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2/4/2015 - SA&H Foundation Announces Horizons Grants Recipients

Brad Anderson or Kaye Quinn
Arts and Humanities
785-309-5770
kay.quinn@salina.org

SA&H Foundation Announces Horizons Grants Recipients

The Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation has approved $25,000 in Horizons Grants to four local organizations and three developing artists.  The two grant categories include the Horizons Organizational Project Grant and Lana Jordan Developing Artist Grant, both of which were juried and scored by professional panels with expertise in the granting areas.

Horizons Grants support initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement by engaging audience members as active participants. Applicants also are encouraged to develop strategic partnerships to strengthen the reach of their local activities. In addition to the granted amounts, organizations must match the grants 1:1, while individual artists must provide one-third of the overall funding.

Organizational Project grants for 2015 are:

The Salina Art Center, $4,000 for Modeling Community: Salina Art Center Facade Mural Project, which includes the creation of  a scale-model ceramic tile mural for a portion of the exterior east wall facing Santa Fe Avenue at the Art Center’s main location.  The design and fabrication of the model will take place in the Art Center Warehouse, in which Newton, Kansas-based ceramist Conrad Snider will lead a two-week community workshop, directing participants in all phases of model creation.  The completed model will serve as the basis of a commission for Snider to create and install a full-scale mural at the Art Center at 242 S. Santa Fe.

The Salina Symphony, $8,000 for “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.”  In October 2015, the Salina Symphony will kick off its 60th Anniversary Season. Professional cellists Derek Stein and Adele Stein, children of Symphony founder and long-time conductor Eric Stein, return to Salina to perform an original composition by award-winning jazz composer Miho Hazama.  Outreach activities at that time will include lecture-demonstrations at local middle and high schools and for Youth Symphony Program students.  The project will culminate with a premiere performance on October 4, of a work written for two cellos and orchestra, at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Salina Community Theatre, $4,000 to support the participation of two graduate-student, drama therapy interns from Kansas State University’s Drama Therapy program. The two interns will assist Education Director and registered drama therapist Shannon Garretson in teaching a 12-session workshop to children with autism spectrum disorders. The workshops will be offered free of charge and will advance the professional development of graduate students while serving the community in a significant and unique way.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), $1,000 for the RSVP Chorus, Salina Children’s Choir and Lyric Academy Singers to collaborate on a concert entitled “Music for the Ages.”  Each chorus will perform individual pieces from the period of 1900 to 1960, with all three choruses joining to perform additional numbers from that era.  Relational connections between participants will begin with introductory activities, including historical references to the music being rehearsed and performed.  The choruses will participate in preparatory clinics led by Leslie Mangrum, director of The Lyric Academy. 

Lana Jordan Developing Artist grants were awarded to:

Noel Williams, $2,000 for The Fused and Lampworked Glass Project to help Williams gain experience and expertise as a hot-glass artist. The project involves buying new equipment and supplies, acquiring educational materials, and taking a weekend workshop at GlassCraft in Golden, Colorado.  The project also includes a public showing of Williams’ completed work.

Darcy Leech, $3,000 for From My Mother- A Non-Fiction Memoir. Having completed a manuscript, the writer will seek publication for a non-fiction memoir on surviving and thriving in a family with a genetic disease.  The story tells of human resilience amid natural limits and faith and love while sustaining a family. Funds will help the writer obtain a professional editor, attend a writing conference, and create a professional website.

Local painter Richae Morrow, $3,000 to attend a professional development opportunity called The Structured Accident Workshop. The grant helps pay for a two-week, abstract-painting workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. During the workshop, Morrow will work 32 hours each week with the instructor in the studio, as well as with the nine other participants. At the workshop’s conclusion, Morrow plans to teach a hands-on adult painting workshop to share her learning experiences with local artists.

 For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.


Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.