The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, awarded $1,178,773 to 93 Arkansas organizations for the 2013 fiscal year. Four organizations from Eureka Springs were recipients of the awards.
The Community Development Partnership of West Carroll County in collaboration with the Mayor's Arts Council was awarded a Collaborative Project Support grant for $6,400. This grant money will go toward the musical sculpture park on North Main St. named "Sounds of Eureka". The project is a collaboration of local artists, sculptors and welders.
"The grant will go solely to the artists for their artistic contributions," said arts council chairman Sandy Martin. "This will cover the cost of materials, labor and the creation of the musical sculpture pieces."
The goal is to make the park an interactive, educational support piece. "We are wanting to make the it an outdoor activity center for everyone to enjoy," Martin added.
Three other organizations were awarded General Operating Support grants. Eureka Springs School of the Arts was awarded $4,695; Inspiration Point at the Fine Arts Colony was awarded $12,968 and the Communication Arts Institute, Inc. was awarded $5,850.
The grants are support specific and will cover general operating costs such as mortgage, salaries and utilities.
The Communication Arts Institute, Inc. (a part of the Writer's Colony) has received grants from AAC for at least 10 years and it grateful for the contributions.
"It has always been difficult to get grants that are vital to operation costs and the AAC has stepped in because they understand what non-profits need," said Writer's Colony President of the Board Sandy Martin. "These grants are very valuable to all non-profit organizations."
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts has received grants from the AAC since 2005, which they receive in three-year cycles.
"This is a wonderful grant opportunity and the Arkansas Arts Council has been a great support for us," said ESSA executive director Peggy Kjelgaard. "The AAC is beneficial to artists across Arkansas."
The process for submitting grant proposals is an intricate process. For some, proposals are lengthy because of the detail required for submission; this includes new proposals for adding programs and activities.
"Our usual proposal is about 30 pages long and details the program, faculty, board members, financial status, fundraising and all sources of income," said governing board president for Opera in the Ozarks Carole Langley. "At the end of the year we are required to report activities and how each dollar was spent and every three years we are required to meet with the AAC panel for review."
The Arkansas Arts Council was established in 1966 to enable the state of Arkansas to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1975, the Arts Council merged with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
The investment in community arts and educational activities are paid for by state funds and the National Endowment for the Arts.