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Scottsdale Cultural Council announces arts grant funding

SCOTTSDALE – The Scottsdale Cultural Council is pleased to announce $59,000 in grants to 12 organizations through its community arts grants program. The program received 26 applications for a total of $222,141 in requests.

Scottsdale Cultural Council trustee Carol Fehring Irvin chaired the panel and commented, "We were very pleased with the diversity of applications and the quality of work that is being produced by Scottsdale organizations as well as Valley-wide organizations that present programs in Scottsdale.

Adults and youth who are residents and visitors will have great opportunities to participate in stellar programs in the coming year. My only disappointment is that there were not adequate funds to support all the worthy projects that were submitted."
Members of the panel were: Susan Conklu (City of Scottsdale Planning Department), Andre Licardi (Peoria Arts Commission), Ron May (Actors Theatre Phoenix and Stray Cat Theatre), Debbie Paine (Greater Phoenix Arts and Business Council), Sandra Stauffer (ASU College of Music), Lynn Timmons (City of Phoenix) and Kade Twist (artist and writer).

Funding for the Community Arts Grants program is provided by the City of Scottsdale through a direct appropriation to the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

For additional information on the Scottsdale Cultural Council, call 480-994-ARTS or visit

The following organizations will receive funding for the 2008-09 year:
Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, to support a one-day multi-cultural festival for the students, $1,500
Arizona Opera, school tour in English and Spanish of Mini-Elixir of Love, $7,000
Arizona Women's Theatre Company, $5,000
Chamber Music PLUS, four inter-disciplinary concerts to be held at the Kerr Cultural Center, $2,000
Childsplay, Inc., performances in 5 Scottsdale schools, $7,500
Free Arts of Arizona, visual art and performing arts programs in Scottsdale for at-risk students, $2,500
Golden Lion Productions, Inc., annual dance festival $4,500
Heard Museum, education programs and conservation of Charles Loloma mural $10,000
Jazz in Arizona, Inc., $5,000
Movement Source, Inc., artist residency at Paiute Community Center, $500
Scottsdale International Film Festival, General Operating Support, $10,000
The Phoenix Symphony, support ensembles working in Scottsdale classrooms $3,500

The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, to administer certain City arts and cultural projects and to manage the City-owned Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art Program. The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.