Fenton Area Arts Programs Awarded Grants

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Fenton, MI — May 8, 2019

One of the great things about the Fenton community is the area’s dedication to the arts. Appreciation of Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, and Film is deeply ingrained in Genesee County as a whole. We are lucky to have the support of so many to keep various programs alive and thriving.

Photo Courtesy of Fenton Arts Council

The Greater Flint Arts Council recently announced that 4 Fenton area organizations were awarded a total of 5 grants on behalf of the arts.

Share Art Genesee Grant Recipients

Greater Flint Arts Council is providing these Share Art Genesee grants in Genesee County to build the capacity of local arts organizations to reach their potential in transforming our communities into vibrant, inclusive destinations with a unique sense of place.

Art can be a powerful way for multiple narratives to be heard, seen, and included in the knowledge and experiences of a community. The arts can build a sense of community through shared experiences, improve the quality of our lives by providing outlets for the creativity inherent in all of us, and stimulate economic development by attracting visitors to our community.

The following organizations received the grants.

Fenton Arts Council

Programs & Services Grant of $5,000. The Fenton Arts Council works at “Creating, Promoting & Supporting all forms of Arts & Culture in our Community for Over 40 Years!
Visual, Musical, Literary, Performing, and Technology Integrated.” They sponsor the annual Arts Are the Heart events. The first of which is coming up soon, May 18th.

Fenton Community Orchestra

Programs & Services Grant of $30,000. The Fenton Community Orchestra’s purpose “is to provide a place for musicians of all ages to connect through music by providing an educational and entertaining music program both for its members and its audiences. FCO seeks to promote mutual growth and understanding through the experience of musical performance. Membership is open to musicians from age 12 and up, provided they have the desire to play and learn together.”

Photo Courtesy of the Fenton Community Orchestra

The grant will support FCO’s various offerings such as FCO Simply Strings, PSO youth orchestra, the Community Orchestra and special summer programs for all musicians.

Fenton Village Players

Programs & Services Grant of $27,000. “The Fenton Village Players is a performing arts organization with the intent of providing community opportunities and facilities to study, appreciate, and participate in the arts, including professional-quality theatre.”

Their next performance is the Gershwin Musical Comedy “Crazy for You” with performances scheduled for July 11th-28th. Auditions are next week May 13th, 14th, and 15th.

Courtesy of The Fenton Village Players
Fenton Arts/Culture Commission
Photo Courtesy of The Fenton Arts/Culture Commission

Cultural Planning Grant of $4,500 and Programs & Services Grant of $14,400. The Fenton Arts/Culture Commission falls under the auspices of the City of Fenton. The Commission will use the Community Cultural Planning Grant to sponsor an Art & Cultural Charrette. The public Charrette session will seek input from the community regarding specific art and cultural programs and opportunities that would enhance the quality of life in the community.

The Programs and Services Matching Grant will be used to fund art and cultural programming in the community.