Hernando County Fine Arts Council announces its 2019 Community Arts Grants recipients. The Council’s grant program provides grants up to $500 each for local groups and non-profits to promote all the creative arts and art appreciation in Hernando County.
Recipients and their projects for this year are as follows:
· Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, “My Art History Scrapbook”
· City of Brooksville Uptown Gallery, “Uptown Gallery Hooked on Art”
· Hernando County eSchool, “Hernando eSchool 2nd Annual Art Show”
· Hernando County Public Library System, “Art Attack”
· Hernando Youth Orchestra, “HYO 2019”
· Live Oak Theater, “2018-2019 Season of Performances”
· Stir Up The Gift, “Student Talent Development”
· Suncoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines, “Bringing Awareness of Women’s A Capella Music to Hernando County”
· Temple Beth David Jewish Center, “Nature Coast Art Show”
Beth Putnam, Community Arts Grant Program Coordinator for the Council, said, "These local groups are keeping the arts alive in so many different ways. We are proud to support groups who help make Hernando County a more vibrant art community."
Grantees were selected at the Council’s December 13, 2018 meeting. Grant projects will run through the end of 2019. In the last two years, the grant-funded projects involved more than 15,000 people in the arts in Hernando County. More information about the grant program can be found on the Council’s website at HernandoArts.org.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created in 1987 by the Board of County Commissioners to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts.
(Back Row) L-R Vince Vanni, Live Oak Theatre; Melinda Crandle, Stir Up the Gift Talent Organization, Kimetta Ortiz, Luciana Calascione, and Andy Fotopoulos, Hernando eSchool; John St. John, Hernando Youth Orchestra; LeAnne Lesmeister, Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County; Sheryl Fell, Hernando Public Library (Front row) L-R Beth Putnam, Community Arts Grant Program Coordinator; Judith McIntire, Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall; Marlene Shaw, Temple Beth David; Barbara Karpay, Suncoast Harmony Chorus, Sweet Adelines
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is pleased to announce Raymond James Financial as the presenting sponsor of the 35th annual Art in the Park festival to be held March 9–10, 2019, 10 am-5 pm.
Arts Council Chair William “Bill” Yerrick said, “It means a great deal to Hernando County and the Arts Council to receive this sponsorship. We also wish to thank Raymond James Financial Chairman Emeritus, Thomas A. James for his personal support.” Mr. James is both a long-time supporter of the arts and a well-known collector. He and his wife Mary have collected more than 2,500 pieces of art. Earlier this year, they opened the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Last month, the Southeast Tourism Society named Art in the Park to its top 20 Festival and Events for the month of March 2019 for the second year in a row. Yerrick noted that this accolade, plus the sponsorship from Raymond James highlights the quality of Art in the Park and its value to the County. “Not only does Art in the Park bring artists and art lovers together in a beautiful setting, but proceeds also help support all the arts in Hernando County.”
The juried festival is expected to draw 5,000 people to enjoy more than 130 fine art and craft exhibitors, a food court, a student art show and a children’s art activity tent. There will be live stage entertainment both days with a special "Pops in the Park" concert performed by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, March 9 at 1 pm.
The 35th annual Art in the Park is sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. Admission is FREE. The $5 suggested parking donation helps support all the arts in Hernando County.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created in 1987 by Hernando County to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts. Learn more at HernandoArts.org or call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182 for more information.