Fort Mill Times

In the arts - May 19, 2009

Apply for small grants by June 1

ROCK HILL -- The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is June 1.

Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County.

The program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves.

The Arts Council allocates $4,000 to $5,000 to small grant awards each quarter. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

More information and applications are available by calling 803-328-2787 or online at

Manager for new center named

ROCK HILL -- The Arts Council of York County announces Rossi J. Craft has been selected as the operations manager for the new Community Performance Center.

A Rock Hill native, he brings a host of comprehensive experience, education and training to this position. Rossi and wife, Glenda, have two children and live in Rock Hill.

Formerly employed as the director of theater operations at the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, Rossi was responsible for management of four independent stages including on-site staff and 450 seasonal employees. His experience also includes negotiation, design, quality control and implementation of audio systems for major corporate, retail, stadium and civic organizations, one of which at Charlotte Knights Baseball Stadium.

Rossi's extensive work in theater includes producing the play "Shear Madness" at the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which still holds the record as the longest running play in Charlotte's history. He designed sound for "Pump Boys and Dinettes," "Cookin' at the Cookery," He has served as audio engineer for many artists including: Ray Charles and David Sanborn. Rossi received two Annual Metrolina Association Awards for Outstanding Sound Design. As a volunteer, Rossi has assisted local churches and civic organizations with community benefits and fund-raisers.

The Arts Council expects renovation at 249 E. Main Street to be completed in mid-August. A grand opening will be held in the fall. Planners anticipate this facility will bring a minimum of 30,000 folks to downtown Rock Hill the first year.

A survey conducted in 2008 indicates tarts organizations and audiences contribute $7 million in economic impact to York County each year.

This new effort also brings downtown the office and dance studios of The York County Ballet. Apple Tree Construction will handle the renovation.

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