9 JUNE 2020
The Community Foundation Awards Nearly $100,000 in Support of the Arts
WAUSAU, WI —The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin recently distributed nearly $100,000 through its Community Arts Grant Fund to 24 local organizations to assist them with their arts-related programming.
This year, in addition to traditional programming grants of up to $5,000, special funding was designated for Community Arts COVID-19 Response Grants for organizations needing immediate relief due to the effects of COVID-19 on those organizations. Of the $98,545 awarded, $39,000 was for COVID-19 related aid and $59,545 was awarded for traditional programming requests.
Projects designed to complement, enhance, or expand new or existing cultural activities throughout Marathon County were eligible to receive funding. To qualify, some portion or outcome of the project must be open to the public.
Funding for the Community Arts Grant program has been provided through the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency, the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, and the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin’s Wausau Marathon County Fund. The Wisconsin Arts Board awarded an $18,600 grant to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board, to bring decision-making on arts funding to the local level. Partnered by a $31,400 grant from the Foundation’s Wausau Marathon County Fund, and a $50,000 match by the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation this program will continue to make a tremendous impact on the Arts within Marathon County in the upcoming year.
The deadline to apply for a Community Arts Grant in 2021 is April 15, 2021. Contact Sue Nelson, Program Officer at the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin at 715-845-9555 for grant guidelines and application instructions.
Traditional Community Arts Grants
Community Arts Grants, totaling 59,545, were awarded for projects and programs that enhance the quality and diversity of the Marathon County arts community.
CenterStage Band and Show Choir: $5,000
Annual show and community outreach 2020
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra: $1,620
Dorothy Vetter Memorial Educational Concerts
Festival of Arts: $5,000
2020 Wausau Festival of the Arts
Indian Society of Central Wisconsin: $5,000
Diwali Festival of Lights Celebration
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: $5,000
It’s Milliner Time!
Marathon County Public Library: $5,000
Central Wisconsin Book Festival
NAOMI of Wausau: $1,425
Community Book Read with Facilitated Discussion
Opera for the Young: $1,500
Opera for the Young in area schools
Performing Arts Foundation: $5,000
Access For All Program at The Grand 2020/21 Season
River Valley Jazz Society: $5,000
11th Annual Sid Kyler River Valley Jazz Festival
Robert W. Monk Gardens: $5,000
Alice in the Gardens
UWSP at Wausau: $5,000
8th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival
Wausau School District: $5,000
Wausau West Music Department 2020 Winter Concert and Wisconsin Singers Clinic & Performance
Wausau Symphony and Band: $5,000
2020-21 Concert Series
Community Arts COVID-19 Response Grants
Community Arts COVID-19 Response Grants, totaling 39,000, were awarded to address the immediate needs of the agencies due to the effects of COVID-19.
319 Gallery: $3,700
319 Gallery relief funding
Center for the Visual Arts: $4,400
When Life Gives You Lemons, Learn to Juggle
LuCille Tack Center for the Arts: $4,000
2020-21 Arts Adventure Educational Series
Marathon County Historical Society: $3,400
Safer at home shutdown relief
Rise Up Central Wisconsin: $4,100
Wausau Community Theatre: $3,900
Wausau Conservatory of Music: $4,100
Tuition assistance and spring programming
Wausau Events: $3,600
Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art: $4,000
Wausau River District: $3,800