United Arts announces September project grant winners


United Arts of Central Florida just released the names of the organizations that received its September project grant cycle.

Seventeen organizations received grants during this cycle, totaling $ 27,000 in funds to support their projects, which range from cultural events to art therapy programs.

The following copy is taken from a press release issued by United Arts earlier today.

Asian trendReceived $ 1,000 for Asian Cultural EXPO 2021. Directory Asian Cultural EXPO will present the culture of Asia through performances, workshops and art and craft exhibitions. Asian trend invites local arts organizations to perform and organize free workshops after each performance. The exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the GWN Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival.

CABETCAL – Received $ 1,000 for Latin celebration of art. The Latin celebration of art will present artists from different Latin countries, including Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, El Salvador, etc. These artists will present their paintings and techniques as well as share their experiences as artists making new life and integrating into a community without losing their identity. This project will serve as an opportunity to educate and appreciate art that represents diverse ancestry and culture.

CAYA Network – Awarded $ 2,000 for arTron (Art Tron). The project will function as a live VR painting experience with artists using Oculus Quest and the Tilt Brush app to create digital masterpieces. Live participants can see what the artist is doing on a large TV / projector screen. During the weekend, the public can come to the venue and view the artist’s masterpiece through a VR headset.

Celebration Theater Company, Inc. – Awarded $ 2,000 for TO RENT. Celebration Theater Company, Inc. is proud to present its fifth season of live musical theater this year, culminating with the Tony and Pulitzer Prize TO RENT, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson.

Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard – Awarded $ 1,500 for Darkness in Light. From darkness to light juxtaposes the experience of the passage from darkness to light highlighted by the musical selections. This season, the organization hopes to expand its programming to reach LGBTQ + youth at risk with the intention of having a small choir of LGBTQ + youth play with the group.

Chance 2 Dance (C2D) – Awarded $ 2,000 for Winter 2021 showcase: A Charlie Brown Christmas. With this adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas, C2D innovates by presenting its first musical theater production. This production builds on C2D’s tradition of producing increasingly ambitious and better quality shows featuring artists with special needs.

Child of this Culture Foundation (COTC) – Awarded $ 1,500 for Urban art project. In hopes of shattering the myth that graffiti is just vandalism, COTC strives to empower artists to tell their stories through the traditions of the Hip Hop arts. The project will offer 1 to 2 hour classes once a week for 8 to 12 weeks. COTC showcases street art, murals, pop surrealism and other genres of the contemporary underground movement by offering an open, safe and free painting session, urban arts learning for young people (free or modest) and workshops of renowned local street artists.

HAPCO Music Foundation – Awarded $ 1,500 for Winter Jazz Clinic 2022. This event is designed to provide intermediate and high school jazz students with direct and comprehensive instruction on a range of jazz concepts. Topics covered range from improvisation and music theory to breaking into the music industry and what it takes to be a professional jazz musician. Students who attend this workshop will learn information and concepts that will add to their music database for present and future use.

Howey Mansion Music Series Inc. (HMMS) – Awarded $ 1,500 for 2021-2022 musical concert series. HMMS is focusing on its main jazz and classical concert series at the Howey Mansion. The series brings together a diverse audience, made up of people of all races and ages from Lake County, Central Florida and beyond. Their concerts specifically attract many seniors living in Lake County. Artists currently booked for the series include Thomas Meglioranza, Reiko Uchida, Greta Pope & Band, Grimes Alley Blues Band; Sean Kennard; and the Chuck Archard Jazz Quintet.

Life Concepts d / b / a Quest – Awarded $ 2,000 for Quest Kids Academy music and dance programs. Children with developmental and learning disabilities have the ability to acquire academic, social and recreational skills through artistic activities. Quest plans to continue its artistic programming in two areas: the art of movement and dance in partnership with Chance 2 Dance; and a music program through a partnership with Joyful Music Therapy.

Messiah Choral Society (MCS) – Awarded $ 1,500 for 49th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” Under the direction of Dr John Sinclair, the Messiah Choral Society, with four professional soloists and a professional orchestra, will present a free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” marking the 49th anniversary of this long tradition. This year, the collaborative partner will be the Orlando Repertory Theater. MCS will also continue its collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) by inviting participants to donate to the SHFB.

Open Stage, Inc. – Awarded $ 2,000 for Exquisite Corpse at Immerger 2021. Open Scene has created an interactive art installation using virtual reality, highlighting a new level of collaborative creation in a virtual space. Based on the surrealist Exquisite Corpse technique, the final product will be a collection of poems written in a virtual world by the participants. Participants will wear glasses to join the virtual room designed with artistic and literary references from Latinx culture, guided by a voiceover.

Orlando Community Arts – Awarded $ 2,000 for Claire and the chocolate nutcracker. Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is an adaptation of the holiday classic Nutcracker by ETA Hoffman, with a multicultural touch, rooted in the experiences of African-American culture. Children from underserved communities will learn choreography taught by professional dance artists. The holiday show will feature local arts groups with approximately 150 children from the community participating on stage with dancers representing different countries, as well as special guest artists, who previously danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and as The Nutcracker Prince of the Memphis Ballet.

Orlando Health – Awarded $ 1,500 for Return of creative interaction to regional cancer centers. Healing arts specialist Anne Hollander will provide free weekly creative interaction services teaching 14 different artistic mediums to adult cancer patients and their caregivers at regional care centers during outpatient chemotherapy. The specialist will provide free art classes at workshops to all cancer patients / caregivers living in Central Florida, regardless of which hospital they are treated at. Zoom workshops will also be available each month.

Orlando International Film Festival, Inc. (OIFF) – Received $ 1,000 for Aid for artistic education from OIFF. On a monthly basis, the OIFF will work with professional artists to deliver a comprehensive art program including art classes for drawing portraits, animals and other subjects. Participants will be at-risk youth aged 8 to 17. The program works with young participants to create books that integrate their artwork with writing skills, and older young participants, who wish to adopt a career as an artist, will be encouraged to pursue an artistic studies program in participating in professional art classes, theater classes. , and test / reading preparation courses. This project includes volunteer UCF instructors, UCF Soldiers to Scholars staff and professional artists in a team structure.

Round table of playwrights – Awarded $ 1,500 for Fall / Winter 2021-2022 project. This project will include their second Saturday reading workshops, which could expand to a bimonthly format; a new drama writing workshop; the return of Native Voices, a live-action production featuring writers from Central Florida; and the addition of Black History Month Showcase, featuring new plays by black playwrights.

South Playhouse Theater – Awarded $ 1,500 for Professional Advantage Game Reading Festival. The Professional Benefit Play Play series provides the community with an opportunity to exhibit, enjoy and educate a series of well-known, classic and diverse plays amid the educational season of the South Playhouse musicals. The program consists of three readings of plays for audiences of all ages that feature an ethnically diverse cast and guest directors. Through these readings of plays, the festival will address several social themes including domestic violence; social injustice; bodily shame and self-esteem. Currently, the play lineup will include “Lost In Yonkers,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Neil Simon; “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the new revised version by Christopher Sergel, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Harper Lee and “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play ”by Jocelyn Bioh.

United Arts is now accepting applications for the next round of project grants. The next application deadline is January 26, 2022. Organizations can learn more or apply at www.UnitedArts.cc/grants.


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