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Commission reviews funding proposals for the arts

The Ennis Arts Commission met yesterday evening at City Hall to discuss budget requests for the 2007-08 fiscal year.
The 9-member body devoted to providing local cultural education and entertainment reviewed a record number of proposals from Ennis organizations seeking funding assistance for artistic programming.
Schools, churches, and a range of civic, ethnic and historical groups submitted applications. Members expressed pleasure at the positive public response and the originality of the proposals, which are pending final approval at the commission’s next meeting (July 10).
A discussion of ideas and suggestions for better serving local entities interested in seeking Arts Commission funding was held with final decisions deferred to the July 10 meeting. Recommendations from members for upcoming entertainment, from a community-wide summer event to an “Antiques Roadshow” style attraction, were heard.
The 2006-07 Arts Commission expense budget of $19,335 was reviewed; some of the itemized funding projects were “Autumn Days in Ennis” Fall Festival, the Ennis Public Theatre and the Ennis Art Club. Other programming funded by the commission since October 2006 include Lights of Ennis/Catch the Vision, Ennis ISD Storybook Theatre, Rhapsody in Bluebonnets (entertainment lineup for Bluebonnet Trails), Cinco de Mayo and the National Polka Festival.
The commission annually provides monies to civic events and organizational projects that contribute to the public’s artistic and cultural betterment via the City of Ennis, the Ennis Economic Development Corporation, grants, sponsorships and private donations. Over the last year the commission has networked locally with EISD, the Ennis Garden Club, the Polka Festival Committee, and Comunidad Hispana de Ennis. The group also regularly partners with other agencies, such as the Texas Commission on the Arts, to fund educational and entertainment activities from concerts and plays to lectures and exhibitions.
The current Ennis Arts Commission is made up of nine members including Robert Brazier (president), Nancy Thomas (secretary), Katherine Jones, Sandra Wakefield, Joanne Ventura, Dennis Juenemann, Nancy Hancock, Bill Rhoten and Randy Bryan Bigham. The Commission’s liaison is City of Ennis Tourism Director Gina Rokas.

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