Sacramento Press's Brandon Darnell reported on March 2nd....
Leaders in Mayor Kevin Johnson’s For Arts’ Sake initiative are laying the groundwork for the arts to flourish, they told the arts community Wednesday.
“We just received word of a planning grant of $50,000 to create a youth arts program to serve the entire region,” said For Arts’ Sake Project Manager Deborah Edward.
The grant, which came from AmeriCorps and will be used in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, is allotted for planning to determine the demand and opportunities for arts in the community.
Edward said For Arts’ Sake also partnered with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the American River Parkway Foundation to submit a letter of interest to the National Endowment for the Arts to receive funding that would add artwork to the American River Parkway.
The program, called “Our Town,” gives grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to 35 communities across the nation. “We should hear in the next month or so if we’re invited to apply, and then three months to hear if we’re one of the 35 communities selected to get it,” Edward said.
She stressed the importance in actively seeking funding, especially in the current economic recession. “That money is out there, and if we don’t ask, we don’t get it,” she said.
Read more about For Arts' Sake three goals aimed at the Sacramento regional cultural infrastructure at http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/46677/For_Arts_Sake_receives_seeks_grants.