SCUGOG: Three local art endeavours were recently awarded the first Spark the Arts funding for new initiatives through the Scugog Council for the Arts.
The Spark the Arts program was developed by the SCA and returns to the community funds that have been raised through the Mayor's Gala.
Watch for the Confidential Musical Theatre Project in February. Organized by Carey Nicholson and Carol Salamone, the show will take place on Feb. 19 at Port Perry United Church. It's confidential because the audience will not know what work is being performed until they arrive to see the production. Cast members from throughout Durham will have worked on their scripts in advance, but will not meet till one hour before the performance — both audience and cast get to see what develops!
The Port Perry Patchers Quilt Guild received a Spark award for a new initiative in connection with their triennial quilt show, coming in May. The Spark Award will help finance the launch of an artists' and artisans' area at the show.
The area will offer artists and organizations opportunity for promotion, sales and member recruitment.
He[art]therapy, a project of art therapist Angelica Atkins, aims to use art as a tool to explore self-image. The Spark award will help Atkins launch seminars for young women, offering a safe context for personal insight and transformation through therapeutic and creative work.
The Spark the Arts program aims to encourage new local arts activities organized by members of the community by supporting them with seed money to get the projects off the ground.
Applications for funding are received twice a year — May 31 and Nov. 30. Application forms are available on-line at: www.scugogarts.ca or by calling the SCA at 905-982-2121.
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