Do­min­ion En­ergy seeks ap­pli­cants for 2017 ArtS­tars Awards

Grants to­tal­ing $50,000 will be awarded to school-based arts and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams

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RICH­MOND — Do­min­ion En­ergy is once again invit­ing non­profit arts or­ga­ni­za­tions serv­ing K-12 stu­dents in Vir­ginia to ap­ply for a Do­min­ion En­ergy ArtS­tars award. One Shin­ing Star Award of $10,000 will be awarded in each of five re­gions to arts and cul­tural pro­grams that make com­mu­ni­ties more vi­brant by en­gag­ing stu­dents in theater, art, mu­sic and other artis­tic forms.

“ArtS­tars is all about giv­ing back to smaller, com­mu­nity-based arts or­ga­ni­za­tions that are in­spir­ing stu­dents to find their own cre­ative voices,” said Hunter A. Ap­ple­white, pres­i­dent of the Do­min­ion En­ergy Char­i­ta­ble Foundation.

Past ArtS­tars win­ners rep­re­sent a wide va­ri­ety of artis­tic ex­pres­sion. Last year, for ex­am­ple, Shin­ing Star awards were given to or­ga­ni­za­tions teach­ing film­mak­ing, mod­ern art, and Ap­palachian blue-grass mu­sic.

To be el­i­gi­ble, or­ga­ni­za­tions must have a qual­i­fy­ing arts and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram and an an­nual bud­get of less than $1 mil­lion.

For de­tails on el­i­gi­bil­ity and to ap­ply, visit www.do­min­ionen­ergy.com/arts­tars. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is Oct. 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. and only on­line ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted.

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