Since 2017, Charter has partnered with Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, to recognize local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs. We do this through Stand for The Arts (SFTA) awards given to organizations that empower their communities, build strategic partnerships, drive engagement through volunteerism, and deliver creative programming.
This year, we’re excited to have reached the milestone of fifty SFTA awards totaling $500,000 in donations to award recipients. In 2021 and early 2022, fifteen art centers, theaters, and other outstanding organizations across Charter’s footprint will be honored with the award and will receive financial support.
Each SFTA recipient is awarded $10,000 to assist in their ongoing support of artistic communities, their commitment to accessibility and equity in the arts, or their advocacy on behalf of underserved populations in their communities.
“We have reached an important milestone through our partnership with Ovation TV, having awarded $500,000 toward outstanding work through arts education since the start of the Stand for The Arts program,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs for Charter. “Charter relies on Ovation as a strong partner in our local engagement efforts and values the commitment they consistently demonstrate to the communities we both serve.”
This year, recipients include the first-ever tribal arts organization to be selected for a Stand for The Arts Award, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a center dedicated to educating the public about the Native American point of view for a better understanding of Indigenous ways of life. Additional recipients include former recipients, Groundswell, a New York-based organization that brings together youth, artists and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change, and SoundBites, a Columbia, SC, organization that helps inspire underprivileged children to discover and develop their hidden musical gifts and talents through access to musical instruments and proper instruction.
Organizations being recognized with 2021 SFTA awards include:
- Ava Community Arts Center, Gillette, WY
- CNY Arts, Syracuse, NY
- Creative City Project, Orlando, FL
- Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas, TX
- DrewBoy Creative Gallery, Richland, WA
- Donkey Mill Arts Center – Art Ed. for Kids, Big Island, HI
- Friends of Schools of the Arts, Rochester, NY
- Groundswell, New York, NY
- Missoula Children’s Theater, Missoula, MT
- Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
- Southern Hills Art Council, Jackson County, OH
- SoundBites, Columbia, SC
- The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, Lexington, KY
- The Wooden Floor, Orange County/Santa Ana, CA
- Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI
For more information about the Stand for The Arts Awards, please visit www.standforthearts.com.