Arts Microgrants make more local dreams come true

Artist and grad student at the University of South Florida, Sarah Krupp, uses animal forms in her work to attempt to explain human trauma. Krupp will have a solo show at Oliver Gallery in November. The Arts Microgrant will provide her with 100 lbs of casting aluminum to create the centerpiece of the show.

Well-published photographer and educator, James Branaman, will receive funding for his creation of a camera rigging that will allow him to photograph from above, using balloons or kites. The photos will be used as teaching tools in his class.

Influenced by the players of the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins roller derby league, artist Toni Billick will create a wearable sculpture and performance based on the ladies’ various personalities and characters.

Hampton will also fund a production of Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, directed by Chris Rutherford. The Gorilla Theatre will host the Tony award-winning one-woman show by Jane Wagner, featuring actress Jonelle Marie Meyer.

The deadline for the next group of Arts Microgrants is Thurs., Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Visit to apply.

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  • aerial photography by James Branaman,

Local nonprofit Hampton Arts Management is once again giving hope to innovative area artists with ambitious ideas and upcoming projects — ones on a smaller scale that don't usually attract funding from philanthropists.

These projects accent the cultural arts scene in new and inventive ways and help shape it as much, if not more, than the larger statues and murals that attract big dollars from big donors. Microgrants are one of the best new resources to help make fresh new ideas come to fruition, and everyday peeps can be benefactors.

Hampton Arts Management recently announced a brand new batch of microgrant recipients for the month of July. These microgrants will help promote and develop artistic communities in Tampa.

Hampton focuses on Artist Development, Audience Development, and Space Development. The microgrant series, Think Small to Think Big, provides financing for local arts projects.

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