.com. Youth from Winnebago and Boone counties are eligible to apply.
The mission of the Arts Council is to support, promote and develop the arts for everyone.
Contact the Rockford Area Arts Council at (815) 963-6765 for more information about ArtsPlace and sponsorship possibilities.
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