St. Charles City Council Approves Funding for Cultural Arts Organizations – Shaw Local
Ten local non-profit organizations will be able to continue offering programs to promote arts and cultural events in the city, thanks to funding from the St. Charles City Council.
At its June 20 meeting, city council voted to award $90,000 to 10 nonprofits. They are Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Fox Valley Concert Band, Preservation Partners, St. Charles Art Council, Steel Beam Theatre, Norris Cultural Arts Center, Sculpture in the Park, St. Charles Singers , Kane Repertory Theater and Marquee Youth Stage.
Each group receives between $8,000 and $10,000. The $90,000 comes from a portion of city hotel and motel tax revenue. The Visitors’ Cultural Commission reviews funding requests and makes recommendations for the distribution of funds collected from the hotel/motel tax.
The members of the commission heard on May 4 the presentations of the organizations that applied for funding. The commission met on May 11 to discuss funding requests and decide on funding allocations.
When reviewing applications, commission members considered a number of factors, including the economic impact of the organization and how it enhances the culture of the community as well as the reputation of the city. . The benefit it provides to residents is also taken into account.
“We have a variety of arts that meet the needs of, I think, our community and the people within our community,” Cultural Visitors Commission chair Anne Becker told the aldermen.
She talked about the St. Charles Singers’ Mozart Journey multi-season project. The St. Charles Singers launched their extensive Mozart Journey initiative with the Metropolis Orchestra in January 2010 as part of a long-term, multi-year celebration of the choir’s 25th anniversary concert season.
“The Mozart Journey has brought over 4,000 people to the town of St. Charles to hear this particular journey they’ve been on,” Becker said. “They did polls during this particular time and 60% of people who attended went to dinner before or after or had a cocktail or something. They brought income to our city.
The project, which features the rarely heard religious choral works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is expected to be completed by the end of August.
“Once completed, we hope the legacy of this genre will be commemorated in a complete recording,” founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt told the aldermen. “We will be the first American choir to have done this, so we are very proud to have done it.”