The Falls Church City Council approved $50,000 in arts and humanities grants, which will go to local organizations, at the December 14 council meeting, according to a press release from the City of Falls Church. The grant budget is part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget approved by City Council in April 2015.
The Arts and Humanities Council, formerly known as the City of Arts, Theater, Culture and History, recommended funding for ten applicants. The grant-funded projects include new equipment for the Village Preservation Society’s summer Concerts in the Park series, preserving local history materials to be used in a “Virtual Visitor’s Center” and increasing outreach and engagement for art classes, shows, lectures, musical performances and scholarships.
Also, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Grants matched the grants for the Watch Night New Year’s Eve celebration for street performers, musicians, caricature artists, puppet shows and for Creative Cauldron for original musicals or plays.
The grant-funded operational needs include office administration, utilities and facility overhead for Creative Cauldron, office space for The Little City CATCH Foundation and software, hardware, website support, rent, printing and mailing for Falls Church Arts.
“All applications clearly propose to serve City residents, provide a quality proposal, and provide programs and/or services consistent with the Arts and Humanities mission and economic value,” the Arts and Humanities Council wrote in a report to City Council.
“These grants will provide recognition and elevate the results provided by our many non-profit organizations and individuals who contribute much time and talent to improve and add value to the experience of living in Falls Church.”