Creative Pinellas Announces ArtsCatalyst Grants 

An Opportunity for Arts & Cultural Experiences at Local Summer Camps

Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce the launch of its Arts Catalyst Grant, created to make it possible for more young people in Pinellas County (ages 5 – 18) to have great arts and cultural experiences at area summer camps this year.  Eligible campers, who include students who attend Title I schools; receive a reduced or free lunch; live in designated neighborhoods or meet other requirements, can apply directly to Creative Pinellas for a grant to attend one session of an arts-related camp program this summer.  Camp attendance can be at Pinellas County arts centers and museums, community centers, city parks and rec programs and more.  Creative Pinellas anticipates being able to provide approximately 200 to 300 grants to eligible campers.

“With this grant we were really looking for a way to get more funds for the arts out into the community in the most broad and high-impact way possible and to really make a difference in young people’s lives” said Barbara St. Clair, executive director of Creative Pinellas.  “Even though we actually pay the camp providers by letting campers apply to us directly, and letting them chose the camp they want to go to – whether it is because it’s in their neighborhood, or because it’s a program that really speaks to them – we can serve more people, we can support more organizations, and we can make camp and the arts more accessible to all, which is one of our key areas of focus as an organization.”

In order to make sure that the word about the grants gets out to as many people as possible, Creative Pinellas has scheduled community meetings throughout the County including:

Tuesday, March 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Largo Central Park Performing Arts Center
105 Central Park Drive, Largo

Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum
100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs

Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Childs Park Recreation & Fitness Center
4301 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg

Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Lealman Exchange
5175 45th Street North, St. Petersburg

Attendance at one of the meetings is encouraged but not required in order to apply for the grant.

Creative Pinellas has also made it ultra-easy to apply for the grants.  There is an online application on their website and links to a sampling of organizations that offer arts-related camp programs.  Paper applications are also available to download.  The webpage provides detailed information about eligibility and how to complete the process.

“This is a very exciting and innovative project for us,” said Lauren Davenport, Creative Pinellas Board president. “It’s a representation of our commitment to serving our community and a reflection of how much we have grown in our ability to deliver high-quality programs. We made a decision as an organization to invest in the infrastructure necessary to automate and manage our grant process, which gave us the capacity to coordinate a program like this that has a lot of moving parts. It is a new program, so there is always a learning curve, but we are excited about how much of an impact we expect it to make in our community in the coming years.”

For more information about the ArtsCatalyst grant including eligibility requirements, complete guidelines and an application, go to creativepinellas.org/artscatalyst or email summercamps@creativepinellas.org with any questions you may have.

Visit creativepinellas.org for information about all programs and activities, and to read about or listen to more on arts and artists in Pinellas County.

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