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Festival Mozaic receives $10,000 federal grant

Festival Mozaic music director Scott Yoo, front row, far left, leads the orchestra in concert at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in July 2013.
Festival Mozaic music director Scott Yoo, front row, far left, leads the orchestra in concert at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in July 2013. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Festival Mozaic has been awarded $10,000 in federal grant money from the National Endowment for the Arts, marking the first time in 21 years the nonprofit organization has received such financial support.

“This is a big honor for us,” Festival Mozaic Executive Director Bettina Swigger said. “There is no doubt that this award is based on (music director) Scott Yoo’s ability to create meaningful and world-class performances.”

Formerly known as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Festival Mozaic celebrated its 45th anniversary this past summer with its highest attendance and ticket sales in a decade. A total of 926 people bought 4,203 tickets worth $205,400 in 2015, Swigger said.

The classical music festival received NEA funding “with some regularity” from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, Swigger said, but organizers took a break from applying for those grants for about two decades. Swigger applied for an Art Works grant, which she described as a highly competitive, complicated process, in August 2015.

“I am astonished and pleased that we received it,” she said. “I was not expecting this!”

The Art Works grant will support the festival’s Notable Encounter series of educational talks, which pairs live music with lectures. It’s part of more than $82 million awarded by the NEA to fund local arts projects and partnerships.

Festival Mozaic runs July 13 through 24 at venues across San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit www.festivalmozaic.com.

Sarah Linn: 805-781-7907

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