Pensacola children's chorus, Inc. STEP BOLDLY: Building Confidence with a Reliable Performance Stage Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Pensacola Children's Chorus started in 1990 and was operated by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. In 1994, Pensacola Children's Chorus obtained their own nonprofit status. Over the years, interest to participate grew quickly, and one choir has now expanded to 14 choirs, reaching Downtown Pensacola, Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama. The mission of the Pensacola Children's Chorus is to foster the personal and social growth of its members and engage the community through inspirational musical experiences. Their annual scheduled events are supplemented by 25+ community performances at assisted living facilities, churches, and other community spaces. A robust tuition assistance initiative provides access to all programs for singers with significant financial need. Last season, Pensacola Children's Chorus awarded over $60K in financial aid directly benefitting...

The Santa Rosa Band of the lower muscogee, inc. Traditional Council Roundhouse Grant Year: 2023 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History| Amount: $108,364| Grant Status: In progress The Santa Rosa Creek Band is descended from Creek Indians who managed to escape genocide by hiding in the river swamps and forests of Northwest Florida evaded removal from Florida by concealing their Native American identities. The Creek Band ancestors persevered in cultural survival while on the run, preserving what they could but much has been lost and is irretrievable. The Santa Rosa Creek Band is dedicated to reviving, preserving, and teaching its language, heritage, and culture to prevent its loss forever. The Band’s mission is to establish community awareness of the Santa Rosa Creek Band through education, outreach programs, and traditional events promoting the growth of and support for the Creek culture. Santa Rosa Creek Band membership is 2,000 individuals and continues to grow each...

SANTA ROSA COMMUNITY THEATRE, INC. PROVIDE A STATE-OF-THE-ART THEATRE FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY Grant Year: 2022 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture and History | Grant Amount: $103,820 | Grant Status: Complete Santa Rosa Community Theatre (SRCT) is a nonprofit performing arts organization whose mission is to enrich, entertain, and educate residents and visitors in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties by providing opportunities to participate in and experience the joy of live theatre to all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or background. The organization’s passion is to inspire the community to embrace the performing arts and to expand involvement in artistic and cultural activities. The historic Imogene Theatre in Milton was home to this area's first live theatre, the Imogene Little Theatre (ILT). In 2006, the Imogene Little Theatre severed ties with the Santa Rosa Historical Society and the historic Imogene Theatre and formed its own nonprofit organization, Panhandle Community Theatre (PCT). For...

Pensacola Little Theatre, Inc. IT STARTS WITH ART: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF ARTS EDUCATION AT PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATRE Grant Year: 2022 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture and History | Grant Amount: $103,820 | Grant Status: In Progress Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community by providing a diverse theatrical experience through volunteer-driven performances and educational outreach. PLT is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of its historically significant structure, Pensacola Cultural Center, which also houses other cultural and community events. PLT has captured the hearts of children and families in the Pensacola Bay Area since 1936. As the hub of Pensacola's artistic community, PLT takes pride in serving as the longest ‘continually-operating’ community theatre in the southeastern United States. The organization has a commitment to offering quality, inclusive, and enriching content to grow and progress the artistic climate of Pensacola in a way that...

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: Complete 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 achieve...

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...