Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Art Museum announces the award of grants totaling $4,911 to four area organizations in support of unique programming that increases public access to the arts.
Winneshiek Players is awarded $1,411 in support of their performance of 10 minute shorts based on the nature of masculinity scheduled for August 6, 2016. This project is tied to the Nature of Masculinity exhibition opening at the Freeport Art Museum on May 27th, 2016, which explores the social constructs relating to concepts of masculinity. Playwrights will be solicited from the Tri-state area for 10 minute short plays and four will be selected for a readers theater performance. Writers are encouraged to submit works that examine the complex topic of gender identity.
The Galena Center for the Arts is awarded $966 for their WGCA Radio Mystery Theater production of the Thin Man based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. The radio show will be performed on April 29th and May 1st, 2016 at the Center for the Arts. The show is produced as if it were in a 1930’s radio studio and each actor will play several different characters.
Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum is awarded $1,278 for their Paint the Town for Port of Galena event. Under the direction of Galena artist, Yvonne Larsen, local volunteers will be invited to attend a series of evening painting sessions to paint the scale model permanent exhibit of Port of Galena.
Mt. Carroll Public Library is awarded $1,256 for an artist database project called Artists Crossroads. This project will document the work of past and current Mount Carroll area artists, musicians and all creative individuals. This library led effort will include outreach activities through community events and a web-based arts archive that will highlight the rich cultural community of Mount Carroll.
This year, the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) received $4,365 from Federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Illinois Arts Council’s Community Arts Access re-granting program to fund these and other exciting arts activities. FAM adds a cash match and after expenses, a total amount available was $4,911. These funds are designated to support artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and Lee counties. All eligible grant proposals are reviewed by a peer panel comprised of representatives from each of the five counties.