United Arts of Central Florida has just released the names of the organizations that have been awarded its September cycle of Project Grants.

Seventeen organizations were awarded grants in this cycle, totaling $27,000 in funds to support their projects, that range from cultural events to art therapy programs.

The following copy was taken from a press release issued by United Arts earlier today.

Asia TrendAwarded $1,000 for Asian Cultural EXPO 2021. The annual Asian Cultural EXPO will showcase the culture of Asia through performances, workshops, and art/craft exhibitions. Asia Trend is inviting local arts organizations to perform and hold free workshops after each performance. The expo will be presented together with the GWN Orlando International Dragon  Boat Festival. 

CABETCAL – Awarded $1,000 for Latin Celebration of Art. The Latin Celebration of Art will showcase artists from different Latin countries including Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico,  Venezuela, El Salvador, and more. These artists will showcase their paintings and techniques as well as share their experiences as artists making a new life and integrating into a community without losing their identity. This project will serve as an opportunity to educate and appreciate art that represents a diverse ancestry and culture. 

CAYA Network – Awarded $2,000 for arTron (Art Tron). The project will function as a live painting VR experience with artists using Oculus Quest and the Tilt Brush app to create digital masterpieces. Live participants can see what the artist is making on a large TV screen/projector.  During the weekend, the public can come into the location and view the artist’s masterpiece via  VR headset.  

Celebration Theatre Company, Inc. – Awarded $2,000 for RENT. Celebration Theatre Company,  Inc. is proud to present their fifth season of live musical theater this year, culminating in the  Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning RENT, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. 

Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard – Awarded $1,500 for Darkness into  Light. Darkness into Light juxtaposes the experience of moving from darkness to light as highlighted by the musical selections. This season, the organization hopes to branch out their programming to reach at-risk LGBTQ+ youth with plans of having a small chorus of LGBTQ+  youth perform with the band.  

Chance 2 Dance (C2D) – Awarded $2,000 for Winter Showcase 2021: A Charlie Brown  Christmas. With this adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas, C2D breaks new ground by presenting its first musical-theater production. This production builds on C2D’s tradition of producing progressively ambitious and higher-quality shows featuring performers with special needs.  

Child of this Culture Foundation (COTC) – Awarded $1,500 for Urban Art Project. In hopes of disbarring the myth that graffiti is just vandalism, COTC strives to allow artists to tell their stories through Hip Hop arts traditions. The project will provide 1-2 hour classes once a week for 8-12 weeks. COTC highlights street art, murals, pop surrealism, and other genres from the contemporary underground movement by providing an open, safe & free paint session, urban arts apprenticeship for youth (free or small fee), and workshops by renowned local street artists. 

HAPCO Music Foundation – Awarded $1,500 for Winter Jazz Clinic 2022. This event is designed to offer middle- and high-school jazz students direct, comprehensive instruction on an array of jazz concepts. The topics being covered range from improvisation and music theory to breaking into the music industry and what it takes to be a professional jazz musician. Students that attend this workshop will learn information and concepts that will add to their musical database for present and future use. 

Howey Mansion Music Series Inc. (HMMS) – Awarded $1,500 for 2021-2022 Concert Music  Series. HMMS centers around their main jazz and classical concert series at the Howey  Mansion. The series brings together diverse audience members, consisting of people of all different races and ages from Lake County, Central Florida, and beyond. Their concerts specifically attract many seniors living in Lake County. The current booked artists for the series include Thomas Meglioranza, Reiko Uchida, Greta Pope & Band, Grimes Alley Blues  Band; Sean Kennard; and The Chuck Archard Jazz Quintet. 

Life Concepts d/b/a Quest – Awarded $2,000 for Quest Kids Academy Music and Dance  Programs. Children with developmental and learning disabilities have the ability to learn academic, social, and recreational skills through artistic activities. Quest plans to continue its arts programming focus in two areas: the art of movement and dance in partnership with  Chance 2 Dance; and a music program through a partnership with Joyful Music Therapy. 

Messiah Choral Society (MCS) – Awarded $1,500 for 49th Annual Performance of Handel’s  “Messiah.” Under the direction of Dr. John Sinclair, Messiah Choral Society, along with four professional soloists and a professional orchestra, will present a free performance of Handel’s  “Messiah” marking the 49th year of this longstanding tradition. This year, the collaboration partner will be Orlando Repertory Theatre. MCS will also continue the collaboration with  Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) inviting attendees to donate to SHFB.  

Open Scene, Inc. – Awarded $2,000 for Exquisite Corpse at Immerse 2021. Open Scene has created an interactive art installation using virtual reality, highlighting a new level of collaborative creation in a virtual space. Based on the surrealist Exquisite Corpse technique,  the final product will be a collection of poems written in a virtual world by the participants.  Participants will wear goggles to join the virtual room designed with artistic and literary references from the Latinx culture, guided through a voice-over. 

Orlando Community Arts – Awarded $2,000 for Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is an adaptation of the holiday classical The Nutcracker by  E.T.A. Hoffman, with a multicultural spin, rooted in the experiences of the African American culture. Children from underserved communities will learn choreography taught by professional dance artists. The holiday performance will feature local arts groups with approximately 150 community children participating on stage with dancers representing different countries, as well as include special guest artists, who formerly danced with the  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and as the Nutcracker Prince from Ballet Memphis. 

Orlando Health – Awarded $1,500 for Returning Creative Interaction to Regional Cancer  Centers. Healing Arts Specialist Anne Hollander will return free, weekly creative interaction services teaching 14 different art mediums to adult cancer patients and their caregivers at  Regional Care Centers during outpatient chemotherapy. The specialist will provide free art instruction in workshop settings to all cancer patients/caregivers living in Central Florida,  regardless of which hospital they’re treated at. Workshops on Zoom will also be available every month. 

Orlando International Film Festival, Inc. (OIFF) – Awarded $1,000 for OIFF Art Educational  Assistance. On a monthly basis, OIFF will work with professional artists to provide a  comprehensive arts program that features art instruction for drawing portraits, animals, and other subjects. Participants will be at-risk youth from 8 to 17 years of age. The program works with the younger youth participants to create books that integrate their artwork with writing skills, and the older youth participants, who desire to adopt an artist career, will be encouraged to pursue an art curriculum by participating in professional art instruction,  theatre classes, and test preparation/ reading classes. This project includes UCF instructor volunteers, UCF Soldiers to Scholars staff, and professional artists in a team structure.  

Playwrights’ Round Table – Awarded $1,500 for 2021-2022 Fall/Winter Project. This project will include their second Saturday reading workshops, which may expand into a twice-monthly format; a new playwriting workshop; the return of Native Voices, a live production featuring Central Florida writers and the addition of the Black History Month Showcase,  featuring new plays from black playwrights. 

Theatre South Playhouse – Awarded $1,500 for Professional Benefit Play Read Festival. The  Professional Benefit Play Read Series offers the community an opportunity for the exposure,  enjoyment, and education of a series of well-known, classic, and diverse plays in the middle of Theatre South Playhouse’s educational season of musicals. The program is composed of three play readings for audiences of all ages that showcase an ethnically diverse cast and guest directors. Through these play readings, the festival will address several social themes including domestic violence; social injustice; body-shaming, and self-esteem. Currently, the lineup of plays will feature “Lost In Yonkers,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Neil Simon;  “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the new revised version by Christopher Sergel, based on the Pulitzer  Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee and “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” by  Jocelyn Bioh. 

United Arts is now accepting applications for the next cycle of Project Grants. The next application deadline is January 26, 2022. Organizations can learn more or apply at www.UnitedArts.cc/grants. 

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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