The Arts Council of York County has made eight small grant awards for the second quarter.
Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. Recipients include:
• Dot Killian, $1,000 to bring Grammy winner Ben Williams to Rock Hill to present two master jazz classes at local high schools and to perform at the City Club of Rock Hill on Dec. 20. Williams will be accompanied by his band, Sound Effect.
• Ron Parks, $1,000 to present joint concerts featuring the Charlotte-based Bechtler Ensemble and Out of Bounds Ensemble, conducted by Alan Yamamoto, at Winthrop University’s Barnes Recital Hall and at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
• Barbara Curry, $1,000 to construct four acrylic and mixed media art installations at the Center for the Arts. She is a studio artist who will move into the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill from the Gettys Building.
• Karen Collins, $750 to bring Jim de Sève and Kian Tjong, the filmmakers of Tying the Knot and ManDove, to Rock Hill. Collins, a 20-year veteran of the Hollywood film industry, has retired to Rock Hill and has partnered with the Arts Council to bring independent films to York County.
• ChristmasVille, $500 to bring Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author of “The Fixer Upper,” “Savannah Breeze” and “Blue Christmas” to the City Club of Rock Hill on Dec. 6 during the 2013 ChristmasVille Festival.
• WFBK, $350 to secure the equipment necessary to record live cultural music events for broadcast on the station. These recordings will be offered to SCETV Radio and NPR radio stations for wider broadcast coverage. WFBK is a nonprofit, public radio station based in Fort Mill, established in 2012.
• Casey Mink and Dominique Verechia, $645 to present a collaborative recital and exhibition to the public titled Charms of the Night Sky at the Courtroom in the Gettys Art Center on Dec. 1. This is the second collaborative artistic venture between Mink and Verecchia.
The York County Emergency Response Team has five newly certified public safety divers for a total of eight divers. They are Chad Davis, Chris Davis, Richard May, R. T. Wargo and Joseph Baranowski.
Master scuba diver trainer and YCERT team member Gary Laubscher and master instructor Charles “Mike” M. Nichols have worked with the team for the past three months providing training in public safety diving, which is unlike recreational diving.
Erica Dover, a fourth-grader at Jefferson Elementary in York, and Jordan Manning, a fifth-grader at Northside Elementary in Rock Hill, were first-place winners in York Soil and Water Conservation District 2013 Scarecrow Contest, co-sponsored by Black’s Peaches in York. The contest was open to all students in grades K-8 in York County.
The York Soil and Water Conservation District and York County Farm Bureau held its 2013 Partners in Conservation & Agriculture Legislative Dinner recently.
The Champion of Conservation Award, sponsored by the conservation district, which recognizes a local farmer who has practiced outstanding conservation efforts, was presented to Black’s Peaches in York.
The Conservation Teacher of the Year Award, co-sponsored by the Conservation District and York County T.Y.L.E.R. program, which recognizes an educator who has actively worked to enhance environmental and conservation education, was presented to Tracy Craven, kindergarten teacher at Oakdale Elementary School in Rock Hill.