This year, the city of Tempe is awarding 38 arts grants to nonprofit organizations and artists collectives providing inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe, which is the largest pool of applicants the city has ever supported through the program, according to a news release.
"This fiscal year, the Tempe City Council supported a 50% increase in Community Arts grant funding, totaling $300,000," said Brendan Ross, Deputy Community Services Director for Arts and Culture, in a statement. "This new level of investment is significant to artists and organizations who have endured upheaval as a result of COVID-19, and will advance goals to ignite creative vibrancy, support capacity building and grow community connections."
A total of 38 grants were awarded in the amount of $257,396 in this first round. The remaining $42,400 will be distributed through other grant categories in the fall.
The competitive review process was conducted by five independent and objective community review panels comprised of representatives from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission, African American Advisory Committee, Climate Action High School Fellows, Tempe Tourism, Tempe residents, arts educators, students and practicing artists.
Projects will be presented in a variety of community spaces, including schools, theaters, parks, as well as animating other surprising spaces across the city.
This year's Wavemaker Art Grant recipients are:
Vibrant City Art Grant recipients include:
For more information about the grants, programs and organizations that received funding, visit tempe.gov/ArtsGrants
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