Call for Arts and Culture Grant Proposals

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between December 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The total budget for grants is $20,500. Recent grants have averaged $2,000 apiece. Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art or an event open to the public are eligible to apply.

Proposals should be no more than 2 pages long and include:

  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants)
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants
  • Contact information (phone and email) for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal

Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Are free and open to the public
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have a cultural tourism or economic impact (e.g., events that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown)

Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board no later than Sept. 30, 2017, with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

The deadline for grant proposals is 5 pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions by November 30.

Submit grant proposals to Lawren Weiss, Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626, or by email to Lawren.Weiss@georgetown.org.

2016-2017 Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide

Guide 2016-2017 CoverThe new edition of the City’s Arts and Culture Guide is now available. The Guide includes a calendar of art, music, theatre, and cultural events in town from September 2016 through August 2017, as well as an arts and culture business directory, a Cultural District map, and other features.

The Guide lists events offered by Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts, The Williamson Museum, the Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Heritage Society, Georgetown Symphony, Georgetown Festival of the Arts, Georgetown Public Library, the Georgetown Palace Theatre, and the Georgetown Independent School District Fine Arts Department.

The custom cover artwork by Leslie Kell features a collage of Georgetown photographs in a digital piece that Ms. Kell constructed in the style of stained glass.

Pick up a free printed copy of the Guide at the Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Public Library, Visitors Center, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, or The Williamson Museum, or click on the cover image at left to visit the digital version of the 2016-2017 Arts & Culture Guide.

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Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved just over $20,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools in November. The grants will help fund local art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects in Georgetown.

The amounts and projects funded in this grant cycle are:

Festival of the Arts for two Festival events (a film presentation and a concert): $2,280
Frost and Williams elementary schools for Learn to Draw assemblies with Mark Kistler: $2,230 and $1,508 respectively
Georgetown Art Works for expenses associated with the exhibit Working Colors – The Work of Henry Isaacs: $2,280
Georgetown Heritage Society for a fundraising event called The Amazing Heritage Quest: $1,520
Georgetown Symphony Society for assistance with its 2015-2016 season: $2,280
Georgetown High School Theatre Dept. for shelving and plays to create a play scripts library: $1,520
Handcrafts Unlimited for advertising/marketing: $1,140
Georgetown Palace Theatre to help fund inclusion shows: $2,280
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for funding a pops concert: $2,280
Williamson Museum for Hispanic Heritage Month expenses: $760

Funds are for events in Georgetown occurring between December 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

For more information about the work of the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, visit arts.georgetown.org/georgetown-arts-culture-board.

Call for Proposals: Downtown Georgetown Mural

Henry Purl "Okra" Compton
Henry Purl “Okra” Compton

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street, Georgetown, Texas. The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors that tells the story of how Henry Purl Compton (nicknamed “Okra”) helped Georgetown to become the Red Poppy Capital of Texas.

Background information on the topic can be downloaded here, along with the Call to Artists:

Call to Artists – Mural 2016  This document contains detailed requirements for all proposals.

From War Zone to Poppy Zone Excerpt  This excerpt from From War Zone to Poppy Zone: The Story of Okra Compton and the Georgetown Red Poppies was edited by Janelle Eastham. It was published in 1993 by the Williamson County Genealogical Society in cooperation with the City of Georgetown.

Son of WWI Soldier Tells How Red Poppies Came to Georgetown  This press release was written by City of Georgetown Public Communication Manager Keith Hutchinson in 2007.

Rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street
Rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street

The deadline for proposals is 5 pm on Friday, January 8, 2016. Artists will be notified about the Board’s selection by Friday, January 22, 2016. All work must be completed by Friday, April 15, 2016.

Submit mural proposals to Lawren Weiss, Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626, or by email to Lawren.Weiss@georgetown.org.

Applicants who have questions about the application process should contact Library Director Eric Lashley at 512-930-3551 or Eric.Lashley@georgetown.org.

Call for Arts and Culture Grant Proposals

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between December 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The total budget for grants is $20,000. Recent grants have averaged $2,000 apiece. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations are eligible to apply.

Proposals should be no more than 2 pages long and include:

  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants)
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants
  • Contact information (phone and email) for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal

 
Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Are free and open to the public
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have a cultural tourism or economic impact (e.g., events that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown)

 
Organizations that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board no later than Oct. 1, 2016, with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

 
The deadline for grant proposals is 5 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions by November 30.

Submit grant proposals to Lawren Weiss, Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626, or by email to Lawren.Weiss@georgetown.org.

Applicants who have questions about the grant process should contact Library Director Eric Lashley at 512-930-3551 or Eric.Lashley@georgetown.org.

Gallery Georgetown Annual Art Tour Oct. 10

Gallery Georgetown

Gallery Georgetown 2015 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5-10 pm. It is a community-wide tour of art galleries, exhibition spaces, and studios now in its fourth year. Gallery Georgetown benefits the Georgetown Art Center: participants can support the art center by purchasing the evening’s original 5×7″ artwork or bidding on silent auction artwork.

Participating Gallery Georgetown venues open from 5-8:30 are:

A Premium Blend
Artisans Connect Gallery
Atelier Thomas Anselment
The BiG Shop
Kathleen McElwaine Art
The Gallery at One Love Tattoos
Rustics
Southwestern University Fine Arts Gallery
Visual Arts Club at Sun City
The Courtyard at Two Rivers Retail
Georgetown Public Library
The Williamson Museum

Each art venue listed above will be open to the public from 5 pm to 8:30 pm to showcase an art exhibition, a performance, or a demonstration. The Gallery Georgetown Shuttle will run between all of the venues. Participants are encouraged to visit as many venues as possible before they close at 8:30.

At 6 pm, the Georgetown Art Center will open, showcasing and selling 5×7″ art pieces priced at $20 and $50, as well as silent auction artwork. After the art tour ends at 8:30 and the other venues close, everyone will gather at the Georgetown Art Center for a reception to announce the winners of the silent auction pieces. Winners will be announced at 9:30 pm.

The last Gallery Georgetown Shuttle run will be at 10 pm when the party concludes.

Arts & Culture Guide 2015-2016 cover imageThursday, Oct. 8, there will be a Preview Party where participants can view the silent auction artwork before the night of the event. One piece that will be included in the silent auction is “Lost in Your Charms” by Leslie Kell, the artist whose work graces the cover of the Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide for 2015-16 (shown at left).

Join with Georgetown residents, visitors, and artists for an engaging evening of art on Oct. 10, and consider coming to the Preview Party Oct. 8, as well. Gallery Georgetown is a great arts tradition in Georgetown and a wonderful way to spend time with friends.

Art Hop Exhibit at Art Center and Library Oct. 2-30

Art Hop Library WallThe Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Public Library are the locations for the 2015 Art Hop exhibit. Now in its eighth year, the Art Hop is a statewide arts competition that celebrates Texas artists. Hundreds of artists from 71 cities across Texas entered works in the competition; 150 works of art from 112 artists were selected to be exhibited in the show.

The competition categories include 2D Abstract, 2D Representational, 3D, Photography, and Printmaking. The 2015 Art Hop Judge Panel includes Fidéncio Duran, Claude Van Lingen, Jason Makepeace, Donna De Cesare, and Lynwood Kreneck.

An artist reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2-5, and is free and open to the public.  The progressive reception will take place at both the Georgetown Art Center and at the Georgetown Public Library in sequence:

Georgetown Public Library 2-3:15 pm
Georgetown Art Center opens 3:15-5 pm, with awards given at 3:45

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will run at both locations through Oct. 30. The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street, and the Georgetown Public Library is at 402 West 8th Street. For more information, visit georgetownartcentertx.org.