KCAC in­creases grants this year for non­profit arts

Kent County News - - OPINION -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Kent County Arts Coun­cil is award­ing $41,900 in gen­eral op­er­at­ing grants for fis­cal year 2019, a 36 per­cent in­crease over last year.

“This is great news for the arts in Kent County,” said Clarke Bjorke, pres­i­dent of the board of KCAC. “We are award­ing more fund­ing sup­port and ask­ing our grantee or­ga­ni­za­tions to use th­ese funds to serve more of the res­i­dents of Kent County — ev­ery­body wins!”

The ap­pli­ca­tions were re­viewed, and awards ap­proved, by a com­mit­tee of five sit­ting KCAC board mem­bers. This year’s re­cip­i­ents are:

Ch­ester­town RiverArts — $10,000;

Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts — $9,500;

The Main­stay — $9,000; Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val — $6,250;

Ch­ester River Cho­rale — $2,900;

Kent County Com­mu­nity March­ing Band — $1,500;

Ch­ester River Youth Cho­rale — $1,000;

East­ern Shore Wind En­sem­ble — Pend­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, each year the KCAC in­vests pub­lic funds, as well as time and other re­sources, to help strengthen the county’s non­profit arts or­ga­ni­za­tions, as part of its mis­sion to “In­vest, In­fuse, and In­spire.”

In mak­ing th­ese grant awards, the KCAC is mov­ing for­ward with both a new for­mula for fund­ing, and new re­quire­ments for com­mu­nity ser­vice, di­ver­sity and out­reach.

“The money we award through grants is pub­lic money that comes di­rectly from the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil, which is funded by an Ap­pro­pri­a­tion from the Gover­nor and Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly,” said John Schratwieser, di­rec­tor of the KCAC.

FILE PHOTO BY ABBY WARGO

The Kent County Arts Coun­cil is award­ing $41,000 in gen­eral op­er­at­ing grants to non­profit arts or­ga­ni­za­tions it sup­ports in Kent County.

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