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The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) is accepting applications for its final awarding of 2018 community grants. Grants of up to $500 each are open to applicants seeking funding for local arts and cultural-based projects. These projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida community and be supportive of the council’s mission statement. Current applications are available online ( and must be received by Oct. 31. Successful projects will be funded in December.

“The SCFTA community grants are awarded to support specific arts and cultural projects or events,” according to community grants Chair Jessie Miller. “In 2017, the council received 28 exceptional applications, six of which were awarded $500 each in community grants, totaling $3,000. The multitude of applications and the true creative passion of the applicants spoke to the strength of arts and culture in our local community.”

The following arts and cultural projects were awarded SCFTA community grants in 2017: Puzzling Evidence and New Associations by Suzanne Rittmann of The Maverick Potter; Parkour Acrobatics Workshop-Circus Anniversary by Joe Lobeck and the School of Nin; Salida Ink by H. Mark Weidman; the Pottery Project by the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse; TINTS Productions (Theater In Non-Traditional Spaces) by Steve Kucera; and Dias de Los Muertos by Community Costumes Inc. and Krista Jarvis.

Earlier in 2018, SCFTA awarded $2,500 through five $500 grants. Recipients were Merry Cox for her “Blessed are the Pollinators”; Tarek Abzoun for “The Clown In You,” a two-day Clowning Intensive; Elliot Jackson on behalf of Articipate’s “Scrapyard” project; Devon Kasper for “Shakespeare in the Park”; and Angela Welborn on behalf of Chaffee County EMS for the “CCEMS Missions Statement Vision” project.

Miller said the best advice for applicants who want to build a successful SCFTA community grant application is to “examine the events and projects that have previously been funded. Applicants should include a clear and detailed project/event vision, timeline and itemized budget, and describe specific community impact and involvement within their grant applications. The community grants are not given to support ongoing operating funds but rather to encourage and bring to life outstanding creative ideas that manifest in the Salida area.”

“The Salida Council for the Arts board of directors is always excited and proud to see the results of the funding awarded the past year,” says committee member Ken Brandon.

Sue Ann Hum, SCFTA president, adds, “We hope to be able to provide annual support in our community with similar grants. Giving matters. Area residents’ financial support of the council’s activities and fundraising will continue to make these grants available in the future, enriching the cultural life of our community. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the arts council, just click on ‘Support’ on our website at” Hum encourages applicants to “get their thinking caps on” to create other unique arts or cultural projects in our community.

The SCFTA mission statement: “Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, businesses, government and educational institutions.”

submitted by Salida Council for the Arts