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Lady Diann Torres Foundation art project gets NEA grant

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THE Lady Diann Torres Foundation recently received an $18,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

First lady Diann Torres said the foundation will use the money as stipends for the artists who are participating in the Project Haligi-Canvas of Hope.

The project allows local artists to present their artwork on concrete power poles throughout the islands.

At present, Mrs. Torres said nine artists are receiving stipends from $100 to $300.

"We have 30 more artists waiting to pick up their supplies and to complete their artwork on poles," she added.

In 2019, through Project Haligi, 44 concrete utility poles were painted with island-themed artwork.

Mrs. Torres said her foundation has also invited students from the Marianas Youth Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically or My Wave Club to participate in collaboration with the Marianas Visitors Authority.

However, due to the high volume of applicants on Saipan, she said the foundation has temporarily stopped receiving proposals for its 2020 Project Haligi-Canvas of Hope project.

She said the number of applicants has already exceeded the number of poles allotted for the stipend program.

Mrs. Torres said the project has also been extended to Tinian and Rota.

"We are still waiting for the power poles to pop up on Tinian. We have the funding, and we are just waiting for the artists," she said.

On Rota, she said, the Rotary Club of Saipan donated the stipends for the participating artists.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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