New organization aims to fund local arts programsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | email@example.com
A new local organization, the Grant Writers for the Arts Foundation, will celebrate its launch with two upcoming events.
Due to reduced funding, many schools have cut arts programs. The group’s mission is to regrant community-based organizations that provide performing arts, visual arts and music instruction for children in grades K-8, said founder/CEO Kathleen Greely.
“Creative arts has always been one of the paths that would help our youth today to arrive at a place of better academic success,” Greely said. “How do we really replace that which we are taking away? What are we doing to give kids access to creative learning? These kids are going to be our tomorrow. I think it’s our responsibility to give rise to outlets for children.”
At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, artist Carmen Miller will headline a mixer for the “movers and shakers of Toledo’s creative community” at Club Evolution, 519 N. Reynolds Road, Greely said. Admission is free.
On Nov. 11, a fundraiser, Artz and Soul, is set for 2-6 p.m. at the historic Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer/songwriter Dwele will headline the entertainment lineup.
Also performing will be Ramona Collins, Michael Hayes Sr. & Creative Impulse, Jesse Coleman & The Jamm Band, Bobby G, Carmen Miller, Dwayne Douglas, Joy Youster, Toledo Free Press Star columnist Rachel Richardson, U.G.E., That Band and more. There will also be a salsa and ballroom dance-off.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Jack’s Men’s Wear, 3414 Dorr St., Henry’s Jewelry, 4909 Dorr St. or online at grantwritersforthearts.org.
A VIP afterparty will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Club Evolution. Cost is $10 at the door.