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2/9/2017 - Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation Announces Horizons Recipients

Stacy Ash, Arts Education Coordinator
(785) 309-5770

SA&H Foundation Announces Horizons Recipients


 (Salina, KS 02-17) The Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation has approved $17,500 in Horizons Organizational Project Grants for four local cultural organizations. The grants were juried and scored by professional panels with expertise in the granting areas.

Horizons Grants support initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement by engaging audience members as active participants. Applicants also are encouraged to develop strategic partnerships to strengthen the reach of their local activities. In addition to the granted amounts, organizations must match the grants with 1:1 funding.

Organizational Project grants funded for 2017 are:

Salina Area Young Professionals (SAYP) $1,250 for Street Eats & Beats. Scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2017, Street Eats & Beats is a music and food-truck festival designed to showcase regional and emerging talent. Organizers plan to add more food trucks and music plus some children’s activities, on-sites demonstration artists and even a live culinary -education component. SAYP, a branch of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with numerous local entities in recent years to organize meaningful events for the community.
For the second annual Street Eats & Beats, SAYP will partner with Salina Downtown, Inc, rap artist and event MC cashhollistah. and local chefs. Along with promoting arts and culture, one intended event goal is to draw more foot traffic downtown to shop and stroll.

Salina Symphony, $8,000 for “The Sleeping Beauty,” a partnership with Tamara Howe School of Dance and other local dancers to present Salina’s first full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet. The production will involve the entire Salina Symphony, comprised of more than 70 orchestra musicians on stage with about 60 dancers. Performances will be on Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28, 2018 at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, $3,250 for M.A.D.D. Camp, a summer outreach camp for youth first through eighth grades, taking place in the second and third weeks in July 2017. The two-week camp focuses on Music, Art, Drama and Dance (M.A.D.D.). St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church will partner with community members to help organize the camp, such as Martha Rhea, founder of the Smoky Hill River Festival and current Circles of the Heartland board member, and therapist Paula Fried, an active patron of the arts. The Salina Art Center also will serve as an artist resource.

Heartland Early Education Center, $5,000 for the creation and installation of a community mosaic to be placed on planters at the school’s entrance. Local artist Katy England will create the piece using small sculptures made by representatives of organizations such as DVACK, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the First Presbyterian Church youth group, The City Teen Center and Friends of the River. England will begin work on the piece in February 2017. It is projected for installation by September 2017.

Salina Arts & Humanities reviews Enrichment Grant proposals for up to $500 on a rolling basis from February through November 30th, 2017. The agency will again accept Organization and Developing Artists Grants in July 2017. All grant guidelines and applications are available at

For any questions about Horizons Grants, please call Stacy Ash at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and the Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.