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2014 ArtSeed Grant Recipients
2017 ArtSeed Grant Recipients
BONK!
Monthly multi-media performances including poetry, spoken word, music, video, dance and comedy.    Grant Award: $1,500
http://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/tag/bonk-racine/
Choral Arts Society
"Verdi at Terezin 1944"  A multi-media performance of Verdi’s Requiem created in collaboration with local artists, performers and Czech artists. The immersive experience will explore events surrounding performances of the masterwork in 1944 by Conductor Raphael Schachter in the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin in the former Czechoslovakia.
Grant Award: $1,500    http://www.choralartsonline.org/
Family Power Music
Grassroots Wednesday's Open Mic & Artist Showcase is a bi-weekly event that encourages individuals of all ages and all genres to demonstrate their unique forms of expression to the community.    Grant Award: $1,500
http://familypowermusic.com/
Jeff Levonian
"Walk A Book 2015"  A collaborative multi-media book project, exhibit and community outreach program featuring visual interpretations by several area artists of local artist Jeff Levonian’s Children’s Book “Sun, Sand, Soccer, and Lake Monster?”    Grant Award: $500
The purpose of the RAC ArtSeed grant program is to encourage and enhance the arts in the Racine area and to foster excitement, support and growth in the arts in our community.

 The RAC funds projects or programs that meet the following objectives:
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  • To encourage new, innovative and/or experimental programs or projects based in the arts
  • To assist small arts groups as well as individuals interested in the arts with such programs or projects
ArtSeed Goals:
2013 ArtSeed Grant Recipients
BONK!
Monthly multi-media performances including poetry, spoken word, music, video, dance and comedy.    Grant Award: $1,500
http://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/tag/bonk-racine/
Choral Arts Society
"Winterscape – A Pastiche of Music for the Winter Months" featuring composer and performer Malcolm Daglish, a virtuoso performer on the hammer dulcimer.    Grant Award: $1,500
http://www.choralartsonline.org/
Family Power Music
Grassroots Wednesday's Open Mic & Artist Showcase is a bi-weekly event that encourages individuals of all ages and all genres to demonstrate their unique forms of expression to the community.    Grant Award: $1,500
http://familypowermusic.com/
Racine Urban Garden Network
RUGN offers garden plots to members of the local community.  RUGN is partnering with local artists to create educational murals at two of the RUGN garden locations: 1120 Center Street and 2437 Jacato Drive.
Grant Award: $1,000
http://www.rugn.org/
Wustum Museum
Plein Air Art Event.  A free art event to be held in the  gardens at RAM’s Wustum Museum featuring local and regional artists creating a true plein air painting, done on location to capture the atmosphere of the moment.
Grant Award: $1,000
http://www.ramart.org/
The Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
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Justin Wheeler
"Our Beautiful Home: A Video Series on Racine's Artist Galleries"  Production of a video series featuring three Racine non-profit art galleries, creating awareness amongst the Racine community and area visitors about the art they can enjoy in our city.    Grant Award: $1,500
Samira Gdisis
"The Artist of the Book"  A series of book arts conversations and workshops with regional book artists. The conversations will speak to the hand-bound book as an art form, introducing the methods and inspiration behind the artist’s work, followed by a workshop related to the book artist’s techniques.    Grant Award: $1,500    http://www.blackeyedpress.com/
Over Our Head Players
"OOHPie's Fables"  A children’s production featuring OOHP adaptations of several Aesop’s Fables including live musical accompaniment by Racine Symphony Orchestra musicians and educational discussions during scene changes between the audience, the actors and the musicians.
Grant Award: $1,500     http://www.overourheadplayers.org/
Smoke'd on the Water
"Origins of Hip-Hop 3"  A free community event that highlights the hidden artistic culture of breakdancing, DJing, graffiti art, and emceeing that was commonplace in the late 70's and early 80's of American history.  Taking place August 16, 2014.  Grant Award: $1,500
Starbuck Middle School
"Get Opera!"  Provide our inner-city, public school Choir students (6th-8th Grade) at Starbuck Middle School an Artist-In-Residence encounter with a Music Professional.    Grant Award: $300
BONK!
Local performance art series, showcasing artists at various locations around Racine one Saturday every month. Performances may include: music, literature recitation, video, food art, dance, comedy, and more. Grant Award: $1,500
http://bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com/tag/bonk-racine/
Choral Arts Society
Presenting a journey through jazz performance with jazz greats Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen. This concert will explore the jazz repertoire accompanied by educational facts and stories.
Grant Award: $1,500    http://www.choralartsonline.org/
Family Power Music
Grassroots Wednesday’s Open Mic and Artist Showcase is held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Individuals of all ages and genres are encouraged to share their talents with the community.
Grant Award: $1,500    http://familypowermusic.com/
Samira Gdisis
Advancing the "Artist of the Book" project, a series of book arts conversation and workshops that focus on the art of hand-bound books. These events will be facilitated by local, regional, and national book artists throughout the year.   
Grant Award: $1,500    http://www.blackeyedpress.com/
Over Our Head Players
Performing "OOHPIE vs. The Big Bad Wolf", this special production features original adaptations of classic children’s fairy tales combined with live musical performances.    Grant Award: $1,000
http://www.overourheadplayers.org/
Origins of Hip-Hop 4
A free event for the Racine community highlighting the culture of breakdancing, graffiti, DJing, and emceeing.    Grant Award: $1,500
Racine Art Museum
Hosting four guest Artist-in-Residence days at the Wustum Museum. The public is invited for a day-long event to work in the studios with practicing visual artists.    Grant Award: $1,500    http://www.ramart.org/
Nicholas Barootian
Belle Ensemble joins singer Mariam Kocharian and violinist Nina Frunjian in an evening featuring the music of Armenia and its neighbors, honoring the martyrs of the Turkish genocide against the Armenian people in 1915 and celebrating the
endurance of Armenia, its culture and its people.    Grant Award: $1,500
River Bend Nature Center
Hosting a week-long summer camp called “the Arts of Nature”. Youth ages 4-13 will enjoy interactive experiences in dance, theatre, music, poetry, and the visual arts, focusing on the relationship between art and nature.   
Grant Award: $1,000    http://riverbendnaturecenterracine.org/
Thomas Rutkowski and Natalie Chulew
A mosaic installation at Zoo Beach created with community members. To complement the mythological theme of Zoo Beach’s existing mosaic, the additional 3-panel mosaic will feature a depiction of the Demeter and Persephone myth.    Grant Award: $1,500
Nicholas Barootian
The Belle Ensemble will be producing two choral productions: O Death featuring German music of the pre-World War II era, and Station Keeping presenting Baroque master Heinrich Schütz’s Sieben Worte (Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross) paired with a setting of the Stabat Mater by the living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.   https://www.facebook.com/BelleEnsemble   Grant Award: $1,500
Gallery on 16th
The Gallery on 16th is a new collaborative partnership between the 57 artists who utilize space for their creative practice within the 16th Street Studios at the Racine Business Center.  ArtSeed funding will assist with the hire of a gallery coordinator to work with the steering committee and the student interns during the start-up process.
http://16thststudio.tumblr.com/  Grant Award: $1,500
Origins of Hip-Hop 5
A free event for the Racine community on Saturday August 20th, Origins of Hip
Hop 5 highlights the artistic culture of breakdancing, graffiti, DJing, and emceeing.  
https://www.facebook.com/events/1722583611290236/  Grant Award: $1,500
Build A Bow For A Cause
Build A Bow is a 9 year old entrepreneur’s homage to his recently deceased grandfather. The ArtSeed grant will help to fund a monthly event at assisted living facilities and community service centers, allowing participants to create a free bow tie or hair bow to send to children with cancer, veterans, and/or active military.  https://www.facebook.com/BuildABowtie/home   Grant Award: $750
First Presbyterian Church
The ART to Table project is a community collaboration among First Presbyterian Church, the West Park neighborhood residents, the City of Racine Parks Department, and local artists to design and paint six wooden, metal-frame picnic tables for the community to use in West Park.  http://firstpresracine.org/
Grant Award: $1,000
Racine Art Museum
Will host four Guest Artist-in-Residence days. Each day or evening event will feature a new artist, invited to work in the studios at Wustum or RAM, sharing their vision and processes with the public.   http://www.ramart.org/   Grant Award: $1,500
2015 ArtSeed Grant Recipients
409 Sixth Street, Racine, WI  53403
(262) 635-0261
Nicholas Barootian 
Grant Award $1,500
Website

The grant will fund a joint venture concert with Parkside Range, the collegiate a cappella group started last year at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. The concert, A Cappella: A Brief History of Unaccompanied Song, will consist of songs that feature the human voice without any instrumental or recorded accompaniment. Intended as the most fun kind of history lesson, the concert will include music from over four centuries of stylistic developments, beginning with the late Renaissance in Europe and ending with the modern collegiate a cappella movement sparked in recent years in the U.S. 


BONK!
Grant Award $1,500
Website

Bonk! occurs at various locations around Racine one Saturday each month. Three 20-30 minute performances occur at each event; usually two literary performances (readings or recitations from poets, spoken word artists or other kinds of writers) and another performance - usually music, but occasionally video, food art, dance, or comedy. Each BONK! features a carefully curated selection of artists representing not only diversity of artistic expression but also diversity of geography, age, race, ethnicity and gender.



Choral Arts Society
Grant Award $1,500
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Choral Arts Society will join with the Studio of Classical Dance Arts in Racine to create a production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana featuring adult chorus and soloists, young dancers, and children’s chorus. The Studio and CAS will devise their own staging, costuming, sets/scenery, lighting, and sound in consultation with expert technicians and staff at UW-Parkside. 



Elkid M. Alvarez
Grant Award $750

Elkid  will be producing a project called “Write Around The Corner”, a collection of works written by the citizens of Racine county. Works will vary in genre and length and writers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience will be invited to submit.



Gallery on 16th
Grant Award $1,500
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Gallery on 16th is a collaborative partnership between the more than 60 artists who utilize space for their creative practice within the 16th Street Studios at the Racine Business Center (RBC). They will be using their funds to continue to draw attention to the gallery, its artists and the Racine arts community. 


Jason Love
Grant Award $1,500

Jason's project will include the creation of three mini-documentaries of families from around Racine who have children with autism. Each documentary will share one family's story to inspire others, build awareness of autism in the community, and ultimately build acceptance both locally in Racine and globally. Each video will be five to ten minutes in length. 


Karel Suchy with Voices and Verses
Grant Award $500
Website

Eros and Errors is an inter-disciplinary performance mini-series based on the theme of love in its many stages and varieties. The multi-media event will incorporate poetry (spoken and sung), vocal and instrumental music (composed and improvised), and visual art. Special guests will add their own loving touches to the performance. Donations are encouraged.


Over Our Head Players
Grant Award $1,500
Website

OOHP will be writing and producing an original show during the 2017-2018 season called ‘ Kringle’ ..The Musical”– Racine’ s first sketch comedy musical about pastry. The script will feature local humor and will be a parody. It will follow the story of the family who invented and brought Kringle to Racine. It will not be historically accurate and will not “call out” any specific bakeries in Racine but will definitely feature OOHP’s very own fun, and sometimes wacky, comedy style. 


Racine Creative Center
Grant Award $1,500
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RCC will use their funds to hire an MATC animation student to guide High School aged kids into the career path of the Digital Arts. He will teach them what they need to know, what to do and what to expect when becoming animator. He will also introduce the students to VR and AR technologies.


Racine Zoo
Grant Award $700
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Racine Zoo will host Animals and Artisans, an event that brings together local artisans to showcase and establish their work, encourage creativity in children, and inspire all participants within the unique setting of a nationally accredited zoo. Local artists will showcase their work while children will be able to create their own works of art based on any of more than 70 species housed at the zoo. Even the animals will be getting in on the fun, creating their own art to show guests that anyone can be an artist! 


Racine Art Museum
Grant Award $1,500​
Website

RAM will host the Full Steam Ahead large scale printmaking in 2018 at RAM’s Wustum Museum, in conjunction with Open House Racine County. Racine and Kenosha area printmakers will be invited to design large woodblock and linoleum prints, to be printed with a drum roller as the make-shift printing press on the event day. 

2016 ArtSeed Grant Recipients