Four Local Arts Organizations to Receive Funding from Willmar Area Community Foundation

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Four local arts organizations will receive funding to enhance and maintain programming via the Willmar Area Community Foundation Arts Fund grant round. A total of $5,600 was awarded to programs ranging from supporting local artists to experiential musical experiences for youth. Sara Carlson, executive director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, “Having creative and artistic opportunities for everyone in our community fosters a stronger and more vibrant home for all. It reminds us that we’re all creative beings – and that whether we’re making art or music, telling stories or sharing in the experience, we’re all connected.”
 
The amounts awarded and program descriptions are as followed:
 
$2,800 to the Willmar Arts Council to support Studio Hop, the annual self-guided studio tour in early summer, and Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!, the fine arts festival in the fall;
 
$1,500 to the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra for purchasing new music selections and enhancing instrumentation and expertise;
 
$800 to the West Central Concert Series for a musical experiential learning experience for Willmar High School students;
 
and $500 to the Prairie Winds Concert Band to showcase opening local musical acts during the Prairie Winds Summer Band concerts at Robbins Island.
 
The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Willmar area.  Since 1998, WACF has grown to over $18 million in assets and awarded $7.7 million in grants to local nonprofits.  The WACF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving which is a collaborative of many community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors.  Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 800 funds totaling more than $140 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/Willmar.