$10,000 of LESHC Mini Grants Awarded!
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council is pleased to announce they have just awarded $10,000 in grants in the recent FY17 mini grant round. These awards represent a dollar for dollar match from the awardees, resulting in a economic leverage of $20,0000 which stays in our lower shore heritage area communities.
This year's winners are:
Art Institute & Gallery $2500 "Celebrating Lower Eastern Shore Heritage" This project involves developing public art programs and projects for adults and school age children from 6-18. The projects will focus on the lower eastern shore heritage, history and culture as their themes, culminating in a showcased, children's open art show. Additionally the project will involve a designing a heritage walking tour of downtown Salisbury, aimed at specifically for youth to incorporate in the programing.
Assateague Island Alliance, Inc (AIA) $2500 "Assateague Wild Horses Identification App" This new project will allow the visitor to identify individual horses among the Maryland herd and include a visual recognition software with a series of accompanying questions to provide specific information about the horses the public is encountering on their visit. Additionally the app will provide a website where visitors can upload their own photos with a GPS Geo-tage to report sightings and leave comments.
Lower Shore Land Trust $2500 "Pollinator Certification Program and Garden" This certification residents project will deliver information and educational resources to residents, and visitors, of the lower shore about managing their properties for the benefit of pollinators and other wildlife. Successful residents with the program will receive special signs to place in their gardens upon being certified. Public demonstration gardens will be installed on the Lower Shore Land Trust property to promote a greater understanding of natural resources, heritage and stewardship for best practices.
Ward Museum of Wild Fowl Art $2500 "Delmarvalous Festival" A showcased day long festival about the heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The focus will be on the traditional food-ways, crafts, work, music and other traditions of the people of the Delmarva Peninsula. The event is designed to allow for in depth interaction between tradition bearers and the public. This free to the public festival is scheduled to be held May 20, 2017 on the grounds of the Ward Museum of Wild Fowl Art.