Named “Spring for the Arts!” this one-time grant has been authorized by the foundation’s board of directors in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary. Coastal Bend Community Foundation, a $43 million public charity supporting a seven-county area in South Texas, was established in 1981, with the mission of enhancing and improving the quality of life in the Coastal Bend.
The grants are being made to visual and performing arts organization in Bee, Kleberg and Nueces counties. The foundation sent requests for proposal to 19 arts nonprofits in early January. The request stated that these grants were to be used to provide free and low cost arts programming to the people of the Coastal Bend now through early spring 2012, and coinciding with the foundation’s 30th anniversary.
Beginning in April, these events will include a July 4th Family Day Celebration at the Art Museum of South Texas featuring a Norman Rockwell exhibit, a New Year’s Eve Holiday Spectacular concert as part of the Cathedral Concert Series, and ending early next spring with a firework-studded Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra concert at Whataburger Field. Interspersed among these larger events is a Grammy-nominated cellist performance with Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society, exceptional events and concert seasons in Beeville and Kingsville, and family educational programs and exhibits at the Art Center of Corpus Christi and at K-Space Contemporary.
The recipients of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation’s “Spring for the Arts!” grants are:
Art Center of Corpus Christi - $5,000;
Art Museum of South Texas - $33,000;
Beeville Community Chorus - $4,900;
Beeville Concert Association - $3,000;
Cathedral Concert Series - $12,000;
Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society - $10,000;
Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra - $36,000;
K-Space Contemporary - $10,000;
Kingsville Symphony Orchestra - $14,000;
South Texas Public Broadcasting - $22,100.