2019 ArtSeed Recipients
Jason Love - 
Grant Award - $1500
Love will be hosting animation & filmmaking workshops, presentating a two-day animation film festival and collaborating with film directors.
Belle Ensemble
Grant Award - $1325
Belle Ensemble will be presenting three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitor" at The DeKoven Center, January 9-10, 2020
Choral Arts Society 
Grant Award - $1000
Maestro Jim Schatzman, will lead the CAS in a concert, "Words of Wonder, Wit & Wisdom", incorporating local poets, living composers and classical literature.
Vital Art Project
Grant Award - $1000
Mimi Peterson is leading the "Optics Project" in Urban Uptown utilizing art and art spaces to influence the neighborhood as a legitimate center of creative culture.
Sweatshop Movement - Jam Fest
Grant Award - $1000
Erika Bozinovski will bring Sweatshop Jam Fest to downtown Racine's Party on the Pavement.  This Festival-within-the-Festival will feature break-dancing, hip hop and all styles of dance.
Dave Westman - River Bend Carving Club
Grant Award - $1000 
Dave will lead "Carving for Kids", a program focused on begining carving, hoping to inspire kids to put down their cell phones and video games and learn an artform they can participate for a lifetime.
Our Musical Life
Grant Award - $1000
Choir Director Keith Griffin, will reheare and lead a boys choir composed of 3rd -7th grade singers who will perform at the Midieval Times Theatre in Chicago before a show.  They will also record and publish their music to YouTube and other social media.
Christine Ingaldson 
Grant Award - $800
"Modular on the Rescue" is a creative program using a "Pop-up" style of performance from a refurbished ambulance, outfitted with a synthesizer and video production, taking their act to abandoned and remote areas.
Krazine's
Grant Award - $500 
Krazine's is an ensemble of artists and authors who host monthly art-making meetups for the general public at art galleries, studios, coffee shops and private residences. A full-color publication titled "Moss Piglet" will be printed.
2018 ArtSeed Recipients
 


Rene Amado Photography
Grant Award: $1,500
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Rene Amado is a Racine photographer. His public art project, Racine  Stories,  will capture the personal stories and portraits of the Racinians. Portraits  will be installed  on  the  exterior  walls  of  local businesses  as  a  public  art  installation.  Racine Stories is part of the international  Inside Out Project, a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.

 

 

Jason Love

Grant Award: $1,000
Website

 

Through his Autism A La Mode YouTube channel and Facebook page, Jason Love

shares his documentaries  of  families  from  around  Racine  who  have  children  with  autism.  Each  film  helps build  awareness  of  autism  in  the  community,  and  ultimately builds acceptance  both  locally  and  globally.  Love will  work with  students  from  J.I.  Case  High  School  Media  Class  and  the  after-school  program  video  production  club  (Eagle  Video,  Editing,  &  Recording)  throughout  the  production  process.  
 

 

Beat Council

Grant Award: $1,000

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Founded in 1997, Beat Council is a unique production studio offering a full package of high quality production, recording, design, merchandise and a staff of songwriters. Beat Council will create videos that focus on casting Racine and its surrounding communities in a positive light. Videos will highlight the wealth of artistic talent that often goes unnoticed or under reported.

Family Power Music

Grant Award: $1,500
Website


Origins of Hip-Hop 7 will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4pm-10pm at Smoke'd on the Water (3 Fifth St. Racine, WI 53403). The goal is to highlight the culture of Hip-Hop including the four primary elements of break dancing, graffiti, DJing, and emceeing. Origins of Hip-Hop 7 will bring a diverse audience of all ages and a variety of ethnic groups together to share in this atmosphere of creativity.

Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin

Grant Award: $1,500

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The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to telling the Christmas story. The Choral Arts Society has been presenting this popular holiday program since 1991. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Lessons and Carols and Choral Arts Society  plans to celebrate this landmark occasion by introducing a few creative touches to launch this program in to its second century. The combination of new and traditional music presented by amateur and professional musicians in some of Racine's most beautiful and architecturally interesting venues will offer a visually and spiritually rich experience to the audience, and to the performers.

 

Gallery on 16th

Grant Award: $1,500

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Gallery on 16th is a collaborative partnership between the more than 65 artists who utilize space for their creative practice within the 16th Street Studios at the Racine Business Center.

Serving as an art incubator, 16th Street Studios, provides space for artists to collaborate, network and learn from each other. Funds will be used to continue to draw attention to the gallery, its artists and the Racine arts community. 

Vital Art Project

Grant Award: $1,500

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Vital Art Poject will present XOXO EARTH where audience and artist interact in dialogue to bring tangentially related concepts together. The exhibit’s thirteen regional artists share a passion for inventive use of materials and innovative methods. Much of the three-dimensional eco-art incorporates salvaged materials as experiment. Using found object troupe, the artists intend to create a room size installation to narrate human feelings of detachment and social indifference.

Racine Symphony Orchestra

Grant Award: $1,500

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Racine,  Live!,  as  hosted  by  the  Racine  Symphony  Orchestra  (RSO)  with  talented  Racine  residents  as  featured  guest  artists,  will deliver  a  refreshing,  entertaining  and  diverse  evening  of  music  at  RSO's August  Summer  Pops  Concert.  Each  performer,  selected  by  audition,  will  have  their  moment  in  the  literal  and  figurative  spotlight  as  they  perform  their  heart  out.  RSO  musicians  will  provide  the  appropriate  accompaniment  for  each  guest  artist.  

Bonk! Performance Series

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.

Sweatshop Movement

Grant Award: $1,000
Website

SNOW  Motion  is  an  annual  Winter  Dance  Showcase,  and  a  county-wide  celebration  of  the  joy  of  movement.  The  line-up  is  made  up  of  dances  from  Racine  SWEAT  Competitive  Dance  Teams,  as  well  as  students  in  various  After  School  programs  offered through  Racine  Unified  School  District  and  United  Way.  This  showcase  gives  young  dancers  the  opportunity  to  share  the  stage  with professional  artists,  inspiring  their  own  work  while  also  encouraging  them  to  continue  pursuing  their  interest  in  dance  and  the  arts.  The  show  also  aims  to  encourage  Racine  to  get  moving as both  dance  and  regular  movement positively impacts our lives. 

 
 
 
 
 
2017 ArtSeed Recipients

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

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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

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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​

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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. 

Love will be hosting animation & filmmaking workshops, hosting a two-day animation film festival and collaborating with film festival directors.

2016 ArtSeed Recipients

 

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 Recipients

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

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/

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

 

 

2014 ArtSeed 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

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/

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/

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


2013 ArtSeed 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/

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

 

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