Dublin Villager

Three local groups benefit from Arts Council grants

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The Dublin Arts Council awarded grants of $9,300 to the Dublin Singers, $7,500 to Dublin Community Bands and a $2,800 grant to the Dublin Area Art League.

The DAC has given out annual grants to local nonprofit groups that engage the community and contribute to lifelong learning through the arts since the 1990s.

The nearly $20,000 in grants given out this year will go to a variety of things, including scholarships.

"All these organizations are quite remarkable in their own right and funding them allows us to meet our mission which is what we request of all grantees," said David Guion, Arts Council executive director.

The grant for the community chorus, the Dublin Singers, will be used for a student scholarship, as well as the funding of musicians for the annual spring show, costumes and music for 2014 shows.

The Dublin Area Art League will also use its grant money for a scholarship.

The group of local artists will also use some grant money for operating costs and best of show prizes for the art league's spring and fall shows.

"I think two of the most exciting projects are the Dublin Area Art League and the Dublin Singers offering scholarships," Guion said.

"The scholarship component is so important because it allows another set of individuals to receive funding," he said.

"It's like granting and regranting and regranting.

"Despite the small number of grants (we receive), when they have a scholarship component it allows us to stretch dollars even more."

Dublin Community Bands, which includes the Dublin Wind Symphony, Silver Band and Emerald City Swing Orchestra, will also stretch its $7,500 in grant money for equipment and programs.

The Dublin Wind Symphony will match $2,000 of the DAC grant to purchase auxiliary percussion equipment.

"We said in the grant (application) we'll also allow high school students to borrow them with the permission of the band director," said Mike Lowe, a Dublin Community Bands board member.

"Not only will we use them, but high school students will use them too."

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra will also use $2,200 of the grant to partner with Swing Columbus on a swing dance with instruction this summer, Lowe said.

The rest of the grant will go to a Dublin Silver Band project.

"The Dublin Silver Band is putting $3,300 on a youth brass band (clinic)," Lowe said. "We hired a guest composer and will commission new music.

"It'll be over spring break and is basically teaching them the ins and outs of a brass band," Lowe said.

"We'll put on a concert at the end of the week. It'll be a clinic. It'll be pretty intense and give kids a good understanding of brass bands."

The DAC will award another round of grants next year.

To apply for a 2015 grant, applications must be turned in by Oct. 17.

For more information, look online at dublinarts.org/ artists/ communityartsgrant.aspx.

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