Thursday, July 7, 2016


Darke County Endowment for the Arts recently granted funds to six applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance for their arts-related projects. According to DCEA Chair Marilyn Delk, one of DCEA's major purposes is to assist organizations and individuals in achieving artistic goals that benefit the citizens of Darke County. The grants were awarded to: Friends of the Cardinal Center, Greenville Municipal Concert Band, Darke County Park District, Main Street Greenville, Town and Country Players, and Friends of Bear's Mill.

“This year's grantees were chosen from many worthy applicants, and will provide opportunities for enjoyment of and participation in the arts by a broad range of local residents,” Mrs. Delk stated. This year's awards will financially assist an arts camp, art exhibits, and musical performances. “We look forward to the community embracing and benefitting from these delightful programs,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

The Friends of the Cardinal Center who are working to preserve the historical and educational heritage of Gettysburg School will host two weeks of music and arts education at free arts camps this summer. Endowment funds will help offset the cost of materials, instruction, and facilities. Greenville Municipal Band's popular annual concert series in Greenville City Park has provided free entertainment to generations of local residents. The granted funds will be used to help cover operating costs including musicians' fees so that this summer tradition can continue to fill summer nights with music for Darke Countians of all ages.

Performers who will share songs and tales to enhance Darke County Park District 's Prairie Days Festival include bluegrass, Americana and country group Berachah Valley Band, folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph, bluegrass band Silver Grass, and classic country string band The Thien Snipps plus Darke County Civic Theatre performing their annual melodrama. DCEA funding will help compensate the artists at these free events celebrating the cultural heritage of the area. Main Street Greenville requested and received funds to continue Street Arts Saturdays, a newly-initiated recurring event presenting high quality performing and visual artists on the streets of Greenville during warm weather months.

Town and Country Players produce one or two musicals each year, and during the summer provide entertainment on Versailles' Fountain Square; Endowment funds will support these popular community events. From March through December, Friends of Bear's Mill presents the work of diverse area artists in the Mill's rustic Clark Gallery; money provided by DCEA will support these art exhibits and the events surrounding them.

DCEA is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts that are invested to produce income benefitting the arts in Darke County. For more information, contact a member of DCEA's governing board; in addition to Mrs. Delk trustees are Suzi Brown, Roberta Feltman, Tom Graber, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan. Julie Strait serves as DCEA treasurer.

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