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AHA awards grants to three local groups

By Staff | Feb 26, 2010

AHA President Paul Pritchard (center) presents grant checks to Lori Rea, executive director of the Gateway New Economic Council, and Steve Brewer, artistic director of the Old Opera House Theater Company.

The Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County has awarded $3,550 in grants to three Jefferson County community groups for projects that make a positive impact on the community.

AHA awarded a $2,000 grant to the Goose Run Arts Collaborative to stage the 10th Annual Goose Route Dance Festival July 15-25 in Shepherdstown. The festival will include professional performances by artists from across the county, master classes for teens and adults, free classes for children, free family shows, free lectures, a public high school dance teacher institute, and a summer dance institute for pre-professional dance training for promising high school and college dance students.

AHA awarded a $1,100 grant to the Gateway New Economic Council to co-sponsor an arts and humanities festival in Shepherdstown the first weekend in August in conjunction with the Contemporary American Theater Festival. The arts and humanities festival would showcase local talent and topics in gallery shows, music performances, lectures, readings and storytelling.

AHA awarded a $450 grant to the Old Opera House Theater Company in Charles Town for two portable and collapsible ballet barres for use by the instructors and students of the Old Opera House Dance Studio. The dance studio currently has 120 students ages 3 to 18. The portable barres will increase student safety and instructor flexibility within the 13 ballet classes offered at the studio.

AHA Community Grant recipients must be residents of or operate from facilities within Jefferson County. Projects must demonstrate positive community impact through the arts and humanities. Grant criteria and other details can be found at www.ahajc.org/CommunityGrant.htm.

The mission of AHA, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is to preserve the rich history and culture of Jefferson County and to encourage creative opportunity for all its citizens.