The Utah Arts Council's Folk Arts Program has announced the ethnic arts grant recipients for 1998. Designed especially for Utah's ethnic communities, the grant allows artists to revitalize, strengthen and present their traditional art forms.
Recipients are:1. Fane F. Fisilau, Salt Lake City. Tongan mat weaving master: to teach the art of ta'ovala making.
2. Tanja Khvtisiashivili, Salt Lake City. Middle Eastern/Georgian: to purchase tapestry loom for "Gobelens" Tapestry.
3. Laife Tuita, West Valley City. Polynesian: to purchase dance/music performance costumes and supplies.
4. Central Utah Highlanders Pipe Band, Richfield. Scottish Bagpipe music: toward instrument purchase and instruction.
5. Hibernian Society of Utah, Salt Lake City. Irish: for their St. Patrick's Day Siamsa.
6. Hispanic Fiesta Days, Murray. Hispanic: to support event programming.
7. Hua Sheng Art Troope, Salt Lake City. Chinese: to support instrument purchase.
8. Korean-American Dance Groups, Salt Lake City. Korean: to support rehearsal space and costume purchase.
9. Kurdish Community of Utah, Salt Lake City. Kurdish dance: to support Kurdish New Year (Noruz) celebration.
10. Pa'u Riders of Utah, Centerville. Hawaiian: to workshops of Haku Lei Making for Horse Riders for 1997 Days of '47 parade.
11. Salt Lake African-American Dancers, Salt Lake City. African- American dance: to support drum workshops.
12. Samoan Brass Band of Utah, Woods Cross. Samoan Brass Band music: to purchase music and supplies.
13. Samoan Cultural Association, West Valley City. Samoan: to support Samoan cultural celebration.
14. Scottish Country Dancers, Salt Lake City. Scottish: support dance workshop in celebration of 75th anniversary of founding Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
15. Culture and Arts of India Fund, Salt Lake City. East Indian: for 50th anniversary of India celebration.
16. Mexican Civic Center, Salt Lake City. Mexican: to support artists performances at Cinco de Mayo.
17. National Tongan-American Society, Murray. Tongan: to sponsor a Tongan Festival.
18. University of Utah Pacific Islander Student Association, Salt Lake City. Polynesian: to support a fine arts exhibition.