Seven Local Artists and Arts Organizations Receive Grants from the St. Johns Cultural Council

The St. Johns Cultural Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2020 State of the Arts (“SOTA”) Grants.  These grants, presented annually, are available through funds raised by the sale of “State of the Arts” specialty license plates and have provided more than $120,000 of support to arts organizations and individual artists in St. Johns County. 

The most recent grantees are:

Apex Theatre Studio – SOTA funds will support a production of the play “Our Town” by this St. Johns County theatre studio.

Compassionate St. Augustine – Compassionate St. Augustine will present “Into the Rhythm:  Drumming for Healing & Wholeness” at schools throughout the County.  SOTA funds will provide a stipend for instructors.

Fort Mose Historical Society – This SOTA grant will fund artist fees and other costs for public art to be created as part of Fort Mose’s “In Community” project.

Lincolnville Museum – The Lincolnville Museum will introduce a new Youth Arts Series featuring outstanding educational speakers, with costs supported by this SOTA grant.

Saint Augustine Music Festival -  SOTA grant funds will help the St. Augustine Music Festival present a performance by Spanish pianist Maria Dolores Gaitan.

Florida Chamber Music Project – This SOTA Grant will support the Florida Chamber Music Project’s 2020-2021 Music Season.

Leonard Foster – Photographer Leonard Foster will receive a stipend to support exhibition of his series “Where We Stand”, which explores the rich history of Africans and African Americans in St. Johns County.

St. Johns Cultural Council congratulates all of the Fall 2020 grantees and is thankful for our hard-working SOTA grant panel and for every individual who purchases a State of the Arts license plate to support this important initiative.

For more information on SOTA Grants, please visit

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Post Date

October 21, 2020