Two dozen arts and cultural organizations received cultural tourism grants from Orange County this week. In total, $1,870,171 was given out by the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs office.
The money is geared toward programs and projects that will potentially bring tourists into the county. Many of the local major cultural organizations rely on the funding, especially for big — and expensive — undertakings, such as Orlando Shakes' two-part production of "Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" or Orlando Museum of Art's European painting exhibition.
Here are the recipients, alphabetically:
• Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: $27,120 for the 6th annual Winter Park Paint Out.
• Arts & History Museums — Maitland: $40,000 for "Art31: Thirty-one Days of Experimentation and Collaboration," a new program in March that will focus on community participation and creation of new art.
• Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community: $101,825 for a 25th-year celebration of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival.
• Bach Festival Society: $75,000 for a program titled "Music: The Essence of the Human Experience."
• Bengali Society of Central Florida: $27,154 for the North American Bengali Conference, to take place in Orlando next July.
• Central Florida Ballet: $75,000 for the 2014 World Ballet Competition.
• Crealde School of Art: $40,000 for visiting exhibitions at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and tourism marketing.
• Downtown Arts District: $40,000 for its programming.
• Enzian: $150,000 for the Florida Film Festival.
• Garden Theatre: $75,000 for the Winter Garden theater's 2013-14 season.
• Global Peace Film Festival: $40,000 for the annual movie festival.
• Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida: $14,334 for "Racism and Civil Rights: A 50-Year Retrospective."
• Mad Cow Theatre Company: $50,913 for its 17th-season productions.
• Mennello Museum of American Art (Friends of): $75,000 for "The Art of the American West" exhibition.
• Orlando Ballet: $101,825 for its 2013-14 40th-anniversary season.
• Orlando Community Arts Inc.: $40,000 for its production of "Clara and the Chocolate Nutcracker."
• Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival: $75,000 for its upcoming festival.
• Orlando Museum of Art: $150,000 for upcoming exhibit "Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe."
• Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: $150,000 for the orchestra's "Super Series" of concerts.
• Orlando Repertory Theatre: $150,000 for the summer-fall 2014 season.
• Orlando Science Center: $150,000 for the "Season of Science for All Ages" program.
• Orlando Shakespeare Theater: $150,000 for production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2."
• Winter Garden Heritage Foundation: $32,000 for the 9th annual Winter Garden MusicFest.
• Winter Park Playhouse: $40,000 for the 2013-14 series of musicals and cabarets.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun