In June 2010, The Metroplitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) awarded $503,837 to 61 organizations/projects in the second round of its 2009/2010 Arts Activity Support grant program. This round's funded projects include summer festivals, music series, site-specific performances, a poetry slam, art residencies, a book festival, visual art exhibitions, plays, puppetry, dance programs, cultural heritage events, and the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center's very own SPEAK Project!
The SPEAK Project builds connections between urban youth and their communities through the media of digital photography, spoken word, and, of course, metal sculpture. We are very excited about this year's project as we've got some wonderful talent lined up, and this year is the first year that the SPEAK metal arts classes will be taking place in our own building!
Thank you MRAC, and stay tuned for more details!