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The Arts Council awards $135,000 to Cumberland County Non-Profits

07-13-2020 06:22 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: The Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County announces the recipients of the 2020-2021 Project and Operating Support Grants. 15 non-profit organizations were awarded funds totaling in $135,000. Project Support Grants, ranging from $1,000 - $30,000, are awarded annually to increase opportunities for access to cultural arts programming in Cumberland County.

Kennon Jackson, Jr., Grants Manager - “Project Support grants are an important resource for organizations in our community. These funds allow groups to highlight arts, culture, and history in Cumberland County and provide opportunities that otherwise may not exist.”

Grants were awarded to fund projects for the following organizations:

Cape Fear Studios ($11,400)
Cape Fear Studios is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County. This grant will support a variety of programming, including Cape Fear Studio’s exhibition series, summer camps, workshops, classes and lessons.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($6,800)
The Foundation will use this funding to support fees for an art therapist to offer art therapy sessions four times each week in group settings at the Behavioral Health Care Inpatient Unit and at the Roxie Detox and Crisis Stabilization Center.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($1,500)
The Foundation will use additional funding to support art supplies for an art therapy program specifically for adolescent teens whose family are members of the military.

Community Concerts ($19,000)
Community Concerts is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant allowing cultural arts non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County. This grant will support Community Concerts’ 20-21 concert series.

Crossroads Outreach Alternative Program Ministries ($4,675)
This grant was awarded to support artists fees and supplies for Art Exp’sion. The after-school program is open to students K-12. Students rotate through five arts experiences every 35 minutes including: music theory, piano instructions, poetry and drama, seasonal themes, and painting on canvas.

Cumberland County Public Library – 2021 Storytelling Festival ($3,300)
The grant supports the Storytelling Festival – “Nature Stories” - takes place in March 2021 and is for all ages. The festival will feature headline performers, library programs, and storytelling programs led by youth services staff at each of eight library locations.

Cumberland Choral Arts: Youth Chorus ($1,500)
Grant funds support the 2020-2021 Cambellton Youth Choir series. The Chorus participants in every Cumberland Choral Arts concert, the annual Kiwanis Club Talent Night, the annual Piedmont Invitational Children’s Chorus Festival, and at community events.

Cumberland Choral Arts: Youth Chorus ($1,500)
The mission of the Cumberland Choral Arts is to present high-quality classical and popular choral music for residents of Cumberland and surrounding counties. This grant supports the Singers’ 29th Concert Series of 4 performances.
Ellington-White, CDC: Exhibition ($2,850)
Ellington-White will utilize grant funds in the production of an exhibition at the gallery.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum ($2,000)
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will utilize grant funds to support their year-long series of arts classes and arts-based camps for youth. It is anticipated that the total available slots for arts education programs will reach close to 200 students throughout the year.

Fayetteville State University – Performing and Fine Arts Department ($4,500)
This grant supports the 2020-2021 Fine Arts Series. The series will journey into each area of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts through Art, Music, Dance and Visual Arts with national spotlight of performances.

Gilbert Theater ($22,000)
The Gilbert Theater is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support. This grant supports the theater’s educational programs as well as their Main Stage productions throughout the year 2020-2021.

Groundswell Pictures ($6,400)
Groundswell Pictures will use grant funding for marketing and advertising of their annual Indigo Moon Film Festival.

Kindred Ministries ($2,550)
Kindred Ministries operates a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Grant funds will support theater outreach activities for participants in the program.

Methodist University – David McCune Gallery ($7,125)
This grant will allow the David McCune Art Gallery at Methodist University to host an exhibit of Rembrandt. The exhibit is the culmination of more than a year’s work for the Gallery.

Methodist University – Friends of Music ($3,435)
Funds for artist contracts for The Friends of Music of Methodist University are supported through this grant. The Guest Artist Series includes four performances offered for free to the public as well as other community partners.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation ($9,000)
This grant supports artist fees and contracts for the Museum of the Cape Fear’s History Live! program, which includes Halloween Trick or Treat, Halloween Night Tours at the Poe House and Holiday Jubilee.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($9,000)
Sweet Tea Shakespeare will produce 20-21 season throughout the community with the support of this grant.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($3,965)
Sweet Tea Shakespeare will use these grant funds for the purchase of a “Cockpit Playhouse’ that will allow the organizations greater flexibility for using venues throughout the community to produce its shows.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($8,000)
Sweet Tea Shakespeare will use this grant to subsidize the Green Tea youth program. This initiative engages youth in theater program and production throughout the 20-21 season.

Funding for Project Support Grants are received from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the Cumberland County Occupancy Tax. State funds are provided through a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional funds are provided through the generous support of individual donors to the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County (Arts Council).

For more information on Grants and Funding please visit

The Arts Council
301 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Contact: Metoya Scott, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Public Relations Manager
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the arts.
The Arts Council’s grants, programs, and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

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