Creative Pinellas Announces Recipients of Pinellas Community Foundation ACT II Artist Grant

Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce the recipients of the Pinellas Community Foundation ACT II Artist Grant. Through their partnership with Creative Pinellas, the Pinellas Community Foundation has awarded grants of $2,000 each to four artists aged 60+ who embody the practice of aging in place and, through their creative work, inspire other artists and art lovers and help in the understanding of the aging process.

The 2018 ACT II Grant recipients represent multiple genres: Victoria Jorgensen, Media Arts; Paula Kramer, Choreography; Cora Marshall, Visual Arts – Mixed Media; and Tom Sivak, Music Composition.

“Aging in place” says Leah Slavensky, Director of Community Impact for Pinellas Community Foundation. “is the ability to live out life in the home you choose. This requires local community support. We are honored to support these artists and are very excited about the projects they will be working on during the grant period.”

The focus of the grant funding will be toward the creation of original works of art that explore the concept of aging: emotionally, intellectually and physically. Work created during the grant period will be exhibited and/or performed at the Pinellas Community Foundation Annual Meeting in the winter of 2019.

“We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of this exciting new grant in partnership with the Pinellas Community Foundation” says Barbara St. Clair, executive director of Creative Pinellas. “When the Foundation came to us with this idea we hoped that it would be meaningful to our community and offer an opportunity and recognition to our Pinellas County artists 60+ who are exploring their own Act II.  The response to the grant was even more positive then we imagined – and we are an optimistic bunch.  It really shows a need and the strength and talents of our arts community.”

In addition to funding, Pinellas Community Foundation ACT II Artist Grant recipients are also eligible to receive professional support from Creative Pinellas through its Arts Business Incubator programs and workshops. All ACT II Artist Grant applicants will gain access to free and/or discounted tuition to development programs and seminars hosted by Creative Pinellas and its program partners.

More information is available at www.creativepinellas.org and www.pinellascf.org. For questions, please contact Christopher Hubbard, Creative Pinellas programs manager, at christopher.hubbard@creativepinellas.org or 727-582-2242.

About Pinellas Community Foundation

The Pinellas Community Foundation is a public foundation, and the only charitable organization of its kind dedicated to perpetually enhancing the lives of every Pinellas County resident. With assets nearing $100 million, Pinellas Community Foundation provides resources to help meet current community needs and prepare to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Established in 1969, the Pinellas Community Foundation grants funds to carefully vetted 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the community that include arts education and cultural enrichment programs, affordable housing initiatives, youth and families, women’s issues, people with disabilities, environmental stewardship and college scholarships. The diversity of charities and the causes the foundation supports are a reflection of the deep and broad-ranging charitable visions shared by benevolent donors.

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