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Teachers, artists among recipients of Tempe arts grants

Post Date:11/28/2017 3:00 PM

Tempe awarded 18 small arts grants of up to $750 to school teachers, artists and arts organizations who are investing in the community through arts and culture programming. The grants were awarded in two main categories: Vibrant City Grants and School Arts Grants. The goal is to make funding for the arts more accessible and inclusive to community members that do not have the resources or are not eligible to apply for the city’s larger arts grants. Both categories encourage arts programming that is not in traditional art spaces and has an emphasis on serving a specific community. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/ArtsGrants

This year’s grant recipients and project locations are:

Rising Youth Theatre_1Vibrant City Grants activate Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebration of diversity, building community connections, and supporting local arts through related performances, festivals and other activities. Community members are invited to attend and enjoy these unique art and culture offerings.

  • Traditional Peruvian Christmas by Asociación de Peruanos en Arizona enlarges people's cultural scope, enlivened by singing and dancing artists, who will play typical Peruvian musical instruments, sing in a children's choir, and others who will perform Peruvian typical folklore dances.
    • Where: Tempe History Museum
    • When: Saturday, December 2 (2-4:30 p.m.)
    • www.aspeaz.com
  • Light Rail Plays now in its fifth year in partnership with Valley Metro, Rising Youth Theatre’s Light Rail Plays engage audiences in a youth-driven, larger-than-life performance experience on our community’s public transportation system.
  • Digital Divide, a new collaborative arts project lead by Jessica Rajko that asks, “What do seniors have to share with younger generations about digital culture?” Tempe residents of all ages are invited to join the Tempe Needlewielders for a series of informal, intergenerational conversations about digital culture. Inspired by historical quilting bees, conversations will be held over quilting, crocheting, and knitting activities.
  • Art & Journal Writing Day Retreat for Teens & Grief organized by artist Susanne Whitaker, is for teens to participate in an emotionally safe, one-day workshop to connect with other teens experiencing grief, identifying, and processing their personal stories through art, writing, yoga, and discussion.
  • OperaTunity is a free public performance of Hansel and Gretel by Arizona Opera Company. The opera and classic fairy tale teaches children the value of cooperation, creativity, and wariness toward strangers.
    • Where: Edna Vihel Center
    • When: Saturday, February 10 (2-3:30 p.m.)
    • www.azopera.org
  • Black Horizons Fest, curated by performer/writer and producer, Leah Marche, is an ongoing cultural celebration of artistry and perspectives of the African Diaspora. The inaugural event will launch Black History Month 2018 with a spotlight on the arts and a focus on film.
    • Where: Valley Art Theatre
    • When: Live Storytelling on February 11, Film screening and panel discussion on February 12, and a workshop for filmmakers on February 14
    • www.blackhorizonsfest.com
  • Artists for Change, lead by dancer, public speaker, educator, and creator Niamey Thomas, is an educational and networking event for artists, creatives, and designers to discuss ways of using art for social transformation. The night will include panel discussions & performances.
    • Where: Tempe History Museum
    • When: Wednesday, February 28 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Tides of India is a visual art showcase spiced up with performing arts, creating a ripple Indian culture and artforms in the western world. Dance teachers, students, and visual artist Swarna Sitaraman will collaborate to create a unique presentation adding life to stillness and capturing the moment of movement.
  • Connecting through Movement, lead by movement artists Allyson Yoder and Sydney Jackson, introduces contact improvisation as a bonding activity between a child and a significant adult figure in their life-whether a parent, grandparent, sibling, or mentor.

School Arts Grants are available for arts programming for Tempe’s schools. Funds are available to expand and enhance the services already provided by school arts curriculum, programs and clubs. This year grant funding supported the arts programs in the Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District and Tempe Preparatory Academy.

  • Aguilar Elementary School will produce a concert for second grade students. The students will sing, audition for solos, memorize dance parts, and learn speaking parts.
  • Carminati Elementary School will introduce their students to new genres of music from a jazz quartet and hip-hop workshop through their “Music in Our Community” program.
  • Compadre Academy art club students will learn about art and social action, and create ceramic bowls that will be donated to the Tempe Empty Bowls event in February.
  • Fees College Preparatory Middle School will produce the musical Seussical Jr. and provide their students with valuable experience in theatre production & will invest in equipment to expand their guitar program.
  • Kyrene Middle School will learn how to use all percussion instruments available to them beyond drums, such as the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, timpani, chimes, and maracas.
  • Laird School orchestra and band classes will update and expand their music library to give their students more variety in and experience in their repertoire.
  • Marcos de Niza High School will develop a student-run gallery at their school. The gallery will provide students with an opportunity to not only display their artwork, but to design, set, and publicize student organized shows on a quarterly basis.
  • Rover Elementary School will expand their musical theatre program by purchasing additional wireless audio equipment to make their productions easier to hear, and provide the student actors with the freedom to move around the stage as they sing or speak.
  • Tempe High School arts club students will experience the connection between the arts and where they live by creating a mural on their campus with professional artist, Jake Early.
  • Tempe Preparatory Academy will produce a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and develop knowledge and appreciation for classical literature.
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