The Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund

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Making a Lasting Impact Through the Arts

The goal of the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund is to promote the arts for people with disabilities. The fund is designed to enhance artistic discovery, creativity, and community inclusion.

2018 Winner: Hiromi Johnson

Hiromi represents the spirit of the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Award through her dedicated support of individuals with disabilities and seniors in a variety of settings and through her commitment to positive awareness of artistic expression, improving the lives of others, and fostering inner growth and creative development.
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Making an Impact

  • The fund provides individual scholarships to take classes and workshops related to the arts and to further develop individual art skills and expression.
  • The fund will also allow for an annual recognition award to an individual with a disability, without a disability, and/or to an organization promoting inclusive art opportunities within our community. The goal of the award is to honor those making a difference in the lives of others through artistic expression.
  • The fund will allow for special event projects that encourage promotion of art opportunities.

Other Opportunities

In addition to recognizing artists and organizations supporting the arts, the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund provides scholarship opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area to take classes and workshops related to the arts and to further develop artistic skills and self-expression.The Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund, a Charlottesville-based initiative designed to enhance artistic discovery and creativity, is seeking applications for its annual award celebrating inclusive art opportunities within the local community.

The award recognizes an artist with a disability or an individual/organization promoting art opportunities for those with disabilities within the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

“The Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund was created in May 2013 in honor of Mildred’s retirement from Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department after 33 years as Adaptive Recreation Supervisor,” said Sarah Blech, a committee member for the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund and adaptive recreation manager for the City of Charlottesville. “The goal of the fund is to provide an annual recognition art award in addition to an individual art training scholarship program for individuals who have a disability or who work with individuals with disabilities.”

Advisory Board

Constance Wyant
Mary Miller
Mildred W. Spicer
Paul Spicer
Melissa Oliver