The New Braunfels Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and Canyon Lake Arts Guild, awarded grants to four local arts nonprofits during the Fall into Art Fashion Show on Thursday, Oct. 26, at McKenna Events Center. As part of the inaugural Community Endowment for the Arts Fund grant program, applicants were required to be nonprofit organizations grounded in the visual, creative or performing arts in New Braunfels and Comal County. Each of the four grant recipients received a $1,000 grant.
Those recipients include:
- Historic Outdoor Art Museum/NB, Inc.
The mission of the Historic Outdoor Art Museum/NB, Inc. is to instill the belief that historic outdoor public art can unite business and art to revitalize and generate economic diversification of the Historic Downtown District. The arts grant will help provide a partial fee for the artist, Alex Brochon, to restore his Lindheimer mural located at 165 South Seguin Avenue.
- Mid-Texas Symphony Society, Inc.
The mission of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society is to advance the tradition of symphonic music through live musical performances and to provide focused educational outreach. These funds will be used to provide two additional free tickets for the parents and family members of the students performing with the orchestra. It is important for children to have their parents, grandparents and siblings in the audience to witness and appreciate their emerging expertise and their evolution as an artist.
- River City Advocacy & Counseling Center
The mission is to bring healing and hope through counseling, peer support and art therapy. These funds will be used to update the art room with new supplies, and help fund other field trips for consumers. River City Advocacy hopes to have professional-led art classes in the future, and these funds would open those possibilities. Doing so will help River City Advocacy expand the art-therapy aspect of their services, and in turn, help more people heal through artistic expression.
- S.T.A.G.E., Inc. (Spotlight Theatre & Arts Group, Etc. Inc.)
Part of the S.T.A.G.E. mission is to make arts education available to persons of all ages and all social, ethnic, religious and economic groups. The funds will be used toward costs for a sound system for the Encore Players Program. This is a senior readers group sponsored by S.T.A.G.E., Inc. It is open to any senior at no cost. The group meets weekly at the Bulverde Senior Center and learns various short plays and skills. For many in the group, it is a way to remain active, learn and network with peers.
The Community Endowment for the Arts Fund was established with NBACF in 2016. The long-term goal for establishing the Community Endowment for the Arts Fund was to create a resource that provides a recurring funding source for the arts. This will lead to a sustainable, culturally rich environment and arts education in the community, leading to overall healthy wellbeing in the community.
Through matching funding from the McKenna Foundation, and the Fall into Art Month activities in October, the fund has continued to grow, allowing for the first grants to be awarded to nonprofit arts organizations in 2017.