The board of directors for Create Ardmore approved a grant guidelines policy during a Tuesday meeting to specify who can apply for future grants from them, what the application will   include and what the process will be.
“Create Ardmore grants help individual and local artists create art for public presentation, develop their professional practices and lead community projects,” the first sentence in the policy states.
Applicants who are individual artists, artist collectives or organizations can apply, but there are some exclusions such as clowns, magicians,
balloon sculptors and more. The application will look at what kind of project it is, what kind of budget they’re looking at, the timeline, location and other topics of interest.
Create Ardmore recently applied for a grant themselves to help get more arts projects running consistently in the community. It could also provide funds for a part-time employee to help with promotion of events.
“It’s been received and it’s in the system,” Chairman Carl Clark said.
The board will not know whether they’ve received the grant until June 1, but in the meantime, they plan to keep moving forward with events they’ve been discussing.
Clark updated the board on several April events that occurred, including Goddard Street Arts, Earth Day and Kid’s Day in the Park on April 16 and the Create Ardmore Art Walk on April 30.
“Everyone is pleased, as far as I have heard, with these events,” Clark said of the April 16 events.
While the Art Walk didn’t have as strong of a showing as he’d hoped, he said there were several neighborhood kids who stopped by and ended up telling friends and schoolmates about the event. The kids ended up hanging out for most of the day, he said.
“They were very respectful kids,” Clark said. “We were very pleased with their participation.”
Some performing artists also got involved, putting on two sets for the small crowd. Several painters also had their work on display, as well as a potter, or sculptor, whom the kids watched work throughout the day.
“My hope is we will continue this on a monthly basis,” Clark said, adding they will continue to try to schedule the Art Walk in conjunction with Red Dirt Brewhouse’s live entertainment and food truck events occurring throughout the summer.
Board member Maria Wilkinson also talked to the board about the ‘paint pARTy’ April 24 that will tie into Ardmore’s birthday celebration this summer. Several eight-inch by eight-inch canvases were painted that day and many others have picked up canvases to paint and submit into the Anonymous 8 x 8 this summer.
“We have only 14 canvases left out of 75,” Wilkinson said. “Only 14 left. I’m just thrilled.”
Wilkinson said the process has been fun, noting that even an Ardmore city commissioner submitted a painting. All of the paintings will be on sale for $25 at the birthday celebration event this summer. Once the painting has been purchased, the artist will be revealed.
Those interested in painting a canvas and submitting it can contact Wilkinson at her business, Maria’s Garden.
The board also discussed an upper windows project for the second story windows on Main Street.
Alison Smalley, who attended the board meeting, said she was looking at some historic photos of Ardmore at the library and thought if they were able to get file sizes big enough and photos that would work in the vertical, second-story windows, those would look great.
However, as most of the photos are horizontal, and the scanned images did not have large enough file sizes, some creative thinking may have to go into it.
Board member Annette Udvardi, who is a professional photographer, said she may be able to help and will look into possible solutions.
Clark also said someone who is renting office space in one of the second story areas talked about putting an image in the windows that would make it look like someone is peeking through the blinds.