Fox Valley Symphony Receives $40,320 in State Grants

August 18, 2009

APPLETON (Aug. 17, 2009) – The Fox Valley Symphony (FVS) received a two-year $20,160 grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to fund both its adult and youth programming for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Seasons.

State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant indicates that the FVS provides the highest level of quality in its programs, community outreach and administration. The FVS will utilize the funds to serve more than 12,000 people in the Fox Valley region through its five subscription concerts, Holiday Pops concert, chamber music concert and three youth and education programs.

“Public support allows the Fox Valley Symphony to provide live symphonic music and music education opportunities in our community and schools,” said State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber. “Investment of public funds in Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generates over $418 million. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture sector provides a 7:1 return on this kind of public investment. As a season ticket holder, I am proud to support the arts in the Fox Valley community.”

“We are pleased to be the recipient of this generous award from the State of Wisconsin, particularly at this time,” said Marta Weldon, executive director of the Fox Valley Symphony. “This grant allows us to continue our mission of serving the communities of the Fox Valley region through numerous concerts and educational events.”

The Wisconsin Arts Board is a state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage in Wisconsin’s communities. The Arts Board’s grants to arts and community organizations help make programs available to broader audiences, keep ticket prices down and allow groups to undertake innovative programming.

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