Eleven grants aim to assist local programs and individuals who bring awareness of the arts to the Lawrence community.
From J-W Staff Reports
Local artists and art programs are getting a financial lift from city hall.
Lawrence city commissioners recently signed off on $4,909 in grants as recommended by the Lawrence Arts Commission.
Eleven winners were selected from among 22 applications for the awards, which assist local programs and individuals who bring awareness of the arts to the Law-rence community. Decisions were based upon quality, budget and project benefits.
Here's a rundown of the winners, as de-scribed by officials at city hall:
- Lawrence Community Nursery School, $500 for a visual arts session. The organization plans to bring in musicians, scientists, cooks, language teachers, and gymnastics and dance instructors from the community to introduce children to new ideas, novel ways of learning and the overall community.
- Penthe Publishing, $500 for publishing expenses for a book of Denise Low poetry. The book would include poems by the Lawrence writer from 1981 to 1988. Penthe is a small, independent, Lawrence-based literary press.
- Prairie Ridge Activities Committee, $500 for art supplies for its November craft sale that will help underwrite the cost of craft supplies for its newly created craft classes for residents. Prairie Ridge is a low-income housing unit for elderly, disabled and handicapped residents.
- Lawrence school district, Pinckney School/Amy Carlson, $500 for an after-school workshop. This new workshop, to be offered one afternoon weekly for four weeks in April, will help 16 students produce eight pieces of artwork for entry in the Art Tougeau parade May 1.
- Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) Student Artists, $500 for an art exhibition in Eutin, Germany. Les Evans, an art instructor at HINU, and his students will exhibit artwork for two months in 2001 at the Ostholstein Museum in Eutin, one of Law-rence's two sister cities.
- The Sacred Hoop Project/DCCCA Resident Services, $500 for a six-week program of shawl making and bead work for dance regalia. The Sacred Hoop Project is a culturally specific program designed for under-served American Indian residents of Edgewood Homes.
- John Jervis, $500 for a guitar music project. A classical guitarist and composer with more than 30 years of experience, Jervis will provide beginning guitar classes to at-risk children and teens in a cooperative effort of the Pelathe Community Resource Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
- KanArts Inc., $450 for its Arts Leadership '99 Project. The nonprofit project will provide a full day of intensive "proposal-development" training for 20 artists and representatives of cultural organizations in Lawrence.
- New Dimensions in African Dance, $350 for a summer program in African Dance. A grassroots organization established in 1996, the organization will offer an eight-week summer program of African Dance to underserved youth.
- Art Tougeau, $309 for parade/event expenses. In its third year, the annual Art Tougeau parade offers children and adults the opportunity to create and display works of art.
- The New Dawn Native Dancers, $300 for summer drum and crafts classes. The native dancers program, which offers instruction in traditional Indian dance to American Indian children enrolled in Lawrence public schools, will purchase materials to make hand drums and drumsticks.