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Members of Ballet Folklorico de Colores perform in Flagstaff.

The Flagstaff Arts Council has announced recipients of the 2015-16 Art & Science Fund grant program. The Board of Directors of the Arts Council met last week to ratify the recommendations of a citizen review panel, providing funds to non-profit organizations in support of art, culture and science programs that serve residents of and visitors to Flagstaff, Arizona. Art & Science Fund grants are funded entirely through a portion of the City of Flagstaff’s Bed, Board and Beverage (BBB) Revenues.

Thirty-three non-profit organizations will receive funding totaling $299,900. General Operating Support (GOS) grants were provided to 24 non-profit arts, culture and/or science organizations that provide direct services to residents of and visitors to Flagstaff, Arizona. Nine grants for Project Support were provided to other non-profit organizations that produce arts, culture and/or science programs that provide a direct public benefit to the community. Funding supports public programs occurring between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

“The Flagstaff Arts Council is proud to support the hard work and efforts of these prestigious organizations,” said John Tannous, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “We are fortunate to have a vibrant and diverse arts sector and a renowned scientific community that makes Flagstaff an attractive place to live and visit, pumping millions of dollars into our local economy each year.”

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A free performance on Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff.

For two months, a citizen review panel carefully read and reviewed applications, heard presentations from applicants, and asked questions of applicants about their proposals. The panel, consisting of Flagstaff resident volunteers, logged over 320 hours in volunteer service during the rigorous review period. Grant recipients include Lowell Observatory, the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Folklorico de Colores.

An economic impact study published in 2012 revealed that the non-profit arts and sciences sector in Flagstaff contributes $73 million annually to the local economy, while directly attracting $22.8 million in tourist spending and generating $3.8 million is city and county tax revenue each year.

In celebration of these awards, the Arts Council will host a public reception on Thursday, August 27, at 5:00pm in the Flagstaff City Hall Council Chambers. Members of City Council will be in attendance.

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Visitors enjoy exhibitions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

For additional information about the Art & Science Fund grant program, please visit the Grants page of the Arts Council website.

Click here to view the full list of 2015-16 Art & Science Fund Grants