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Arts Grants for North Tarrant County
by Anne Bothwell 31 Mar 2011

Opera to orchestra, jazz to story-telling, art in almost all its forms are represented among these recipients of Arts Council Northeast grants. All the recipients are producing or presenting work in North Tarrant County.


I was too late for the opening performance by Boitumelo/Deja Vu. But I made it to the Arts Council Northeast luncheon at Tarrant County College earlier this week in time for barbecue. And more important, the chance to watch the checks handed out. The council supports artists and arts groups doing work in 16 communities in North Tarrant County, and the lunch Monday was to recognize the most recent round of grant recipients. Grant amounts varied, ranging from a few hundred dollars to $2,700.  A total of $30,000 was distributed.

I got to chat a bit with members of the Jazz Monsters Big Band, Boitumelo and the Northeast Orchestra. Christopher Blay filled me in on the story-collection project he’ll be doing in Haltom City (sounds a little like Story Corps.) And Les Jordan III, head of North Central Ballet, was celebrating the conclusion of a production of Cinderella. I came away impressed with their efforts and with the variety of opportunities to perform, or just enjoy, the arts in these areas.

You can learn more about the Arts Council Northeast, its programs and grant opportunities, at its web site. And check out their flickr stream for photos from the lunch.

Here are the recipients:

The following grants were sponsored by Arts Council Northeast and Texas Commission on the Arts: