Normal Cuts Funding for Harmon Arts Grants by 50%
The arts are feeling the squeeze of a tighter budget in Normal with reduced funding for the Town’s Harmon Arts Grant program this year.
The Town allocated $25,000 toward the program to help support the arts in Normal, just half of last year’s funding levels.
A review committee including former Mayor Paul Harmon, Mayor Chris Koos, City Manager Pam Reece and Interim Assistant City Manager Teri Legner chose 18 programs for full or partial funding this year.
The money will be doled out following official approval by the Normal Town Council Monday evening.
This year’s grant recipients and awards are:
Brass Band of Central Illinois, $1,100
Community Players Theatre, $600
Crossroads Area Student Theatre (CAST), $600
Further Jazz, $1,200
Heartland Theatre, $1,500
Illinois Symphony Orchestra, $2,000
Illinois Voices Theatre, $750
Illinois State University ‐ Midwest Institute of Opera, $1,850
Illinois State University ‐ Shakespeare Festival, $2,000
Illinois State University – University Galleries, $1,750
Illinois Wesleyan University – Illinois Chamber Music Festival, $1,200
McLean County Arts Center, $1,500
Normal Community West High School Bands, $1,000
Prairie Fire Theatre, $2,000
Sound of Illinois, $1,000
Twin Cities Ballet, $1,500
USA Ballet, $1,500
YWCA Express Yourself, $1,950
The Town also saw reduced grants requests, receiving 28 applications for projects totaling $74,297, down from last year’s 30 requests totaling $90,067.
The Town created the program in 1993 in honor of former Mayor Paul Harmon’s dedication to the arts.