City offers 2012 arts grants to local organizations

September 9, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The city Arts Commission seeks cultural organizations and programs for the latest round of arts grants.

The city offers grants each year for organizations to present performances and programs in public spaces and local schools.

Only projects inside Issaquah city limits or at Issaquah School District campuses qualify for funding. The deadline to apply for the grants is Nov. 4.

Commissioners awarded about $120,000 to 21 projects. The lineup included ArtWalk, Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment, Concerts on the Green, Shakespeare on the Green, performances at local schools and programs to help troubled youths.

The program also supported Village Theatre’s Mainstage, KIDSTAGE and Village Originals programs. The program for original musicals incubated the Tony Award-winning “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The city generates money for the grants though a 5 percent admissions tax on movie theaters and special events.

 

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