Prince George’s County Opens National Arts and Humanities Month by Providing Creatives Access to New Affordable Voucher Program
Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) in partnership with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) and Prince George’s Community College Foundation announce a new funding program. The program will enhance equity and inclusion and offer affordable options for performances at PGCC’s Center for Performing Arts. Costs for high caliber performance and rehearsal facilities are now affordable for creative artists and small arts and cultural organizations. PGAHC’s CEO and Chief Curator, Rhonda Dallas, shared her sentiment about bringing this concept from ideation to fruition.
“PGAHC is thrilled to partner with Prince George’s Community College and the Center for Performing Arts to bring the new voucher program to Prince George’s small performing arts organizations, businesses, and artists,” said Dallas. “We heard from our arts community, and this voucher program will offer access to an affordable high-quality performing arts space, which aligns with our mission of promoting excellence and arts opportunities for citizens of Prince George’s County and beyond.”
As a part of the new program, local creatives who qualify will receive a voucher for up to 50% of the total costs of facility rental. Eligible organizations will receive a maximum award of $3,000. Individual artists, arts organizations, and for-profit businesses whose primary focus is providing arts, cultural experiences and services must have an operating of $300,000 or less to be eligible to apply. Applications open on October 1, 2021 coinciding with the start of National Arts and Humanities Month. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. The application will be available at www.pgahc.org/grants2
“The Center for Performing Arts voucher program is a direct response to feedback we received from smaller arts organizations and independent artists in Prince George’s County. We wanted to address the fact that limited resources can be a barrier to the use of our facility,” said Center for Performing Arts Senior Manager Andre Mazelin. “We hope that this subsidy will help our community partners and look forward to the launch of this initiative!” he added.
A workshop for the voucher program will take place this evening, September 28th at 6:30 pm. To join, and for additional information about this exciting partnership and voucher program, please visit https://www.pgahc.org/grants2
(Source: Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Press Release)