United Arts of Central Florida has announced its latest recipients in its February cycle of Mini-Grants, Arts Learning Mini-Grants and Diverse Programming Grants.

Seven organizations were awarded Mini-Grants totaling $8,400; five organizations were awarded $5,050 for the Arts Learning Mini-Grant; and three organizations received $3,500 in Diverse Programming Grants.

This cycle’s recipients include:

Caribbean American Association of Lake County – Awarded $1,000 for the Lake Steel Orchestra. 

Central Florida Watercolor Society – Awarded $1,000 for Exploring Light and Color, a multi-site, hands-on opportunity for a close-up experience with the art of watercolor. 

Cultural Fusion – Awarded $1,700 for Spirituals In Motion, an original collaborative piece by Cultural Fusion and the Inez Patrica School of Dance. 

Emotions Dance – Awarded $1,000 for Twist: The Color Wheel. The company performance will engage participants in a world of color with a TWIST of contemporary, jazz, modern and ballet styles, at the Orlando Shakespeare’s Mandell Theater. 

Goldsboro West Side Community Historical Association – Awarded $1,700 for Mrs. Allie Berry’s Quilt Code. 

Ozilly Connections – Awarded $1,000 for Camp Africa Florida. This 3-day interactive cultural event in an African Village setting is filled with music, dance, and stories of African culture and traditions. 

Women in the Arts – Awarded $1,000 for “Celebrating the Genius of Women” exhibition and awards. This juried annual competition is organized in partnership with the Orlando Public Library, celebrating Women’s History Month and exhibiting the work of the competition finalists at the library’s main branch.


This cycle’s Arts Learning Mini-Grants recipients are:

Chance 2 Dance – Awarded $1,050 for 2018 Showcase Performance. The Chance 2 Dance Showcase will have 250-500 participants, more than 99% of whom have a mental or physical disability. 

Child of this Culture Foundation – Awarded $1,000 for Urban Art Project. This project teaches graffiti-painting basics. COTC’s aim is for students to produce a fantastic piece of artwork, gain self-esteem, and express their own creativity and story. 

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida – Awarded $1,000 for Music Therapy and Wellness. 

Orlando Gay Chorus – Awarded $1,000 for Voices United Summer Clinic. Under James Rode, OGC’s artistic director, students will participate in a group choral experience with a Middle School Choral Clinician. A

Timucua Arts Foundation Orchestra – Awarded $1,000 for Summer Music Camps. Camps will include music appreciation courses, sectionals, music history and theory classes, studio lectures, and full rehearsals. 


This cycle’s Diverse Programming Grants recipients are:

Downtown Arts District – awarded $1,000 for In the Artist’s Studio with Derrick Adams on April 20 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, preceded by the Star Gallery launch on April 19 at CityArts Factory. 

Orlando Fringe – awarded $1,000 for Hip Hop Night & Latin Night on the free outdoor stage during the 27th Orlando Fringe Festival in Loch Haven Cultural Park. 

Orlando Museum of Art – awarded $1,500 for Family Day – The Enduring Seminole: History, Culture and Art at Orlando Museum of Art on April 7. This will be a FREE, fun and educational event where families can learn about and experience Native American art and culture, with focus on Florida’s Seminole tribe.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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