Virus-free arts news: More ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ CFCArts honored, United Arts hands out grantsOrlando Sentinel — Matthew J. Palm Orlando Sentinel
March 26--As we wait out the coronavirus pandemic, let’s take a look at some positive news in the cultural sector -- including a big award for Central Florida Community Arts.
This month, Orlando Buddy Dyer presented the nonprofit with his 2020 Community Builder of the Year Award, which honors individuals and organizations that strengthen the bonds among Central Floridians.
“It is important to honor and recognize the individuals and organizations that give tirelessly their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” said Dyer at the 15th annual Neighborhood & Community Summit. “I am proud of what we are all doing to make our neighborhoods and our community a better place to live, work, learn and play.”
CFCArts, as the organization is known, began in 2010 as a choir for anyone who loved to sing; no auditions needed. It has since grown to include adult and youth orchestras, a community theater and an extensive education program of private lessons and group classes.
All ages are served by its outreach programs, including youths who otherwise wouldn’t experience the arts; senior citizens; and those with medical conditions making arts participation more challenging in traditional settings.
The mayor’s award is particularly significant because it is not designed solely for arts groups. Last year’s winner, for example, was the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, which offers preschool education for children regardless of their family’s income.
“CFCArts is so very honored and grateful for this recognition by our great city of Orlando and Mayor Dyer,” said founder and executive director Joshua Vickery. “We exist to serve and build community through the arts, and we live out that work and mission by making the arts affordable and accessible to all.”
United Arts grants
Ten organizations received mini-grants from United Arts of Central Florida this month, with four of them targeted specifically to programs that promote cultural diversity. Recipients included:
Capoeira for Tomorrow: $2,500 for capoeira classes for at-risk and low-income youth
Celebration Theatre Company: $2,500 for a production of “The Wild Party,” scheduled for May 28-31
DulceArt Works: $2,500 for The Theatre Institute of DulceArt, which offers educational opportunities to students in underserved areas
Howey Mansion Music Series: $2,500 for Mansion Music, a series of educational concerts in Howey-in-the-Hills
Swamp Sistas La La Foundation: $2,500 for its annual season of music
Winter Park Playhouse: $2,500 for its musical “The Andrews Brothers”
The diversity-grant recipients were:
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: $5,000 for “Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida: Evolving Identities,” an exhibit scheduled for May 5-Aug. 23
Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art: $5,000 for “Construct: Our Orlando,” an exhibit highlighting Orlando’s diverse emerging artists planned for May 29-Sept. 13
Opera Orlando: $5,000 for “The Very Last Green Thing,” a production that will be performed for Parramore schoolchildren
Timucua Arts Foundation: $5,000 for “Celebrating Asian Artistry at Timucua,” a series of five jazz and classical concerts by Asian and Asian-American artists
Fans of offbeat TV comedy “Schitt’s Creek” are certainly a devoted bunch.
Father and son Eugene and Daniel Levy, who created and star in the show about the eccentric Rose family’s travails in a backwater town, plan on bringing their farewell tour to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on May 23.
Tickets for the announced 7 p.m. show went faster than Moira Rose can change her wig -- so to accommodate demand, a second performance has been added at 10 p.m. that night. Scattered tickets still remain at drphillipscenter.org, so grab them while you can.
And let’s hope the coronavirus doesn’t derail the tour. I can already picture Alexis Rose cringing with an, “Ew, David!”
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