Two local arts organizations receive federal money

Less than three weeks before the start of a new season the Cache Valley Center of the Arts has learned it will receive $10,000 in federal stimulus grants to maintain a marketing director. The Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the Utah Arts Council announced the funding last week. Besides the CVCA, the Alliance for the Varied Arts is also among the 14organizations statewide to receive federal stimulus funding. The AVA will receive $15,000 to keep a marketing coordinator. The awards come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.CVCA Executive Director Wally Bloss says he is extremely grateful for the money because although the CVCA ended the fiscal year in the black on June 30th, it was not by very much.”What we’ve done for next year, for the year that we’re really starting now,” Bloss says, ” is we’re presenting 11 different shows, 11 different touring artists that are coming. We often do 12 so we’re really down one compared to normal. But again, we want to balance the budget and not have a big deficit.”Bloss says being able to keep a marketing director on the payroll will help a great deal in promoting the new season’s offerings. The season opens with the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” on September 24th and 25th.

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