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Arts Council of the Valley supports community art projects in Spring Advancing the Arts grant cycle

arts council of the valleyArts Council of the Valley will continue aiding community artists and art educators in their pursuit of artistic excellence by awarding three Advancing the Arts grants for its Spring 2018 cycle.

ACV’s Advancing the Arts grant program supports artists, art educators, and organizations working in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Funds are awarded to those that advocate for the arts as a basic, central part of lifelong learning in our community. Grants are awarded in two categories: Arts for Education, provided to educators and educational organizations, and Creative Inspiration, provided to artists.

Over the past decade, the Arts Council’s Advancing the Arts grant program has awarded over $350,000 to support community-based initiatives in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

The Council is pleased to announce its Spring 2018 Advancing the Arts grant recipients:

Arts for Education

  • Creativity 3D: Keister Artists Build, W.H. Keister Elementary School Visual Arts, Mary Yoder-Anderson

Creative Inspiration

  • Art Meets History and Science, Virginia Quilt Museum, Barbara Roadcap
  • Story-gathering with our neighbors, Stories in three mediums, Inside Out Theatre, Heidi Winters Vogel

Advancing the Arts grant applications were available in February and submitted in March. Information on ACV’s Fall 2018 grant cycle will be available in July, with applications due in October. To learn more, visit

Arts Council of the Valley is located at 311 South Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.

About Arts Council of the Valley

Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting and providing memorable Arts experiences in the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Since its establishment, ACV has grown into a multi-faceted community organization that fosters innovative partnerships among area businesses, civic organizations, schools, and artists. Today, ACV manages the Court Square Theater and Smith House Galleries, supports childhood learning by way of the Any Given Child Harrisonburg initiative, funds local art projects through its Advancing the Arts grant program, and coordinates monthly First Fridays Downtown community gatherings. To learn more, visit

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