Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (copy)

Bassoonist and ringer Stephanie Hyde plays during a Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras outdoor rehearsal in September at McFarland High School.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) has been awarded a $3,675 grant for its adaptive fall program of chamber orchestras and recorded concerts.

The grant comes from Dane County, which announced over $128,000 in awards for local arts organizations. WYSO’s grant will support its first orchestra program-in-residence.

County Executive Joe Parisi and the Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission announced Wednesday 49 project and short order grants totaling $128,583 are being awarded in Cycle 2 for “Dane Arts” project grants in 2020. Two $1,500 capital grants are being awarded, along with four Blockstein awards at $500 each to organizations with projects that included political and civic engagement.

“Now more than ever, people are looking for innovative ways to remain connected to our arts and culture communities,” said Parisi. “We are excited to provide this cycle of Dane Arts grants and celebrate the many talented artists and institutions who call Dane County home. Congratulations to this year’s recipients.”

The Dane Arts grants are funded by county dollars in conjunction with private donations from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. This year, Dane County’s Dane Arts will have awarded almost $250,000 in public-private funds to non-profit organizations, schools, individuals, municipalities for arts, cultural, and local history projects and programs offered countywide. The next grant proposal submission deadline is Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that WYSO's orchestra program-in-residence was to be performed at McFarland PAC. That information, included in a Dane Arts press release from earlier this month, is not accurate, according to McFarland School District. WYSO practiced outdoors early this fall in front of McFarland High School, but has not since had any involvement with the school district.

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