2012 Community Grant Recipients
American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF)
Received funding for the Saturday afternoon of film programming during the festival. The festival is a four-day festival in early November, 2012, that features conservation concerns to inform viewers about environmental issues. The festival of movies includes talks about the movies is at five different venues throughout the Shepherdstown area. The films are made by both professional and student filmmakers and include many award winning movies free of charge at the National Conservation Training Center.
American Public University System (APUS) University Archives
Received support to host the Eastern Panhandle Documentary Heritage Preservation Workshop on October 12-13, 2012. The workshop will focus on the preservation, exhibition and management of physical and digital heritage collections. The workshop will provide a training opportunity for area individuals and institutions as well as a networking forum to create partnerships and collaborations to benefit heritage industry development in the Panhandle and surround area. Collaborators on the project include the Jefferson County Historical Society and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
The Common Ground International Book Festival
Received funds for their fourth festival to fund promotion costs and awards for student essays associated with the festival. The festival showcases literary and cultural work which expands our understanding of our global community. Collaborators on the project are the Ames United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown, Shepherd University and the Shepherdstown Middle School.
The Over the Mountain Studio Tour (OMST)
Received funds to help with promotion and facility rental for its 23rd year of marketing the quality crafts to the public in seven states for two weekends - July 6, 7, 8 and November 10, 11. The tour is a cooperative effort among twenty five Jefferson County artisans. Co-founder, Anne Bowers says, “We combine our efforts, customer base, talents and finances to bring a quality tour to the public.” The facility rental allows a central location for smaller studio artists to collectively display their art to the public. The OMST has become well known throughout the eastern seaboard as a tour of the studios of artists in Jefferson County. It is a model for other studio tours. Crafts include basketry, pottery, cabinetry and chair making, stained glass, folk art, tile-topped metal furniture, hand sewn bears, traditional blacksmithing, needle arts and lace, printmaking, wood working and oil paintings.
Received funding to purchase reproduction tools, artifacts and their own written booklets for teaching hands-on the local history of colonial times to three hundred 8th grade students in three local public schools. The organization is associated with the historic Peter Burr House in the Kearneysville area. Organizers are coordinated with the school system and meet the CSOs of WVDE for eighth grade students. The project will occur during the fall of the 2012-13 school year and is an expansion of the 4th grade field trips to the 1751 Peter Burr House for hands-on demonstrations of 18th Century life. A team of volunteers will arrive in classrooms and engage students with period games of children, making butter, and making clothes with spinning wheels and looms. Also involved are presentations of period clothes, medicine, money, tools and artifacts for students to study. This year the program involves more students than in the past, improved quality and quantity of the interactive presentations to the students and increased volunteers helping with the event. Collaborators are the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and the JCBE.
The Shepherdstown Street Fest
Received funds from AHA! for their June 30 street festival in Shepherdstown. The non-profit organization sponsors an all-day street festival in Shepherdstown with sixty food and artisan vendors selling their goods in the streets plus continuous live music from two stages. Only local musicians are featured from one stage. Profits from the festival go to the Jefferson County Free Clinic and the Shepherdstown250 birthday celebration. Six thousand visitors are expected.
Shepherdstown Day Care
Received funding to provide a series of live musical performances, featuring local artists, for children aged two to five years old, during the upcoming school year, 2012-13. The musician for the project is Scott Schmied, a keyboardist with a local band The Speak Easy Boys.
Received payment for teaching two classes at Ranson Elementary School during their summer Energy Express Program for disadvantaged children. The two classes are for younger and older children and focus on building self-esteem and confidence for these children.