Urbana organization chooses 23 arts projects for funding

URBANA — The city Public Arts Commission has selected recipients of the 2013 Urbana Arts Grants.

Among them is the Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Village, which will receive a total of $5,000 from the city and the Urbana Business Association to start an art gallery. That is the largest amount given to any recipient.

Among others receiving grants are the Urbana Pops Orchestra — $3,000 for its 2013 season — and Nathaniel Banks and Friends for a Traveling History of Jazz Project. They will receive $2,500 from the city.

Also, the Mo'Betta Music After School Academy, which Banks and others started to keep youths interested in performing jazz music, will receive $2,000 for its Mo'Betta Developing Artists Summer Camp.

Created in 2009, the grants program gives money to artists, artist teams, organizations, businesses and festival presenters for projects that enrich the lives of residents and visitors in Urbana.

In 2013, the fifth funding cycle for the program, the city received 57 applications for grants requesting more than $195,000. Twenty-three projects will receive a total of $47,500.

The commission evaluates the applications for artistic quality, community integration and project feasibility.

The city sponsors the program, and the Urbana Business Association through its Business Backs the Arts initiative kicks in money for some projects.

The city will recognize the recipients during an "Announcement Celebration" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 28 at Buvons Wine Bar, 203 N. Vine St., U.

The recipients, projects and grants (full descriptions of the projects are at http://urbanaillinois.us/artsgrants):

— Irenka Carney, (Re)Making Matter(s); city sponsorship of $1,175.

— The Show, Illinois Poets Society, Vol. II: The Aaron Ammons Project; city sponsorship of $2,000.

— Brianna Lawrence, Have Book, Will Travel; UBA sponsorship of $1,000.

— elizaBeth Simpson, Urbana: Art from the Streets; city sponsorship of $1,500.

Envision 365, grants for emerging and professional artists:

— Nathaniel Banks and Friends, Traveling History of Jazz Project; city sponsorship of $2,500.

— Kate Kuper, Simple Machines and Movement Exploration; city sponsorship of $1,175.

— Outta the Mouths of Babes Youth Radio Project; UBA sponsorship of $1,000 and city sponsorship of $1,000.

— Steve Ingram, Urbana Pinhole Portrait Project; city sponsorship of $900.

— Costas: Colombian Music in Urbana; city sponsorship of $2,000.

Creative Mix, grants for groups, ensembles and organizations:

— Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and orchestra youth concerts; city sponsorship of $1,000.

— ChampaignUrbanamusic.com; city sponsorship of $3,000.

— Common Ground Food Co-op, Common Ground Art Gallery; UBA sponsorship of $1,000 and city sponsorship of $4,000.

— CU Film Society, for CU Film Society Presents; city sponsorship of $2,000.

— The UP Center of Champaign County, LGBTQ Youth Theater Group; city sponsorship of $2,000.

— Mo'Betta Music After School Academy, Mo' Betta Developing Artists Summer Camp; city sponsorship of $2,000.

— The World Stage Homeschool Theatre Company, Shakespeare for Children; city sponsorship of $550.

— Urbana Pops Orchestra 2013 season; city sponsorship of $3,000.

Urbana Festivals, grants for arts-related festivals in Urbana:

— 40 North 88 West 2013 annual Boneyard Arts Festival Urbana Day; UBA sponsorship of $1,000 and city sponsorship of $2,000.

— CU Folk & Roots Festival 2013; city sponsorship of $3,000.

— Maker Faire 2013; city sponsorship of $2,000.

— Parkland College Read Across America 2014; city sponsorship of $3,700.

— Community Center for the Arts Race Street Bash; UBA sponsorship of $1,000 and city sponsorship of $2,800.

— The UP Center of Champaign County, Turn it UP!; city sponsorship of $1,200.

For more information, contact Urbana public arts coordinator Christina McClelland at 384-2311 or by email at cmmcclelland@urbanaillinois.us.

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asparagus wrote on March 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

These kinds of projects can easily be covered by private donations. Common Ground does not need a city aided art gallery. This is the kind of crap that drives government into fiscal ruin.

Every time St. Prussing proclaims we do not have enought money I would like this story to be remembered.

cretis16 wrote on March 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Whew...this is disgracefull...spending all this public money on these giveaway projects. Our property taxes are just plain awful, and yet the city continues to burn money..