Funding Futures Award Opportunity Opens for After School Arts Programs Starting Fall 2019

Talented students who aspire to be musicians, actors, dancers or visual artists are often faced with socioeconomic disadvantages that prevent many from pursuing an artistic field.

SPAA’s Funding Futures program is dedicated to helping students nurture their creative interests and develop their expressive talent by providing funding to eligible students and connecting them to local summer arts camps and now after school arts programs.

Since its launch in April 2017, SPAA has awarded over $25,000 to 47 students ages 10 to 17, providing them access to dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, photography, cinematic arts or visual arts, even point shoes for a young ballerina.

The Funding Futures Student Award program is designed to identify and encourage talented disadvantaged emerging artists in Pinellas County seeking St. Petersburg programs. The program is open to all talented artists regardless of ethnic, social or economic background, or ability/disability.

Studies state that art experiences especially help low-income and at-risk youth. Art students on free or reduced lunch were four times more likely to have high academic achievement and three times more likely to have high attendance. They were also more likely than their peers to attend and do well in college, build careers, volunteer in the community and vote.

Funds may be used for

  • Tuition for after school or summer arts programs
  • Musical instruments rental, purchase or repair
  • Equipment or supplies for a special artistic project
  • Individual instruction or master class tuition

For application information, email tracy@stpeteartsalliance.org.