Dancing Wheels Becomes One of Six Finalists for $150,000 Grant

Dancing Wheels Company & School is one of six finalists in the running for a grant worth up to $150,000 from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Cuyahoga County residents, 13 years and older, can vote for three of the six finalists and the top two will have their projects funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Daring to be Dumbo - Dancing Wheels and their project partners will be expanding on the world premiere performance of their multi-media ballet Dumbo (May 9-10, 2013) to create an entertaining and educational television documentary based on the issues of bullying and social injustice. Using the life stories of artists and community figures, they will explain how these individuals rose above the ridicule to become successful. Dancing Wheels will then develop an assembly program for schools and community groups throughout Cuyahoga County and the nation. You can learn more about their project at dancingwheels.org/news1.asp.

To vote online for their project Daring to be Dumbo, go to www.cacgrants.org/vote. February 20, 2013 is your last day to cast your vote online.

Dancing Wheels, America's first physically integrated dance company, has pioneered the inclusion of people with and without disabilities through the arts. For over 32 years, we have been creating and presenting passionate integrated dance works from nationally esteemed choreographers and utilizing this new art form to educate, advocate and entertain audiences throughout the world. We are a unique vehicle that inspires, alters attitudes, and opens the doors of possibilities for thousands in a in a way that no other arts entity can. From school assembly programs to mainstage concerts, we have reached 4.5 people million worldwide with our art.

In 2006, voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, approved a 10-year tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture organizations. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, is the organization that administers those public funds by making grants to qualified organizations based in Cuyahoga County. We are one of the largest local public funders of arts and culture in the nation, investing more than $15 million each year in organizations of all sizes and disciplines.

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