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10 groups benefit from Prescott arts, humanities awards

Ten local groups are recipients of grants from the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC), which handed out $14,500 during an awards ceremony on April 30.

The organizations winning the grants were: The Artists Path, Chalk It Up Prescott, Phippen Museum, Blue Grass Festival, PFAA Ghost Talk, Prescott Strings, Prescott Pops Symphony, Smoke Museum, Tsunami on the Square and the Yavapai Symphony Guild.

• The Artists Path will use its $1,646 to further its goal of becoming a regional, national and international leader in the arts. The organization is laying plans for an 11-day event each year, calling for new works in a specific artistic discipline that is paired with a specific theme. The Artists Path's first event, "The Playwright's Response to Conflict and Social Change," will take place in April 2011.

• The Mountain Artists Guild received $1,316 to serve as a fiscal/program sponsor for the second annual "Chalk It Up!" chalk art festival that took place in April in the parking lot of Summit Bank in downtown Prescott.

• PAAHC awarded $1,810 to the Phippen Art Museum to help with expenses of putting on the museum's annual Western Art Show and Sale May 29-31 of this year.

• The Blue Grass Festival received $1,737 for its 29th annual event, which will take place June 26-27 with free concerts on the courthouse plaza.

• PAAHC gave $960 to the Prescott Fine Arts Association for its Ghost Talk that will take place in October. Ghost Talk is a theatrical event featuring stories of Prescott-area ghost-folklore and tales of well known historical figures and events that have shaped Prescott's reputation "as a city filled with paranormal activity," its grant application said.

• Prescott Strings received $1,353 to help pay for its programs through the year. Prescott Strings is an all-volunteer classical chamber orchestra that performs a wide variety of music, including baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, modern and contemporary pieces.

• The Prescott POPS Symphony received $1,083 for its concert, "Merry Christmas and All that Jazz," which will take place Dec. 12. The symphony presents three regular concerts and two special concerts during its performing year.

• Smoki Museum was awarded $1,499 to help with its Southwest Indian Art Festival May 28-29. The festival is a celebration of American Indian arts and cultures, including authentic Indian dancers and musicians and an art market.

• PAAHC awarded Tsunami on the Square $1,554 for its performing arts and culture festival June 17-20 that will feature as many as 20 performing groups on the courthouse plaza.

• The Yavapai Symphony Guild received $1,536 for its Young Musicians Scholarship Competition this coming fall.The competition targets classical music students in grades six through 12 within Yavapai County and awards scholarships in four categories: strings, piano, voice and brass/woodwinds. Scholarships range from $700 for first place in each category to $400 for third-place winners.

PAAHC is a local arts advocacy organization that distributes the grant money that the City of Prescott provides through its transient occupancy tax.

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