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DESOTO - If you have enjoyed a performance presented by the African American Repertory Theater in the Corner Theatre, or one of the Juried Visual Arts Shows sponsored by the DeSoto Art League on display in the City Hall Lobby, you have enjoyed programs funded by DeSoto’s Cultural Arts Grants Program. These are just a few of the arts opportunities made available to DeSoto residents by this program. We are currently accepting applications for projects scheduled for the 2012 fiscal year which is Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.

The Cultural Arts Grant Program is coordinated by the DeSoto Arts Commission. Each summer, they put out the call for projects seeking funding. 

To be eligible, you must be an active nonprofit arts organization who can demonstrate sound artistic direction and financial management. 

Community involvement is also strongly considered. Funded activities must take place within the city limits of DeSoto. Examples of previously funded projects include professional and community theater, art shows, gospel concerts, dance performances and jazz concerts. Applications are accepted from June 15 through Aug. 15 each year. 

Qualifying nonprofit arts organizations can request funding for their projects as well as an in-kind grant for use of the Corner Theatre. 

The DeSoto Arts Commission will hold a Grant Workshop on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road.  

This workshop is intended to provide grant applicants with information the DeSoto Arts Commission feels is important and to answer any questions applicants may have about completing the forms. 

We are asking those who plan to attend the workshop to please confirm your attendance by calling 972-230-9648.  

Application forms are available at www.desotoartscommission.com or by calling the DeSoto Arts Commission liaison at 972-230-9648. 

Deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 15.

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