Pensacola Children's Chorus Pump Up the Volume: Building Confidence with Reliable Sound Equipment Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The Pensacola Children's Chorus began in 1990 when Susan and Allen Pote were appointed as leaders of the children's chorus of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Interest to participate grew quickly, and over the past 30 years, what was once just one choir has expanded to ten choirs. Presently, Pensacola Children’s Chorus typically serves nearly 300 singers annually in grades 1-12. In recent years, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus has produced many notable alumni and performed for sitting presidents and in illustrious concert halls across the United States and around the world. For over 30 years, the Pensacola Children's Chorus (PCC) has used the performing arts to equip young people with the tools and skills they need to realize their potential and...

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Shining Light on Buried History Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of the organization is “Preserving the Past to Enlighten Our Future.” In 2006, Dianne Levi, a local historian, gathered a small group of Naval Air Station Historical Society members and formed the Pensacola Lighthouse Association (PLA). By the end of 2010 the lighthouse and gift shop were open full time. With support coming in from admissions, sales, and donations, the PLA set a plan for restoration, and restoration of the lighthouse tower began in 2012 with an IMPACT 100 grant. PLA successfully completed four additional project phases. The multiple projects include stabilizing the historic filigree staircase and other interior repairs, recasting and replacing 110 of the tower’s stairs, repairing the iron work at the top of the tower and reinstalling a central...

Pensacola Little Theatre, Inc. A Stage for all Stages: Restoring the Little Theatre's Big Rigging Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed IMPACT 100 funds will be used to replace the entire theatre rigging system used for every performance and community event on the stage. The grant dollars will cover the site preparation, permitting, construction, materials, and labor. Rigging systems are the backstage backbone used to quickly, quietly, and safely hang and transport curtains, lights, scenery, set pieces, stage effects, and even people. Every piece of scenery, every moving light, every curtain or screen is all operated by the rigging or "fly" system. Safety is at the forefront of PLT’s mission. With over 1,000 volunteers dedicating nearly 80,000 volunteer service hours each year, PLT’s priority is to remain up-to-code in all aspects of their home-away-from-home. The existing system was built over 20 years...

Pensacola Opera, Inc IMPACT Opera: In Perfect Harmony - $106,000 Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Pensacola Opera is to enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs, and other opera-related community events for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Founded in 1983 by a group of community volunteers (some of whom remain active Trustees), Pensacola Opera is the only opera company in Northwest Florida and one of only five professional opera companies in Florida affiliated with OPERA America. Pensacola Opera’s mainstage productions feature acclaimed artists who regularly appear throughout our nation and the world. In 2003, the company established the Artists in Residence program to continue its commitment to the identification, training, and nurturing of promising young singers. More than 200 singers audition each year for the five coveted residencies. Annually...

EHS Band Boosters Association, Inc. EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The proposed project is to advance the band curriculum at Escambia High School with upgraded instruments and equipment. EHS Band Boosters and the band directors know there are many students who do not have access to a variety of musical instruments, equipment, and concert attire due to their economic status. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to purchase a variety of band instruments, associated equipment, an enclosed cargo trailer for instrument transport, and dresses and tuxedoes for performances. These resources will support instrumental ensemble music education opportunities at Escambia High School, including Jazz Band, Marching Band and Concert Band. Additionally, non-ensemble music education classes including Guitar, Piano, Music Technology, and Sound Engineering will be supported. These are specifically designed and targeted for general...

First City Art Center Creating Space for Educating and Inspiring Youth Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of First City Art Center (FCAC) is to engage the imagination, inspire creative exploration, and cultivate economic and cultural growth in Pensacola and the Gulf Coast region through its hands-on community art center. FCAC is actively involved in bringing art, culture, and entertainment to the local community through a broad range of workshops, classes, art exhibits, community events, outreach, and field trip programs. FCAC cultivates a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment with art. FCAC’s programming and projects primarily serve the local community ages 5 to 95 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Current programs include but are not limited to ceramics, glassblowing, flame-working and glass bead making, stained glass, drawing, painting,...

Pensacola high school band boosters association, inc. Music is for Everyone Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The Pensacola High School (PHS) Band Boosters Association (the Boosters) was founded in 1978 with a mission to provide financial and volunteer support to the Bands of Pensacola High School. Membership is comprised of parents of current band students at PHS. The Boosters support PHS, Pensacola's oldest and only inner-city high school. Since 1980, PHS has been the high school center for the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and hosted students from nearly every continent. Additionally the International Baccalaureate (IB) program has graduated over 2,000 students since the program began in 1986. Over the last five years, the Boosters have become much more active, increasing membership and financial support to the band program at PHS. Current programs of the Boosters include a new...

West Florida Historic Preservation, INC. dba UWF Historic Trust History and Storytelling Circle Grant Year: 2017 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $107,700 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of UWF Historic Trust is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Northwest Florida. Created by Florida Statute in 1967 as the Historic Pensacola Preservation and Restoration Commission, then as the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board (HPPB) under the Florida Department of State in 1972, the HPPB was transferred to the University of West Florida in 2001, becoming West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. (WFHPI), a direct support organization of the University of West Florida. In 2013, WFHPI was renamed the UWF Historic Trust (UWFHT). The Trust manages and operates the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Historic Pensacola Village, the Pensacola Historical Society, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, and the Arcadia Archaeology Mill Site. Major projects of UWFHT include “Voices” of...

St. John's Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, INC. The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John ’ s Historic Cemetery Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed St. John’s Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was formed by the St. John’s Cemetery Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(13) not-for-profit cemetery organization responsible for maintaining and providing perpetual care for a 140 year old, 26 acre, Pensacola burial site, known as the St. John’s Cemetery (the Cemetery). The Cemetery organization has long had an interest in making the Cemetery wider-known, and available to anyone with an interest in Pensacola’s culture and history. The Foundation seeks to introduce Pensacola to the “OUTDOOR MUSEUM” that is St. John’s Cemetery, which, having been established in 1876, reflects 140 years of Pensacola’s history and culture presented in its grave markers and funerary assets. The Foundation is newly formed for the...

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, INC. Native American Cultural Center Grant Year: 2016 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $108,200 | Grant Status: Completed The Indian Removal Act of 1830 made it illegal to be an Indian east of the Mississippi River. The federal government sought to remove all Indians via the infamous “Trail of Tears.” Those who were not removed were systematically hunted down, and thus were forced to stifle their language, heritage and culture. The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc. (the Tribe) are the descendants of those Creek Indians, purposed with reviving, preserving and teaching the language, heritage, and culture of the Creek People. The mission of the 1,156 Tribe members is to bring knowledge of the culture of Native American Indians to children, the community, and the world, via traditional events, educational programs, and the establishment of a Native American Cultural Center. In...