Cultural Council Announces Spark Grant Program

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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville announces the Spark Grant Program, an initiative to “spark” creative expression in the Spark District, a defined area in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.
Working with community and local government partners, the Cultural Council will program the Spark District through the Spark Grant Program, creating the placement of performance and visual art in Jacksonville’s urban core. Designated by City Council resolution, the Spark District spans from the riverfront north to Duval Street, and is bordered east to west from Liberty to Hogan streets.

The Spark Grant Initiative is a competitive granting process that is the result of years of planning, careful investment, dedicated and energetic fundraising,” said Diane Brunet-Garcia, Cultural Council Board of Directors Chair. “It reflects a real affection for what Northeast Florida’s artists and cultural service providers do for us every day.”
Individual artists and 501(c)3 cultural organizations in Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties are eligible to apply to the Spark Grant Program. Up to seven grants for arts and cultural projects of any discipline planned for the Spark District will be awarded from a pool of $60,000 in Year One.
Examples of street level projects can include: temporary or permanent art installations; functional artwork, such as bike racks, benches and bus shelters; dance, music or poetry performances; and historical/architectural tours.
Funded projects will be executed from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.
Deadline for applications, which must be submitted online, is May 30, 2013. Please visit culturalcouncil.org for more information or to apply.
About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the City of Jacksonville’s annual appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community.

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