JUNEAU - Nine Juneau arts groups and four individual artists have been awarded $10,000 in grants by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Musician and teacher Patrick Murphy was awarded $375 to assist in advanced study of the double bass, with a proposal to share his expertise with the community as a teacher and performer. Composer Stefan Hakenberg was awarded $750 to accept an invitation to present his work in New York City. Visual artist Dorinda Skains was awarded $325 to prepare and promote an exhibition of her painting and ceramic work. Potter David Thomas was awarded $375 to help upgrade his kiln, with the proposal that he will offer educational opportunities for elementary-age students to work with clay.
All Nations Children received a $500 grant to purchase supplies for weaving Ravens Tail leggings for 11 members of the dance group.
The Partnership for a Community Arts Center received $750 to develop the former Juneau Empire building (and Observatory Bookstore) at the corner of Second and Franklin streets into "a space where art is seen, heard, and the public is able to participate in the creation of art."
Juneau arts organizations received about $7,000. Juneau Jazz and Classics was awarded $1,500 to help with the expense of the 2003 festival. Juneau Lyric Opera was awarded $850 to offer vocal workshops in Juneau. The Juneau Symphony received $2,075 to support the upcoming, 40th anniversary season.
CrossSound received $1,500 to bring two pianists from Germany to Juneau to perform and work with local musicians and composers. Opera to Go received $500 to assist with the upcoming production of "The Turn of the Screw." The Juneau Student Symphony received $500 for scholarships for deserving music students unable to pay the participation fees.
Funds for the grants are provided by arts council memberships, the "Wearable Art" community fund-raiser and the city of Juneau.