The Board of Directors for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, a 501(c)(3) organization, has announced it will be distributing another $9,935 to selected organizations or events that fall within its purpose as a nonprofit. According to Dave Robb, Scholarship and Funding chair, this is the first of two large distributions planned for the 2016 calendar year.

The funding aims to assist with providing art opportunities during the upcoming 2016-17 school year. A second round of funding will be discussed by the directors after its upcoming 19th-annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 8. Robb believes AAI will ultimately exceed last year’s funding, which at the time was a record year.

Those receiving funding include the local smARTS Program, run by volunteers who provide ongoing art education at Idyllwild School for students. They will receive $2,000.

The music program at Idyllwild School, which used last year’s funding to present “Alice in Wonderful,” will again receive $1,000 for a special music project of its choice.

Idyllwild Arts Academy, one of three independent high school boarding schools for the arts in the United States, will receive $400 for its Baby Dance program and $1,500 to help offset tuition for Idyllwild students attending the academy.

Musica!, an organization that offers a free music program to youth, will receive $1,000 for supplies and another $1,000 for a proposed music project of its choice.

AAI Home School art program, which was a huge success in 2015, will receive $2,000. The remaining funding will be set aside for two free community events to be led by local musician and educator Sandii Castleberry.

AAI has 288 members. It provides funding to art-related programs and events. Its fundraising efforts are made possible thanks to membership dues and proceeds from two annual fundraising events.