RAAC’s 2015 Claudia Mitchell Fund grants

1000 Faces Mask Theater was among the recipients of RAAC's 2015 Claudia Mitchell Fund grants.
1000 Faces Mask Theater was among the recipients of RAAC’s 2015 Claudia Mitchell Fund grants. | Rappahannock News

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) announced 18 grants this week to Rappahannock artists and organizations.

In keeping with the vision of its Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund, the grants reward and encourage county organizations who are working to foster the arts in Rappahannock and local artists of all ages. This year’s grants include a diversity of educational and performance projects, a variety of media, emerging and established artists, professional and institutional development, arts programs within community-based organizations and collaborative projects.

“It was a very competitive process this year, with many excellent proposals!” reports RAAC’s board president, Matthew Black, who also serves on the Mitchell Fund committee. “We received nearly twice as many applications and were asked for more than twice as much funding as last year.”

Of the many worthy applications that were received, the following are recipients of this year’s Mitchell Fund grants totaling $33,240, and each grant ranging from $500 to $3,600:

  • 1000 Faces Mask Theater for production assistance with their public performance in October at Stone Hill
  • Rappahannock 4H for a summer filmmaking workshop and school-year film club
  • Castleton Festival for summer programs with Rappahannock students
  • Child Care Learning Center (CCLC) for children’s music, writing and theater programs
  • Headwaters for grades 2-7 mosaic project at RCES, plus field trips to DC
  • Hearthstone School for a community art gallery for student and adult work
  • Joystream Camp/Lisa Leftwich for scholarships to summer guitar camp and training at Augusta Heritage Center
  • Mountainside Dance Center for dance scholarships for young students
  • RCHS Band Boosters for student scholarships for instrumental and vocal lessons, plus assistance to band director in studio/master classes
  • Paul Reisler/Kid Pan Alley for script editing and production assistance in developing a Kid Pan Alley musical, “Bouncin’ ”
  • Kerrie Mullany and Darien Reece for a mural project for RappCats by county students
  • Sheila Lamb for assistance at summer writer’s residency at VCCA
  • Virginia Pates for a kiln to work with local clays and minerals
  • Wendi Sirat for a series of Community Drum Circles at the RAAC Theater
  • Clive Pates for creating new work focused on Rappahannock County and the Piedmont
  • Forrest Marquisee for song-writing lessons with Paul Reisler
  • KC Bosch for producing art books combining his photography and poetry
  • Michael Pollack for professional production of a CD of the music of Kiaya Abernathy

Since 2012, RAAC’s Mitchell Fund has awarded almost $70,000 to the community. “The board and its Mitchell Arts Fund committee are thrilled at the diversity and quality of art-making in the county and are pleased to encourage even more,” said Black.

The Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund is RAAC’s primary channel for offering financial support to the arts in Rappahannock. It was established with a bequest from the estate of Claudia Mitchell, RAAC’s president for many years and a dedicated supporter of the arts and community. The fund continues to grow through ongoing donations, fundraising events and income generated by RAAC programs, principally the annual Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour.  To learn more or to make a direct contribution to the fund, visit raac.org and click on Mitchell Arts Fund.

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