Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. announced the third, and final, round of projects to receive funding for its “Think Big” initiative, which helps artists and musicians advance their projects.
Station North, at 1800 North Charles St., received a total of $42,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.
“A lot of projects are done on a small budget of $100 or so. With the funding, we could give them $1,000 or so and get to the next level,” says Station North Project Manager Rebecca Chan.
Chan says the funding was about evenly split among the three rounds. A panel of judges chose the winners, aiming for a mix of performing arts, visual arts and community outreach in each of the rounds. “Think Big” funding started in October 2011 and, as word got out, Station North received an increasing number of proposals from which to choose.
Judging from the first two rounds, “Think Big” also succeeded in bringing more people to Station North and its venues. “We had great audiences at all the events,” says Chan. “There was an increasing level of energy and activities.”
Ben Stone, executive director of the community-based nonprofit, says more than 40 applications were received for the third round. “A lot of the [grant recipients], like theater companies and dance companies, have regular events so people can come back again,” says Stone. “More and more people see Station North as a destination.”
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