Thursday, January 28, 2016
Mercyhurst University faculty and students have plenty to high-five about these days after learning that all five of the grant applications they submitted to Erie Arts & Culture came back winners.
“You always hope that after putting so much work into a project that others will see its merits, too. That all of the five projects we submitted for grants were funded is definitely rewarding,” said Sheila Coon, director of grants and sponsored research, external affairs and government relations.
Erie Arts & Culture Project Grants provide up to $5,000 in financial support to nonprofit organizations in Erie County for a variety of arts and cultural activities, according to its website. Proposals for project grants are accepted once a year and reviewed by a volunteer panel using three criteria: artistic quality, community engagement and impact, and management.
These grants are made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment, Erie County's annual Arts & Culture Campaign and special giving events like Erie Gives Day. Projects that involve musical performance and arts education have an enhanced pool of funds available thanks to donors who want to ensure that these specific activities thrive in Erie County.
The five Mercyhurst grants were funded in the amount of $10,200. They include:
The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture – In support of the 2016 MIAC season, January through May, including productions of The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Stories of Eric Carle on Feb. 13; Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra on March 4; Avi Avital on March 10; Dorrance Dance on March 30; Matuto on April 7; and Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom on April 28. Grant request by Christine Olivier de Molina, MIAC program manager.
Dance – In support of the 2016 dance season student productions of Beyond Words V on March 18-20 and Raw Edges on May 6-8. Grant request by Tauna Hunter, Mercyhurst dance director.
Opera – Supporting the D’Angelo Opera Theater presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute April 15-17. Grant request by Louisa Jonason, D’Angelo Opera Theatre director.
Chemistry & Dance – Supporting National Water Dance: The Ripple Effect, a community awareness program focused on the purity of Lake Erie interpreted through a multitude of arts organizations on the waterfront in downtown Erie on April 16. Grant by Amy Parente, associate professor of chemistry, and Solveig Santillano, associate professor of dance.
History – In support of You Are Here, We Are Here: An Illustrated Walking Tour of Erie’s Historic East Side, a multidisciplinary student experiential project that includes photography; oral history interviews with eastside Erie residents; an illustrated 60-page guide book; interpretive markers; and a public reception. Grant by Chris Magoc, professor of history.
Faculty were assisted by student grant writers during the fall semester as part of Mercyhurst’s commitment to experiential learning. Several Mercyhurst students assisted in the grant process providing research, technical assistance, drafting narratives and project development. For the Opera grant - Emily Kreitzer-Housler provided technical assistance; for the Chemistry & Dance grant – Hayleigh Schmidt drafted the grant narrative and assisted with the budget; and for the History grant - Victoria Kreysar, Ian Hausner, Alexandra Biehls, Megan Letrick, Rebecca Seesan, Taylor Rollins and Allison Stacy have been involved in developing the project since fall 2014.