CINCINNATI - Summerfair Cincinnati is giving more money than ever to local arts organizations through the Small Arts Organizations Awards.
"We've been around since 1968. We started in Mount Adams and we have the fair," said Sharon Stubbe, executive director. "The proceeds go back into our yearly programs. They go back to support arts in the Greater Cincinnati region."
According to its website, Summerfair had its beginnings when a group of arts lovers decided to hold a festival to salute the opening of the new Playhouse in the Park.
More money, more programs
This year, mid-sized arts organizations were supported to the tune of $25,000, three times the amount of money awarded last year.
Summerfair gave the money to 12 organizations, including Covedale's Cincinnati Landmark Productions, which will use the funds for a youth theater camp this summer.
"Our organization was founded in 1982 as Cincinnati Young People's Theater (CYPT) and is a summer teen theater workshop camp experience," said Rodger Pille, Covedale manager of communications and development.
In the past, only teenagers were able to participate in CYPT camps, even though younger kids showed interest. The grant Cincinnati Landmark Production's received from Cincinnati Summerfair now makes the camp for younger kids, CYPT Prep, possible.
"We have professional acting teachers who sort of teach them the basics of theater, monologue deliver, audition songs. So when they go through the program they can graduate and head to CYPT," Pille said.
Setting the stage
Newport's Falcon Theatre also received a grant.
"We're a small theater. We are a little 85-seat theater and we have been in existence for about 23 years," said co-founder Ted Weil.
The Falcon Theater usually produces five shows each year, ranging from Shakespeare to area premieres.
"We bring in other events when we aren't actively producing," Weil said. "So really, really fun things."
Falcon Theatre will use the money from Summerfair to upgrade its audience environment.
"We're rebuilding the seating areas, replacing the audience chairs," Weil said, adding the funds will also be used to upgrade lighting and spruce up walls.
Other groups receiving Summerfair Cincinnati grants:
Would you like to get involved in the local arts scene? Summerfair Cincinnati is seeking volunteers. Find more information here: http://www.summerfair.org/get-involved