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BOARD OF ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS $880,800 IN GRANTS TO 124 GROUPS

The Utah Arts Council board of directors has awarded $880,800 in grants to 124 nonprofit groups statewide for specific arts projects or general support. In December, the Council will award up to $58,000 to first-time applicants, for a total 1989-90 grants allocation of $938,800, made available by the Legislature. This represents a 1.7 percent increase over this year's $923,000.

Arts Council director Carol Nixon noted the difficulty of allocating funds that have increased very little, while applicants have increased markedly, and inflation is taking its toll.Discipline categories and their 1989-90 totals are: dance, $191,800; literary arts, $18,500; assistance to literary magazines, $16,165; multi-discipline, $130,450; music, $227,895; theater, $154,150; and visual arts/architecture-environmental arts design, $141.840, plus current year applications fund, $58,000.

Major organizations receiving $40,000 or more are: Ballet West, $83,000; Repertory Dance Theatre, $47,000; Ririe-Woodbury Dance Foundation, $47,000; Utah Opera Company, $53,850; Utah Symphony, $134,200; Pioneer Theater Company, $66,000; and Utah Shakespearean Festival, $40,000. Biggest visual arts awards are to the Salt Lake Art Center, $27,500; Springville Museum of Art, $19,800; and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, $31,000.