Inaugural grant awards will support programs involving 245 artists and performers and reach more than 25,000 audience members and participants.

Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) has announced the inaugural grant recipients of the ACNV Community Fund to five nonprofits and five individual artists working in a range of disciplines.

The 2017 grant recipients include:

Kristina Young for Napa Quake Mosaic, an artist-led and community-built public art installation featuring objects broken during the 2014 Napa earthquake.

E&M Presents for an “Amazing’ Weekend” in Napa featuring family-friendly performances by The Amazing Bubble Man and The Amazing Max. The fund will also support the creation of an organizational website.

Shakespeare Napa Valley for a free outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Napa and St. Helena from August through September.

Beclee Wilson for “The Land and Its People: Art and Poetry,” an art project in which students of Saint Helena Elementary School will create photos and poems to be displayed at the Napa Valley Museum.

Sing Napa Valley for a Brahms requiem collaborative performance by Sing Napa Valley, St. Helena Chamber Singers, Napa Valley College Chorale, who will perform with Symphony Napa Valley and professional soloists, conducted by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin.

Barry Martin for a Napa-focused play-cycle project, which will create the first two scripts for a series of plays examining the human condition in modern-day Napa Valley.

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen for “Epoch: Napa Valley,” a 100-foot-long, hand illustrated timeline of Napa Valley’s human populations, tracing from indigenous populations to present day, a course of 10,225 years following a linear path of detailed artwork.

American Canyon Arts Foundation for series of programs and events celebrating the ethnic diversity of he American Canyon community, including art, food, dance and culture.

Cafeteria Kids Theater for its fall musical production class where students will work with professionally trained actors, directors, Broadway veterans, and educators who received graduate degrees in the performing arts.

Clark Harding for “New Era Beats Brigade,” a modern spin on a traditional marching band fusing modern electronic instruments with traditional brass instruments to create contemporary music.

The grants were made possible through the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant awarded to ACNV in 2016. The program funds $40,000 each year to small nonprofits and individual artists to support creative works and programs that are publicly accessible within Napa County.

The fund’s first grant cycle saw 29 applications totaling $132,713 in requested support. The review panelists selected 10 programs that reflect the diverse range of creativity in the area.

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