Source: NorthFulton.com

Nonprofits get $26K from Roswell, arts commission

by Jonathan Copsey

October 30, 2013

ROSWELL, Ga. – The city of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Commission (RAC) have awarded $26,000 in grants to local arts groups.

This is the second year for this financial support program developed for Roswell nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Outside the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council, this is the only local government-based program for support of arts and cultural organizations in metro Atlanta.

The RAC established four categories to meet a variety of needs and encourage local cultural services that enrich and benefit the entire community, particularly those that deliver arts and cultural programs that positively impact Roswell’s economy.

Eight applications were received in three of the four categories. These include:

1) arts/cultural services – funding in support of operational expenses; 2) project support – funding in support of ongoing programs or a special program or event; and 3) arts education – funding support for programs presented to school-age children. The fourth category is new ventures development.

“We are very excited to be in our second year of supporting Roswell arts and cultural organizations with the Contracts for Cultural Services program,” said Morgan Timmis, historic and cultural affairs manager for Roswell. “We were so pleased with last year’s recipients and we have great expectations for this year’s group of recipients and all it will bring to Roswell.”

Award recipients were chosen by a volunteer peer review advisory panel comprising individuals with expertise in the various disciplines reflected in the applications. The panel applied established review criteria to each proposal to ensure that fair consideration was given. The RAC then reviewed the panel’s recommendations and made its own recommendation for approval to Roswell’s mayor and the City Council.

The nonprofits receiving grants from the Roswell Arts Commission and city of Roswell are:

Arts/cultural services

Atlanta Wind Symphony – $4,500

Five free community concerts – RCAC fall concert; RCAC “Toys for Tots” benefit concert; instrumental clinic and performance for a local elementary school; RCAC spring concert; Roswell Remembers Memorial Day support and performance.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre – $5,000

To produce five main stage productions, three Theatre for Youth productions and provide conservatory classes.

The Michael O’Neal Singers – $4,000

To present seven concert productions in Roswell, allowing its residents to experience choral presentations of artistic excellence and programmatic variety, otherwise available only by commuting into the city of Atlanta.

Roswell Historical Society – $1,000

Operational support to provide for continued growth and expansion of their programs, which engage a diverse audience in educational and artistic activities that showcase the history and highlights of Roswell.

Project support

Friends of Roswell Library – $2,000

The Friends of Roswell Library, in collaboration with the Roswell Regional Library and the city of Roswell, are co-sponsoring the ninth annual Roswell Reads program. Based on the “One Book…One Community” community reading program, Roswell Reads encourages Roswell residents of all ages to read and discuss the same book.

Riverside Chamber Players Inc. – $3,000

To present two chamber music concerts of the highest professional quality, while at the same time making educational, arts and cultural enrichment easily accessible for diverse audiences in the Roswell community.

Arts education

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance – $3,000

Increase scope and award amounts for High School Juried Art Show, now in its 27th year.

The Teaching Museum – $3,500

To provide all eighth-grade students in the public schools within the city of Roswell an arts and cultural experience based on the history of Georgia through the lens of historic Roswell. Roswell seniors will also be included in this offering.