Maureen Gragg: Leads Funding Arts Network team to aid 21 programs
Written by Susan Danseyar on January 26, 2016
When Maureen Gragg came to Miami 40 years ago she felt her new home was a cultural desert. Little by little she saw the arts grow and now thinks there aren’t enough days in the week to enjoy all the museums, dance, theater and music.
Ms. Gragg is doing her part to both support and contribute to the growing cultural landscape here as president of the Funding Arts Network (FAN). The 20-year-old volunteer organization has given over $3.6 million in grants to a wide variety of arts programs in Miami-Dade County. In the past two decades, Ms. Gragg said, non-profit FAN has awarded grants for young artists who are now much more well-known.
FAN members pay $1,000 each year, all of which goes to grants. This year, there are 250 members so the group will be giving $250,000 to 501(c)3 arts organizations in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
In addition to helping arts programs, Ms. Gragg said, membership is an excellent way to learn about cultural happenings in the county. A number of people who’ve joined are “snowbirds” and are only in Miami for five or six months so she stresses it’s a good way for them to meet people and connect with the community.
Although she’s had a life-long connection to the arts, Ms. Gragg began her career as a law librarian. She then went to law school and worked as an assistant state attorney. Off and on, while raising three daughters, she was a court guardian ad litem, helping children who needed better homes.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Gragg in Coconut Grove.
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