VANDALIA — The Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee has announced the recipients of grants awarded through its 2016-17 grant program.
The Butler Performing Arts Association, Vandalia Youth Theatre and Muse Machine were formally recognized during a reception at the Vandalia Municipal Building May 17. Accepting congratulations on behalf of the Vandalia Youth Theatre was Wendy Shelton, BPAA president; Tim Bement, president and Hannah Looney, vice president, Vandalia Youth Theatre; and Doug Scholz local resident and businessman, representing Muse Machine.
The BPAA will receive $1,000 toward private lessons for Vandalia resident-members of the Butler High School Marching Band in conjunction with Band Camp during the month of July. The Vandalia Youth Theatre will receive $3,500 in support of its 2016 summer productions —-Willy Wonka, Elf and Peter Pan. Muse Machine will receive $1,000 in sponsorship of its January, 2017 Musical.
Priding itself on providing Vandalia residents with a wide variety of cultural opportunities, the Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee considers all types of projects and programs and encourages grant applications from the entire community.
“Ideally, we’ll see requests from educators, service organizations, artists, performers, musicians…just about anyone who wants to bring some form of art to Vandalians,” said Joanne Townsend, Cultural Arts Advisory Committee member who oversees the grant process.
The Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund was formed in 2002 to advance and support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances and organizations for the benefit of the citizens of Vandalia. Vandalia City Council appoints five citizens to an advisory committee to oversee the fund and determine where resources might best be placed. Currently, in addition to Townsend, the Committee is made up of Vandalians Kimberly Hyatt and Guustie Alvarado, as well as Vandalia photographer, Justin Spivey, appointed by the Vandalia-Butler Foundation. Candice Farst is Vandalia City Council’s liaison to the group.
New committee members are occasionally sought. For information and application instructions, contact Missy Pruszynski, Vandalia deputy clerk of council, 415-2258.
The 2017-18 grant application process will begin late this year, with application information posted on the Vandalia website, www.vandaliaohio.org. For more information on grants, contact Julie Trick, Vandalia assistant to the city manager, 415-2256.