It seems we are always having to take down Christmas lights, and didn’t I have the pleasure of my yearly mammogram just last month?
There’s the key to the feeling that life is revolving at a dizzying speed: the word “pleasure.” The things that we look forward to don’t seem to come around often enough. Think Sunday afternoons, walking the Sinewava trail in Zion National Park, an anniversary dinner at Rusty’s.
My feelings about the twice-yearly occurrence of the Cedar City Arts Council mini-grant awards are mixed. Honestly, it seems that I just finished up the paper details of the last round of grants that took place in August. It is a fair amount of work, after all. (I hope all you past recipients appreciate it!) And here it is time to begin the process again. Fortunately, this is a cyclical job that I love. There is nothing more joy-producing than giving away money.
The CCAC mini-grants are small awards of up to $500 that are granted to residents of Iron County who wish to make some improvements to their artistic production. Over the years we have given grants to artists who wished to replenish their supplies or attend workshops to upgrade their skills. Musicians have bought music or replaced or repaired aging instruments. Poets have printed beautiful books of their work. Theatre companies have hired production venues or built sets and costumes with the help of the Council.
Artists of all genres are encouraged to take advantage of these modest grants to supplement their own financial contributions to their passions. There are some restrictions that need to be noted: students may not apply for funds to complete a project required for an academic grade; organizations with an annual budget of over $25,000 or who receive money from RAP tax funds are not eligible.
But if you want to buy a new camera lens, or a new wood-working tool, or an expensive book to increase your knowledge about quilting, you are invited to apply to the Arts Council for some financial aid. Applications with specific needs or goals are viewed more favorably than vague requests for stuff. And most importantly, the applicant should indicate how his or her work will connect him or her with the artistic community and improve the cultural life of Iron County.
The deadline for applications for this term is February 28, and we are firm about it. Go to the Cedar City Arts Council website to download the guidelines and application forms. And even though it seems like we were doing this just three weeks ago, we will be happy to receive and consider your requests.