More than $75,000 will be given to local arts organizations this year through the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Applications for the funds are available beginning at noon today at 13 N. Eighth St.
Last year, 16 local arts groups received money from the city to fund classes, workshops and performances. The largest award, $12,801, went to Theater Reaching Young People in Schools. Other organizations that received awards last year include the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Missouri Review.
The Office of Cultural Affairs’ budget will supply the funds, while the Cultural Affairs Commission will decide who gets the money.
City arts funding is allocated through a competitive process. Applicants must be non-profit arts organizations.
The application process has been simplified to a single application with several different components, said Marie Hunter, manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs. Before this year, multiple applications were required depending on the project.
Representatives from the city and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will be available to talk about the application process from noon to 6 p.m. today in the community room at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 300 S. Providence Road.
For those unable to attend today’s session, staff at the Office of Cultural Affairs will be available to answer questions.
Funding is typically awarded in November, Hunter said.