Apply now for the arts’ community grant 

The Salida Council for the Arts is accepting applications for 2018 community grants of up to $500 each for local arts and cultural based projects. Projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida community and be supportive of the council’s mission statement. Applications are available online and must be received by May 31. The grants will be awarded in July.

According to the SCFTA mission statement, “Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, businesses, government and educational institutions.” 

Last year, six of 28 applicants were awarded $500 each for their arts and cultural projects, including Puzzling Evidence & New Associations by Suzanne Rittmann of The Maverick Potter; Parkour Acrobatics Workshop- Circus Anniversary by Joe Lobeck and the School of Nin; Salida Ink by H. Mark Weidman; the Pottery Project by the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse; TINTS Productions (Theater In Non-Traditional Spaces) by Steve Kucera; and Dias de Los Muertos by Community Costumes Inc. and Krista Jarvis.

“The multitude of applications and the true creative passion of the applicants spoke to the strength of arts and culture in our local community,” said Jessie Miller, community grants chair.

“The Salida Council for the Arts board of directors is always excited and proud to see the results of the funding awarded the past year,” said committee member Ken Brandon.

Applications should include a clear and detailed project/event vision, timeline, itemized budget and a description of their specific community impact and involvement. “The community grants are not given to support ongoing operating funds, but rather to encourage and bring to life outstanding creative ideas that manifest in the Salida area,” Miller said.

Sue Ann Hum, arts council president, said, “We hope to be able to provide annual support in our community with similar grants. Giving matters. Area residents’ financial support of the council’s activities and fundraising will continue to make these grants available in the future, enriching the cultural life of our community.

Online applications are available at, under the “Programs” tab, and contributions may be made under the “Support” tab.