Public invited to cast ballots for People’s Choice Award in library sculpture exhibit

[UPDATED Aug. 10, 2021: The awards reception planned for 1 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 15,  in Georgetown Public Library has been canceled by the Texas Society of Sculptors due to the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. Instead, awards will be announced online on the Texas Society of Sculptors website and the library website.]

 
For 13 years, Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors from across the state work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 20, and lasts through Friday, Sept. 17. The show includes a People’s Choice Award decided by library visitors, who cast votes for their favorite three pieces out of the 78 pieces in the show. To cast a vote, pick up a ballot in the library’s lobby and place it in the ballot box no later than 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31. The sculptor of the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and a cash prize.

Prizes determined by this year’s exhibit juror, Graeme Durant, curatorial assistant at Umlauf Sculpture Garden + Museum, include first, second, and third place, as well as three honorable mentions. These will be announced Aug. 15, in addition to the People’s Choice and Librarians’ Choice awards. Prizes are funded by the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating various techniques and processes. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Technical Services Librarian Dana Hendrix at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grants for 2021 Round II

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board approved $12,650 in grants in July to local arts and culture organizations to help with funding local arts and culture programming that includes visual art, music, performance art, and history in Georgetown.

The funding is for events in Georgetown taking place between Oct. 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Grant recipients include:

Project or event name Grant amount
Central Texas Philharmonic, Inc., the Patriotic Pops Concert by The Central Texas Philharmonic $5,000
Congregation Havurah Shalom for the ANNE FRANK – Let Me Be Myself Traveling Exhibit $2,500
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Society the Spring Concert in Georgetown $2,500
Georgetown Texas Photography Festival for the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival 2022 $1,250
Preservation Georgetown for Art at Grace Heritage – Hidden Gems of Georgetown $500
Artists Molly Fonseca & Kayur Patel for the Healing Artists Workshop and Performance – Stories of Our People $500
Gary Anderson dba AndersonArt for Jingle Georgetown $400

The next grant cycle will accept proposals Dec. 1 -31, 2021, for events and programs occurring April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022.

For more information about the Georgetown Arts & Culture grants, visit arts.georgetown.org.

Call for Arts and Culture grant proposals now open

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for events and programs occurring between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, as part of the 2021 round two grant period. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is June 30, 2021.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grants twice each year for visual art, music, theatre, dance, literary, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown, as well as organizational development initiatives including board training, strategic planning, and professional development. All applicants are considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, organizational development, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Organizations that received funding in the 2021 round one grant period are not eligible to apply for 2021 round two.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the grant page at arts.georgetown.org/grants.

Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grants for 2021

The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $11,072 in grants in January to local arts and culture organizations to help with funding local arts and culture programming that includes visual art, music, performance art, and arts education in Georgetown.

The funding is for events in Georgetown taking place between April and September 2021.

Grant recipients include:

Project or event name Grant amount
East View High School Percussion Professional Recording $1,500
Georgetown High School for Georgetown Virtual Jazz Festival $1,500
Texas Back Festival for 2021 Season “Bach 4 More” $2,250
Full Circle Talks: “By & For Creatives” $247
Georgetown Art Works for “The Black Woman’s Epoch” at Georgetown Art Center $2,050
The Georgetown Palace Theatre for Adaptive Theatre for All Summer programs $2,025
Cardboard Cinema Productions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” $1,500

The next grant cycle will accept proposals June 1-30, 2021, for events and programs occurring October 2021 through March 2022

For more information about the Georgetown Arts & Culture grants, visit arts.georgetown.org.

 

Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals for projects, events

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between April and September 2021. The call for grant proposals are due Dec. 31.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Organizations that received grant funding in the previous grant cycle are not eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,000 apiece.

Due to the continued obstacles to holding events because of the pandemic, the grants will also include funding options for organizational development such as strategic planning, board training, and professional development that will help fulfill the mission of the organization.

Proposals should include:

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

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

  • Free admission
  • Outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • A cultural tourism or economic impact

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 with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Grant proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions in January.

To submit a grant proposal and get more information about the grant program and requirements, visit arts.georgetown.org. If you have questions, contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or amanda.still@georgetown.org.

2020-21 Sculpture Tour awards announced

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded John Mark Luke the first prize award in the 2020-21 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the historic downtown Georgetown Cultural District. Luke won for his piece “Interaction of Thought V,” a piece created from laminated wood, clear fiberglass and resin, steel rebar, and a semi-truck brake drum. The sculpture is located on Main Street near its intersection with Eighth Street.

Second prize went to Marla Ripperda for “Uncommon Egret” crafted from two-part epoxy clay over expanded metal lath. This piece is located on Eighth Street near the corner of Main Street.

The other sculptures accepted into the tour include:

“Butterfly” by Mary Angers
“Golden Hugs” by Marianne Caroselli
“Zenith” by Scy Caroselli
“And He Was Sad” (Eeyore) by Bob Coffee
“Ventura” by Humberto DeGarrio
“Paths We Choose” by Anthony St. James
“Great Bird” by Peter Mangan
“Letting Go” by Peter Mangan
“Twist” by Peter Mangan
“Moment of Reflection” by Dan Pogue
“Luminous Beings Are We” by Kirk Seese
“Pluma Sculptura”, aka The Feather by Kirk Seese
“Tree Branches” by Kirk Seese
“Nine” by Scott Shubin
“Sunburst” by Scott Shubin
“The Optimist” by Linda Wilde

The board selected these 18 sculptures from a total of 33 pieces submitted for consideration by 22 artists. All sculptures will remain on exhibit through October 2021.

For more information, including a map of the sculpture tour and images of the sculptures, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour.

Healing Arts for Veterans program supports service members in November

The City of Georgetown arts and culture program teamed up with Resilient Me: Community Based Resiliency Programs, Austin Classical Guitar, country music artist Wynn Williams, Wag Heaven, and artists Jay Rivera and J. Muzacz throughout the month of November to honor veterans through the arts.

The Healing Arts for Veterans program provides arts components to the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s 2020 Field of Honor that included healing and outreach to veterans, military service-members, and first responders through music, visual art, and community engagement in a public art mural.

The program was created by the City’s arts and culture program to help raise awareness of the physical and mental health issues faced by veterans, service members, and first responders.

The Healing Arts for Veterans music program, “Storytelling Through Music,” worked with veterans William Childress, Bobby Withrow, and John Hill to adapt their stories into lyrics. Those lyrics were set to music by musicians from Austin Classical Guitar and country music singer Wynn Williams.

The songs were performed online by musician John Churchill and in a small, private performance Nov. 7 with Wynn Williams at Cimarron Hills Country Club. Videos of the performances are available at facebook.com/artsgeorgetown.

Artists Rivera and Muzacz helped round out the program with the completion of the public art mural at Wag Heaven, 205 W. Sixth St., Ste. 115, in downtown Georgetown. The mural is a service-dog themed design honoring K-9 service heroes, as well as commemorating the Field of Honor, and war dog hero Nemo A534. The mural was installed during the week of Veterans Day, and members of the community helped complete the artwork on Veterans Day. Rivera is also a veteran who served 18 years in the military.

Healing Arts for Veterans Program was supported through grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a sponsorship from Wag Heaven.

To learn more about the program, visit arts.georgetown.org.

Arts and Culture Board seeks mural proposals

The City’s Arts and Culture Board is seeking artist proposals for two murals in Georgetown this fall.

Animal Shelter Mural Project

In October, the Arts and Culture Board reopened the call for art for a mural related to the purpose of the Georgetown Animal Shelter by addressing the rescue and adoption of pets.

Mural designs are due by Nov. 30, and artists will be notified of a final selection in mid-January. The artist chosen will be paid a $4,000 stipend to install the mural, and the cost of materials and equipment needed for installation will be funded by the City. The project must be completed by March 31, 2021.

Georgetown Title mural

Georgetown Title, in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Board, will also be seeking artists to design and install a mural on an exterior wall of their building at 702 Rock St. in downtown. The call for art will be open Nov. 1-Dec. 31.

The mural design should be an interpretation of the history of the site using abstract representation with an emphasis on color and shape instead of realistic representation.

An artist stipend of $4,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. The cost of materials and equipment necessary to install the mural will be covered up to $2,000. Artists will be notified of selection by late January 2021. The mural will be completed by April 30, 2021.

For more information about the projects, including submittal requirements, visit arts.georgetown.org.

Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon: Partnering with Local Schools

The City will host its second Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon on Jan. 22 featuring a presentation by Georgetown ISD Fine Arts Director Carol Watson about partnering with local schools.

Watson’s presentation will focus on partnerships between communities, artists, arts and culture organizations, and local schools that promote educational opportunities and community engagement. Watson’s art education experience includes time in the classroom as well as school administration, and she has worked as an artist and served on community art boards.

The meeting begins at noon in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will be time after the discussion to share and learn about arts and culture programs happening in the Georgetown Community.

This quarterly professional development presentation is sponsored by the Georgetown Arts and Culture program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to arts@georgetown.org.

Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals for projects, events

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between April and September 2020. The call for grant proposals opens Dec. 1.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Organizations that received grant funding in the previous grant cycle are not eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,000 apiece.

Proposals should include:

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

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

  • Free admission
  • Outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • A cultural tourism or economic impact

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 with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Grant proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions in January.

To submit a grant proposal and get more information about the grant program and requirements, visit arts.georgetown.org. If you have questions, contact Amanda Still at (512) 930-8471 or amanda.still@georgetown.org.