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Arts Council of the Valley announces Fall 2019 arts grant awards

arts council of the valley​Arts Council of the Valley announced Monday its Fall 2019 Advancing the Arts grant awards, providing a total of $5,800 to ​six recipients.

Advancing the Arts grants are awarded in two categories: ​ Arts for Education , provided to educators and educational organizations, and​ Creative Inspiration , allocated to individual artists.

Grant funding also supports community-based initiatives in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Arts for Education grants were awarded to:

● Heidi Jablonski for ​Inside Out Playback Theatre , to connect with intentional learning communities

● David McCormick for ​Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, for the purpose of educating children through an ‘Instrument Petting Zoo’

● Leeanne S​hepherd for ​Second Home Learning Center, to provide an after-school theatre learning program for children who are at a socio-economic disadvantage.

Creative Inspiration grants were awarded to:

● Christopher and Maria Clymer Kurtz, for the purpose of creating an album touching on many aspects of life

● Susan V. Facknitz for the completion of a manuscript of poems

● Barbara Camph of OASIS, for creating and installing a large mosaic artwork to celebrate Earth Day Every Day​ of Harrisonburg.

Awardees may receive one grant – ranging from $250 to $1000 – per calendar year. Matching funds are not required for grant submissions.

Since ​2001​, ACV has awarded more than​ $350,000 to local ​arts organizations and practitioners through these grants, with fall and spring funding cycles each year. For more information, visit

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