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Duke Energy grant to fund efforts to expand diversity in arts across Central Florida

United Arts of Central Florida is the recipient of a $50,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant to address the underrepresentation of people of color in the arts in Central Florida, including the Lake County area.

The arts organization has used the grant to create the Diversity in the Arts funding program and is now accepting online applications. The Diversity in the Arts program is designed to increase participation of organizations led by people of color in United Arts’ funded programs.

“This grant to United Arts is one way to highlight the many contributions to the arts by people of color and demonstrate Duke Energy’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida’s state president. “Arts and culture have the power to enhance community vitality. We are proud to help lift up the creative voices of Central Florida’s many diverse cultures and communities.

Through the grant, United Arts is targeting emerging grassroots organizations led by African American, Latinx and other people of color who are not currently funded through United Arts’ various grant programs in the hope of better supporting the diversity of arts in central Florida.

Funding up to $5,000 is available to organizations in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Proposals must focus on the arts, sciences or humanities and be open to the public. Examples include fine arts, history of a culture, exhibits, performances, festivals or arts education programs. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 8. Programs must start by April 1 and be completed by July 30. Program guidelines and a link to the application can be found on United Arts’ website at https://unitedarts.cc/grantee-resources/grants.

“Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $162 million in the growth and development of  Central Florida’s nonprofit cultural groups,” said Juliana Steele, interim president & CEO of United Arts of Central Florida. “As a contract-for-service program, the Diversity in the Arts program will be able to support a broader range of programming and bring to the forefront the contributions Central Florida’s diverse arts and cultural organizations are making in communities in the region.”

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