Fresno Regional Foundation arts grants announced

April 21, 2014 

The Fresno Regional Foundation has announced a new batch of arts and culture grants totaling more than $160,000 to 12 organizations.

A reception open to the public honoring the grantees will be held 5:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday in the foundation's lobby at 5250 N. Palm Ave.

In partnership with the James Irvine Foundation, five of the 12 organizations are receiving Engagement Pathway grants for experimental programs that support how art experiences are developed for more audience relevance and create art experiences that are meaningful to the community.

Here are the recipients:

Youth Orchestras of Fresno: $30,000 to expand free Accent on Access Violin Program.

Fresno Arts Council: $28,000 to train area artists to work with schools and teachers to provide Visual and Performing Arts Standards and Common Core Standards-based visual art lessons in Fresno elementary classrooms.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County: $17,596 for 60 underserved youths from six rural Fresno County communities to learn to create digital photographs that will be displayed at an art show.

Arte Américas: $10,000 to support its Dia de Los Muertos celebration.

Creative Fresno: $10,000 to create portable murals for events throughout Fresno with an art facilitator to lead, encourage and entice citizens to help create a unique mural.

Kings Regional Traditional Folk Arts: $10,000 to support new cultural music and dance classes for children by various recognized artists in the areas of Polynesian dance, Fiddle Bluegrass, Mariachi music and Mexican Folklore Dance.

New Conservatory Theatre Center: $10,000 to support Pride on Tour and YouthAware in Fresno County. Pride on Tour will present "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays" on May 3, while YouthAware will bring anti-bullying and diversity education to middle and high school students during the 2014-15 school year.

San Francisco World Music Festival: $10,000 to bring master world music artists to the Central Valley for classes and concerts with local musicians and students.

Urbanist Collective: $10,000 to work with youths and their families to create four panels. The panels will be unveiled as one mural during a First Friday artwalk in downtown Visalia.

Visalia Opera Company: $10,000 to partner with UCLA mariachi group to compose and present a mariachi opera to the Central Valley community. Bachrun LoMele: $8,500 for a street-roving, inside-out mini-gallery.

Moving Beyond Productions: $8,450 for Fresno native and author Gary Soto to present "In and Out of Shadows," a new musical about undocumented youths in Fresno and Tulare counties.

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