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.

2019 Winner: Norm Carter

Congratulation
"Norm has been a photographer for more years than he says he can count,” writes Constance Wyant in her nomination. “He is an excellent photographer with a HUGE and generous heart, totally giving of his time and talent! His photographs bring joy and recognition and greater visibility to the people, and the mission of the organization and helps local nonprofits have high-quality photos to include on posters, presentations, PowerPoints and in memory books. He has photographed events for Access Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle, Bridgeline, Hospice of the Piedmont, Special Olympics and Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Adaptive Program."

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.

Call for Nominations

Eligibility: Anyone who has made a difference in their life and/or others through art can be nominated for the award.
Nomination Period: September 3 – October 9, 2019

1) Completing the Mildred W. Spicer Nomination Application
2) Submitting the Art Nomination Application
Attn: Sarah Blech, Recreation Supervisor
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Department
PO Box 911, Charlottesville, VA 22902
blechs@charlottesville.org

Award Celebration: Thursday, November 7, 10 -11:30 am | CitySpace, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Art Scholarship Application

Any resident of the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties—with or without a disability—interested in promoting inclusive art opportunities for all people (or interested in improving their own art skills) may apply for a scholarship through the fund. Requests for scholarships may be made by:
1) Completing the Mildred W. Spicer Art Scholarship Application
2) Submitting the Art Scholarship Application
Attn: Sarah Blech, Recreation Supervisor
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Department
PO Box 911, Charlottesville, VA 22902
blechs@charlottesville.org

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