Grant Recipients Announced for 2nd Annual Foo Foo Festival

Date Posted: Jul 23, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla., June 11, 2015 — Art, Culture and Entertainment, (ACE), Inc. today announced the recipients of $250,000 in grant funding for the second annual Foo Foo Festival (Foo Foo Fest), the upcoming fall festival of arts and cultural events to be held November 5-16, 2015.

Foo Foo Fest, the tourism marketing program of ACE, promises to be bigger and better in 2015 as the area works to attract cultural tourists to Escambia County, Fla.

“Last year they asked, ‘What the heck is Foo Foo?’ Then visitors and locals alike discovered the Grammy Award-winning songwriters, beautiful blown glass, cutting edge art on the face of the old County Courthouse and much more, “ said Lois Benson, chair of Foo Foo Fest. “We are so very excited about the grant applications that we received and the events that our local organizations are producing for this year’s festival. Our slate of events promises to amaze.”

Foo Foo Fest, a 12-day celebration of the arts acts as a “marketing umbrella” for the period of time to help leverage the breadth and depth of the overall selection of events, which are comprised of programming provided by 21 grant recipients and many more existing events.

Highlighting the list of grant recipients is the Pensacola Opera who, through their grant submission, have been awarded an $85,600 mega-grant to recreate the excitement and spectacle of the original Three Tenors with a free concert at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium featuring the big vocals of world-renowned tenors Arnold Rawls, Adam Diegel, and David Portillo.

Grant Recipients

Pensacola Opera, Vinyl Music Hall, Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Museum of Art, SOAR Pensacola, Legal Services of N. Fla., Pensacola Civic Band, Japan America Society of NW Fla., Pensacola Choral Society, African-American Society, Frank Brown Int’l Songwriters Festival, First City Alliance, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola EggFest, Truth for Youth, Pensacola Jazz Society, 350 Pensacola, Pensacola MESS Hall, UWF Historic Trust and the Pensacola Bay Concert Band


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