COLUMBIA — A record-breaking 27 groups sought funds totaling $228,402 from the city's Office of Cultural Affairs this year, but the commission that doles out the money expects the city budget for fiscal 2017 will provide just $103,000.
Kevin Shults, chairman of the Commission on Cultural Affairs, said in a letter to the Columbia City Council that the commission will decide in October which groups get money and how much they will receive. He said arts programs improve residents’ quality of life, increase tourism, enhance education and contribute to economic development.
An estimated 181,000 people will benefit from city-funded arts programs this year alone, the letter said.
Potential funding recipients include Resident Arts and The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Resident Arts — which supports local artists — asked for $10,000 to fund its core programs, including after-school teen artist residency and free career coaching. Resident Arts founder Madeleine LeMieux said she expects to get about 35 percent of that request.
Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri is also seeking $10,000 for its 2016-17 concert series. President Kimberly Dent said the money is important.
“We wouldn’t be able to put on a season without it,” Dent said.
Here's a list of the groups that sought money and the programs it would fund:
Boone County Historical Society
Project name: History, Art and Education Exhibits
Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri
Project name: 2016-2017 Concert Season
Columbia Art League
Project name: Art in the Park and At-Risk Youth Art Mentoring Program
Columbia Chapter of the MO Writer’s Guild
Project name: Show Me Writers' Masterclass
Columbia Civic Orchestra
Project name: 2016-2017 Series of Five Concerts
Columbia Community Band
Project name: Performance Series 2016-2017
Columbia Entertainment Company Theatre
Project name: 2016-2017 (38th Season)
Columbia Handbell Ensemble
Project name: Concert Season
Egbe Omo Oduduwa of Mid-Missouri
Project name: Annual Oduduwa Day Anniversary Celebration
Project name: 2016/2017 Season
Project name: Jabberwocky 2017 Education and Outreach Program
Maplewood Barn Association
Project name: Annual Season
Project name: Technique Sharing Woodcarving Series
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers
Project name: Spring Breakdown 2017
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Project name: 2016-17 Dance Performance and Education Project
Missouri Symphony Society
Project name: 2017 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival and 2016-2017 Missouri Symphony Conservatory
North Village Arts District
Project name: 2017 First Fridays
Odyssey Chamber Music Series Inc.
Project name: Season 13
PACE – Performing Arts in Children’s Education
Project name: 13th Annual Education Series
Ragtag Film Society
Project name: True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema Community Service Screenings
Project name: FY17 Core Programs
School of Service, Inc. (dba Access Arts)
Project name: “We Are” Project
Talking Horse Productions
Project name: 2016-2017 Season
The Columbia Book Festival Inc.: Unbound Book Festival
Project name: Unbound Book Festival 2017
The Missouri Review
Project name: Access to the Literary Arts
Project name: 2017 Season and Outreach
“We Always Swing,” Jazz Series
Project name: Season No. 22