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CCAA 2015-24
December 23, 2015
CONTACT:
Judy Crawford
CCAA Office
301-392-5900

Charles County Arts Alliance Awards $45,000 in Grants

14 Local Nonprofits and 7 Schools Awarded  Funding for FY 2016

Charles County Arts Alliance Grant Recipients for FY 2016

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the Charles County Arts Alliance awarded $45,000 in Arts Grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations and 7 schools to support upcoming countywide cultural events during FY 2016.  The grant award ceremony was held during the Annual Grantee and Membership Gala at the Old Waldorf School.   These grants support  a myriad of cultural programs and events to be held in Charles County throughout the year,  such as concerts and theatrical performances, art gallery presentations, workshops and demonstrations, music competitions, international and cultural performances, and literary development.

The Arts Grant Program has been the focal point of the Arts Alliance since the volunteer nonprofit organization was founded in 1987.  The purpose of the Program is to enhance the quality of cultural life for the citizens of Charles County, and help make it a more vibrant, exciting and diverse place to live.   The grants are awarded on an annual competitive basis following an application process and review by the Arts Alliance Grant Committee, comprised of Board members and local citizens.  

Over the past 28 years, the Alliance has awarded approximately $650,000 in grant funding on a competitive basis to qualified local nonprofits and schools to partially support their cultural programming in the performing, visual and literary arts.  Grant Committee Chair Emily Ferren stated,

"The residents of Charles County and the surrounding area can look forward to experiencing a wide variety of programs and performances that showcase local talent. The Charles County Arts Alliance applauds each and every applicant. Plan to attend by watching our CCAA website, Arts Newsflash, and local news media for details."

The FY 2016 Charles County Arts Alliance Grant recipients are:
Community Arts Development Grants:
Charles County Freedom Landing
Charles County Aging & Senior Programs
Charles County Public Library
Charles County Youth Orchestra
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Friends of Chapman State Park
Grace Brethren Church
Indian Head Center for the Arts 
Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation
Life Journeys Writers Club
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Music Teachers Association of Charles County
Nanjemoy Community Center
Port Tobacco Players

Arts in Education Grants:
Archbishop Neale School
Grace Christian Academy
Henry E. Lackey High School
La Plata High School
St. Charles Children's Learning 
    Center
Thomas Stone High School
Westlake High School







A silent auction was also held during the Gala to help support the CCAA Arts Scholarship Program, in which one graduating senior from each Charles County high school receives a $1000 scholarship to be applied to their higher education at a four-year college or university, leading to a career in the arts.  Donations were also accepted toward a gourmet gift basket, with all proceeds going to the Scholarship Program.  Musical entertainment during the Gala was provided by the Greg Nichols Trio.
 
The Arts Alliance sponsors many other programs throughout the year for local residents, such as five public gallery spaces, art boxes for elementary students, the ArtsFest annual countywide arts festival, and its weekly free Arts Newsflash that keeps citizens informed of upcoming cultural events and activities.

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance is to stimulate, promote, encourage and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County.  For more info on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at  301-392-5900, info@charlescountyarts.org, or  www.charlescountyarts.org.