“Arts for All” Partnership Launched to Increase Access to the Arts in Capital Region

Arts For All LogoThe Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF) and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) today announced an exciting new partnership designed to increase access to the arts in the capital region.

The “Arts for All” Partnership will provide program grants to local nonprofit organizations that conduct arts and cultural programming. “Arts for All” Partnership grants will increase access to the arts in the capital region by funding free public performances for families, ticket subsidy programs that fill houses, innovative programs that engage and build young audiences and educational outreach programs. Priority will be given to programs that increase arts engagement and access among diverse audiences, underserved and/or economically disadvantaged communities.

Janice R. Black, President and CEO of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), remarked, “We are excited to launch this new partnership. We always encourage collaboration among the community organizations that we fund. This partnership allows TFEC to lead by example and partner with another community funder to realize organizational efficiencies and increase our community impact.”

The “Arts for All” Partnership is an expansion of the Cultural Enrichment Fund’s “Arts for All” Initiative, which has been making arts program grants to underserved audiences for the past four years. Chad Barger, Executive Director of the Cultural Enrichment Fund, stated, “CEF is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand this program with a trusted community partner like The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. With our combined funding resources and knowledge, we will be better equipped to wisely invest the dollars that the community entrusts to us with accountable and effective local arts programs.”

In addition, the “Arts for All” Partnership will further each organization’s vision of ensuring the existence of a vibrant and diverse arts community in the capital region – an arts community which is accessible to all residents.

The “Arts for All” Partnership is now accepting grant applications for the 2015-16 program year. Applications are due June 19, 2015 and grant awards will be announced by July 31, 2015. Applications must be submitted through TFEC’s online application system; organizations interested in applying should visit www.tfec.org to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines. Questions about grant eligibility may be directed to Jennifer Kuntch, Program Officer for Community Investment at TFEC, at 717.236.5040 or jkuntch@tfec.org.