Woo hoo! Jim returned from a European trip visiting medical museums to discover that he has been awarded a 2008 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
From the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts press release of January 31st:
“Pennsylvania takes pride in the artistic excellence represented in these fellowship grants to individual artists,” said council Executive Director Philip Horn. “As creators and entrepreneurs, these artists help Pennsylvania’s creative economy flourish, which in turn enriches the commonwealth’s economy and our quality of life.”
Individual Creative Artists Fellowships are awarded annually in selected categories. The 2008 awards were available in dance - choreography; folk and traditional arts – performing traditions; literature – poetry; media arts – documentary and narrative; music – classical composition; theatre – scriptworks (for playwrights and screenwriters); and visual arts – painting or drawing/artist’s books/printmaking or new technologies/other genres.
The goal of the PCA’s individual creative artists division is to encourage and enable outstanding Pennsylvania artists of all backgrounds to perform their work and display it to the public. The council annually awards fellowships of $5,000 and $10,000.
Recipients are recommended after a rigorous evaluation process where qualified arts professionals review applicants’ work samples and support materials. The review process is anonymous, with the exception of the folk and traditional arts applications.
This year, the council will collaborate with the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Pittsburgh Filmmakers to provide administrative services for the PCA’s fellowship program.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency that works to develop and promote the continued excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, as well as to broaden the availability and appreciation of arts throughout the state.
For more information, visit www.pacouncilonthearts.org, or call 717-787-6883.