Story last updated at 9/9/2009 - 11:37 am
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, at a recent meeting in Fairbanks, awarded $250,000 in grants to arts and culture organizations in Alaska under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds are through the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Juneau organizations receiving funds are the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council ($21,000), CrossSound ($8,000) and the Juneau Symphony ($8,800). Perseverance Theater received a stimulus fund grant for $21,000 directly from the Western States Arts Federation.
In Sitka, organizations receiving funds are the Sitka Summer Music Festival ($15,200) and Alaska Arts Southeast ($21,000).
Grants must be used for either salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate, or fees for previously-engaged artists and/or contractual personnel.