JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A symphony performance is supposed to stimulate the senses, but the most recent stimulus was in the form of dollars for the symphony.
They have been awarded a $50,000 grant for direct support through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The Jacksonville Symphony went through a very competitive national grant review before being awarded the money. They say they are very proud to bring federal stimulus dollars into the City of Jacksonville.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received more than 2,400 applications from organizations throughout the country.
"The Jacksonville Symphony is being recognized nationwide for its quality and clearly deserves to be supported," said Stacy Ridenour, executive director. "Having our orchestra on this standing should encourage even stronger local support. Other local organizations receiving grants are the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Cathedral Arts Project."
This one-time award will help the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to restructure staff positions for its educational programs and youth orchestra, which have become vacant in the past several months.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to reinstate these positions that are vital to our educational mission and to serving the Jacksonville community," said Ridenour.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of grants awarded to different organizations.
The grants were awarded to nonprofit arts organizations to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.
First Coast News