$66K in grants to sup­port the arts

Ru­ral arts pro­gram funds $66,812 worth of ac­tiv­i­ties

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - From Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion

Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has awarded nine grants to­tal­ing $66,812 to bring plays, an art camp, a film pre­miere, con­certs, and more to ru­ral ar­eas of the county.

This is the fifth an­nual round of fund­ing through the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Ru­ral Arts Grant Pro­gram.

Over the five years, each round of fund­ing av­er­aged about $50,000 in grants for a to­tal of about $250,000. There is a sis­ter pro­gram with a sim­i­lar fund­ing amount that brings the arts to Penn Street in Read­ing.

Many of the ru­ral artis­tic of­fer­ings take place in town­ships and bor­oughs iden­ti­fied in the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Vi­tal Signs re­ports as places where peo­ple were least likely to have ex­pe­ri­enced an art event in the pre­vi­ous year.

“Our lo­cal artists and per­form­ers are cre­at­ing new ways to reach ru­ral au­di­ences, and those au­di­ences have been ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­fort,” said Heidi Wil­liamson, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Vice Pres­i­dent for Pro­grams and Ini­tia­tives.

This year’s ru­ral arts grants: • $15,060 to Yocum In­sti­tute for Arts Ed­u­ca­tion for a dozen per­for­mances of Char­lotte’s Web at ru­ral ele­men­tary schools.

• $14,750 to Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance, a sub­sidiary of Our Town Foun­da­tion, to sup­port pub­lic art in Ham­burg. This grant will fund per­for­mances, a pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion, and a new sum­mer art camp for kids. Fund­ing for a sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic en­deavor in Ham­burg has been part of all of the five an­nual rounds of Ru­ral Arts Grants.

• $10,000 to Amaz­ing Berks to sup­port the film­ing of Dust Nuggets in ru­ral Berks County with a film pre­miere at The Ham­burg Strand.

• $9,702 to Clay on Main for arts ac­tiv­i­ties – such as ceram­ics, print-mak­ing, felt­ing and but­ton­mak­ing – at area fes­ti­vals and at Berks En­core se­nior cen­ters in ru-

ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

• $6,000 to Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra to per­form Peter and the Wolf at Penn-Bernville Ele­men­tary School in the Tulpe­hocken Area School Dis­trict, with Bethel Ele­men­tary School stu­dents also at­tend­ing. This is the sec­ond year in a row for this per­for­mance.

• $3,300 to Ring­gold Band for a spring or sum­mer con­cert at the Ham­burg Band Shell.

• $3,000 to Read­ing Cho­ral So­ci­ety for the “Sum­mer Sings!” pro­gram in ru­ral ar­eas.

• $3,000 to Berks Youth Cho­rus for an af­ter­school ele­men­tary cho­ral pro­gram at Perry Ele­men­tary School in the Ham­burg Area School Dis­trict.

• $2,000 to Read­ing Pops Orches­tra for a sideby-side con­cert at Oley Val­ley High School. A side-by­side con­cert al­lows stu­dents to prac­tice, play, and per­form with the Read­ing Pops mu­si­cians. The Ru­ral Arts Pro­gram pre­vi­ously funded such con­certs in the Ham­burg, Kutz­town, Oley and Tulpe­hocken school dis­tricts.

SUB­Mit­teD Photo — BerKS coUntY coM­MU­nitY foUn­Da­tion

read­ing Sym­phony orches­tra per­forms Peter and the Wolf at Penn-Bernville ele­men­tary School last school year in the tulpe­hocken area School Dis­trict, with Bethel ele­men­tary School stu­dents also at­tend­ing. this school year will be the sec­ond year in a row for this per­for­mance at Pen­nBernville.

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