When Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget today, he made a lot of Central Florida arts groups happy. More than $5 million will benefit arts and cultural programs in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Volusia counties under the 2014-15 budget.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which will open in November in downtown Orlando, will collect $500,000 toward construction costs.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Museum of Art will each receive $240,000 through the state's cultural endowment program. Both organizations will receive an additional $150,000 in program-support grants.
Other organizations receiving $150,000 for programming include: Enzian Theater, Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Science Center and the Historical Society of Central Florida, which operates the Orange County Regional History Center.
United Arts of Central Florida also received $150,000.
Smaller amounts were awarded to a variety of organizations, including the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park ($82,033); Mad Cow Theatre ($53,987); the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden ($25,000); and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra ($25,000).
The Orlando Fringe Festival was also granted $25,000.
In Lake County, the Melon Patch Players theater organization was awarded $13,000; the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, $20,000; and the Leesburg Art Festival $12,300.
Seminole County saw grants go to the Steinway Society ($25,000) and the Florida Young Artists Orchestra ($14,127), among others. The City of Sanford received $500,000 toward an amphitheater that is planned for Fort Mellon Park. The city will seek other grants for the project, which has a total cost of $1.2 million, said city recreation director Mike Kirby.
In Volusia, recipients included the Atlantic Center for the Arts ($145,886), the Daytona Beach Symphony Society ($61,708), and the Museum of Arts and Sciences ($150,000).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun