Click here to learn about Cycle #2 nonprofit grant winner, CBW Gospel Music Camp. 


Congratulations to Stephen Variames on a successful grant application! 

​Excerpts from Stephen's application:

My artistic discipline is in piano, composition and conducting. While I began my career as a concert pianist, I soon realized that composing was better suited for my creative nature. After having gained an undergraduate degree in composition, I decided to pursue a career in operatic coaching; a line that spoke to my love for opera and my pianistic abilities. At this point in my life, I've realized how much writing has meant; and writing opera seems to be the medium that speaks the clearest for me. The piece that I am writing for deals with depression, anxiety and suicide, bringing to light the understanding of these illnesses. As a college professor now, I have seen many students that suffer from anxiety. And as one who suffers from depression, I hope to bring a light to the reality of the situation. I believe that music can subtly create a sympathy and understanding for all people.

As your grant endows $250, I will most likely use these funds to make the payment for the space for my performance. I have found a hall in my area that is intimate while still enabling itself as a viable stage. If any money is left, I will use it to pay a psychiatrist to lead a discussion on what the audience has just seen and how it relates to them.

This project sits very close to home for me. Depression is a prevalent illness in today's society, and an experience that I know of first hand. Through this project, I hope to bring light to a taboo topic and begin a narrative that is both inviting and educational.

Integrity: Arts and Cultural Association is pleased to assist in funding Stephen's performance! We wish him the best in his future artistic endeavors. 

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There is no specific type of artist that we focus on or primarily support. Creative expression comes in a wide variety of artistic disciplines and genres. We are looking for passion and excellence in your craft. Tell us why your work is important to you and how you hope it will impact others. 
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