WENATCHEE — The shutdown this summer of the Woods House Conservatory of Music left more than $36,000 to distribute to Wenatchee Valley music and arts efforts.
The nonprofit performance and teaching space at 323 First St. closed in midsummer, and used its operating funds to found the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund, administered through the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
Sixteen music, culture and arts programs serving Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee applied for the new grants. Eleven projects received grants, chosen by a Community Foundation committee:
Art on the Avenues: $2,000 for Beauty of Bronze, a program that introduces fifth-graders to community art.
Community Foundation of NCW and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony: $5,000 to support a 25th anniversary outdoor concert.
Eastmont School District: $1,600 for five elementary music teachers to attend the 2012 Washington Educators National Conference.
Icicle Creek Music Center, Leavenworth: $3,000 for students assistance to participate in the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony.
Leavenworth Summer Theater: $1,720 for a drum set and cymbal pack.
Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee: $5,000 for educational outreach and presentations in Wenatchee Valley schools.
Rock Island Elementary: $3,000 for student music curricula.
Upper Valley Connection: $3,000 for theater arts camp for children and adults with disabilities.
Wenatchee Jazz Workshop: $5,000 for 12th annual workshop.
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center: $3,000 for “Family ArtVentures: Puppets Around the World” exhibit.
Wenatchee Valley Symphony: $4,500 for Young Artist Competition and Youth Education Concert.
The fund expects to finance similar programs annually. The next grant application deadline is Aug. 31, 2012.
Jefferson Robbins: 664-7123