FY21-23 PWC Arts Grants Panel Members

Six panel members review and score grant applications for non-profit arts organizations wishing to receive funding allocated by the Prince William County Government.

These six individuals bring significant levels of experience to the grant review process in areas such as financial management, grant analysis, public relations and marketing, arts education, arts funding and arts performance.

Potential Applicants: you are encouraged to invite the Grant Panel to your event(s) for a chance to gain more insight on your organization’s contribution to the greater Prince William County arts community. If you choose to offer this invitation, please prepare a VIP event guest list to include each panel member name, all six individuals must be included with no charge. In the case that a guest list is not feasible, you may instead email (6) six complimentary e-tickets to artscouncil@pwcgov.org with subject Panel Comp Tix, for distribution or mail to: Arts Recreation Specialist, 14420 Bristow Rd., Manassas VA 20112

No forms of solicitation or persuasion involving any panel member allowed. Any questions pertaining to PWC Arts Grants process should be presented to the Arts Recreation Specialist (703)792-8782.

The Panel Review meeting for accepted applications will take place the second week of May, please plan delivery of any possible event invitations accordingly.

FY21-23 Grant Panel:

Mrs. Jan Alten: Jan has been a resident of Manassas since June 1977 and has long been involved with the City as a volunteer in several organizations and on City citizen committees looking at ways to improve the quality of life in Manassas. In 2015, Mrs. Alten retired and closed her successful business, The Opera House Gourmet located in Historic Old Town Manassas. Mrs. Alten was a Judge for the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Awards and the Eastern Seaboard Wine Competition for several years. The Opera House Gourmet won statewide recognition twice when it was chosen as Virginia Wine Retailer of the Year. Mrs. Alten is currently on the Board of Directors at The Center for The Arts at the Candy Factory, is a member of Manassas Historic Landmarks Preservation, is Chairman of the Architectural Review Board of the City of Manassas and is the secretary for the Old Town Business Association. Mrs. Alten is a volunteer usher at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Mrs. Cathy Hailey: Cathy Hailey retired from forty-years of teaching English/Creative Writing, much of that time in Woodbridge Senior High School’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. She sponsored the award-winning Eddas literary/art magazine and supported monthly coffee houses, which gave student writers, musicians and artists voice and audience. As a Teacher/Consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project since 1981, she spent decades coordinating the Student Summer Institute and Young Writers Workshops. In 2014, Mrs. Hailey was selected by Prince William Living as one of Prince William County’s Influential Women, and in 2016, she was nominated for a Kathleen K. Seefeldt Award for Art Excellence in the category of Outstanding Arts Educator. Currently, Mrs. Hailey participates in the PWCS Retirement Opportunity Program to support student writing initiatives and teaches as an adjunct in Johns Hopkins University’s online MA in Teaching Writing Program. Mrs. Hailey is a poet who coordinates Poetry in the Schools for the Poetry Society of Virginia (PSV) and organizes In the Company of Laureates, a biennial reading of poets’ laureate held in Prince William County.

Ms. Jennifer Decker Keller: Jennifer currently works for the Hylton Performing Arts Center as the Office Manager and Executive Board Liaison. This is a position she has held since 2011. Through this position, Ms. Keller has maintained daily office operations; coordinated the Hylton Center Executive Board and it’s six respective committee meetings by: scheduling and planning Executive Board retreats, social hours, and regularly communicating with our members and partners (GMU, Manassas City, and Prince William County) on matters regarding the HPAC events, sponsor/donor events, presentations and tours. Ms. Keller graduated with a Master of Music in 2015 from George Mason and was certified in January of this year to teach Music/Choral K-12 grade students within the state of Virginia. Ms. Keller has an extensive history (2012 to present) serving as a Vocal Teaching Artist with the Mason Community Arts Academy. Other volunteer involvement includes working with Centreville High School Touchdown Club to coordinate the creation of webpages to assist with concessions at weekly football games that included grilling/ticket sales/set up/working concessions/clean up. Ms. Keller has performed in a wide range of concerts, and dramatic roles from 2012 through present.

Mrs. Caroline-Louise Shaaber:  Caroline served as the Arts Recreation Specialist for Prince William County and has been involved in the local arts community for many years.  After moving to the United States, she obtained a degree in Interior Design and Architectural Drafting, a Certified Kickboxing Education and obtained various certifications in the Education field. Caroline has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher and a Physical Education teacher. She has worked in the design industry for over 15 years and held multiple Volunteer and Board positions in the Military and Local Communities and is a graduate of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2014. She is a current Member of Lakeridge Rotary and sits on the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation Board.  Currently Caroline facilitates the Domestic Violence Children’s Program for ACTS after volunteering with the program for 2 years.

Mr. John Wooten: Mr. Wooten is an Arts Council Board Member (Board of County Supervisor alternate). John is a Prince William County-based, self-taught musician and the host of Live at the Mill; an all-ages open mic series which takes place in the Clearbrook Center of the Arts. Through Live at the Mill, John’s goal is to be able to provide a space for local performance artists of all levels of experience to be able to hone their craft and express their creative talent.  Mr. Wooten is a graduate from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2014. While attending University, Mr. Wooten taught himself how to play the bass guitar and played with various local bands. During his senior year at university, Mr. Wooten worked as a marketing strategist intern for Bad Friends Records (a DC-based record label), where he was responsible for developing a strategy for the artists to reach college students. John has also worked with FXBG Pirate Radio, a Fredericksburg based radio station that promotes and supports performance and visual artists who are native to the DC metropolitan area.  It is John’s dream to be able to provide a space for local performance artists of all levels of experience where they would be able to hone their craft and express their creative talent.

Lorna Moone – Lorna Moone works for the Office of Procurement Services as a Procurement Officer and has worked in the county for the last 8 months. Prior to her career at PWC, Lorna was employed at Fairfax County Public Schools in the Financial Services Department for 20 years.  Lorna has a passion for all things creative and dabbles in various areas of art. Including drawing, writing, and music. Some of her favorite actives include going to concerts, museums, traveling, and reading to name a few. Lorna is also an officer with the Improved Benevolent Protective Order Elks of the World where she spends time giving back to the community and a new member of the Prince William County Employees Toastmasters.

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