By Philip Haldiman
Peoria is rewarding 19 grants to art organizations totaling $50,000 for Fiscal Year 2019.
Theater Works, Peoria Unified School District, Ballet Arizona and Center Dance Ensemble were among the top recipients.
Spokesman Tim Eiden said the grants are expected to provide organizations with financial capacity to participate in city-sponsored events, enhance arts programs at Peoria Unified School District schools, bring the arts and arts activities to underserved populations and assist arts organizations with building a significant presence in Peoria.
This year marked a 63 percent increase in participation since Fiscal Year 2017, with 26 applications.
Mr. Eiden said that in Fiscal Year 2018 the maximum award for each arts grant went up from $2,500 to $5,000, making the grant process more worthwhile to potential applicants as it is a competitive process with reporting requirements.
This year, applicants requested a total of $103,680, up 166 percent compared with Fiscal Year 2017, when a total of $38,960 was requested, according to a city document.
The Peoria Arts Commission is actively getting the word out to nonprofit arts organizations about the arts grants in Peoria, Mr. Eiden said.
“Our goal is to provide rich, diverse arts experiences in Peoria, and one way to accomplish this goal is through the support of art program grants for a variety of qualified organizations,” Mr. Eiden said. “We want arts organizations to see the opportunity to create art in Peoria to add to the quality of life of our residents, and to create an arts supportive culture.”
Single grant awards for Fiscal Year 2019 ranged from $1,200 to $4,700. Individual awards were available up to $5,000.
The city awarded 14 grants in Fiscal Year 2018 and 15 grants in Fiscal Year 2017, according to a city document.
Similar to last year, the base budget of $25,200 for the grants was augmented by a one-time supplemental amount of $24,800 for a total of $50,000.
The grants were assessed in five categories: applicant history, the grant request, project/organizational quality, project/organizational capability and project budget. Each application was scored individually by panel members and ranked based on total score. Staff compiled the funding requests in various amounts and presented them to the Peoria Arts Commission that made final recommendations to city council.
Since 1991, the arts division in Peoria has proposed and managed the Art Grant Program, in which several nonprofits are afforded support in delivering programs and services to residents in the areas of visual and performing arts. The goal of the program is to help organizations and schools with financial support enhancing art-centric events and activities benefiting Peoria residents.
On May 15, the Peoria Arts Commission held a public meeting and unanimously approved the following recommendations (nonprofit and program) totaling $50,000 to the City Council that approved them June 5.
TheaterWorks, AdaptiveWorks Ed Programming: $4,700
Ballet Arizona, Dance AZ program: $4,600
Center Dance Ensemble, Performances in Peoria Schools: $3,800
PUSD, Swift Shakespeare: $3,500
PUSD, Arts & Cultural Festival: $3,000
Theater Works, PuppetWorks Blacklight: $3,000
Act One, Field Trip Program: $2,500
WHAM Art Association, At Risk Teens Art Program: $2,500
Childsplay, Peoria School Touring Shows: $2,400
PUSD, Performance/Artist in Residency: $2,400
Northwest Valley Connect, Intergenerational Mural: $2,400
WHAM Art Association, Peoria – Public Mosaic Mural: $2,400
Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theater for Young Audiences at Sunrise Mountain Library: $2,000
Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theater for Young Audiences at Main Library: $2,000
Ironwood Band Community Foundation, music performances in Peoria: $2,000
Phoenix Symphony, Classroom Concert Series: $2,000
Southwest Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in the Park – Peoria: $1,800
Friends of the Library, library arts events: $1,800
West Valley Art Museum, Children’s Art Studio: $1,200