North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced today $7.7 million in funding for arts programs and projects across North Carolina for the 2009–10 fiscal year during a press conference today at the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council.
The organizational grants and federal stimulus grants for the arts are designed to support arts organizations who contribute to the economic, educational and cultural vitality of local communities throughout the state.
As a result of the support from the North Carolina General Assembly, along with funds from National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the funding will be distributed through 342 grants to organizations, 16 artist fellowships, three documentary grants and three internships.
In announcing the grants, Carlisle underscored the importance of the arts to North Carolina's economy and education. N.C. Arts Council grants provide artists in schools, afterschool arts programs for at-risk youth, innovative outreach to encourage participation, community revitalization, programs for populations in need, grassroots arts funding to ensure that every citizen has access to quality arts experiences, as well as ongoing support and organizational development.
"Education is vital to the mission of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources," Carlisle said. "More than 13.6 million people participated in Arts Council funded projects in North Carolina last year. Children make up about a quarter of that total. The majority of all Arts Council grants have an educational component, and this year 16 percent were direct Arts in Education projects."
Secretary Carlisle was joined by Majority Leader Sen. Tony Rand, N.C. Arts Council Board Chair Bobby Kadis, N.C. Arts Council Deputy Director Nancy Trovillion and Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Deborah Martin Mintz.VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF GRANTS AWARDED HERE!
In addition to state funds, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a federal stimulus program designed to aid in the economic recovery of our state and nation, provided $718,850 to preserve a total of 104 jobs that might otherwise have been eliminated due to the economy.
The Creative Workforce Grants range from $10,000 for smaller organizations to $25,000 for larger organizations and will support the preservation of critical jobs and artists' contracts. Local arts councils, statewide service organizations and organizations that currently receive General Support and Outreach grants from the Arts Council were eligible to apply.
Nancy Trovillion, deputy director of the N.C. Arts Council, said that the selection of the Creative Workforce Grant recipients was a very difficult process given the challenges that all arts organizations face during this economic downturn. "We had 79 requests from many of the state's top arts organizations but only enough money to fund 18," she says. "We had to turn down many worthy requests. We chose those organizations that made an urgent case that core positions would be lost without our funding.
Funds will support workers in the arts, ranging from gallery managers to an arts education coordinator.
The following is a list of organizations receiving Creative Workforce Grants:
- Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg:
$25,000 to support the position of program director.
- Caldwell Arts Council:
$10,000 to support the positions of the executive director, administrative assistant and office assistant.
- Carolina Ballet in Raleigh:
$25,000 to support 38 dancers' contracts.
- Chatham Arts Council:
$10,000 to support the position of the executive director.
- DREAMS of Wilmington:
$10,000 to the position of program planning and communications specialist.
- Durham Arts Council:
$25,000 to support the position of creative arts in the public/private schools (CAPS) manager.
- Johnston County Arts Council:
$10,000 to support the position of executive director.
- Kinston Arts Council, Inc. dba Community Council for the Arts:
$10,000 to support of the position of program and exhibitions director.
- McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte:
$25,000 to support the position of director of education and research.
- Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee:
$25,000 to support the position of the education director.
- Opera Carolina in Charlotte:
$25,000 to support the positions of head of music preparation, music director and resident stage director.
- Pocosin Arts in Columbia:
$10,000 to support the position of program coordinator.
- Salisbury-Rowan Symphony:
$10,000 to support the positions of music director and executive director.
- St. Joseph's Historic Foundation in Durham:
$20,000 to support the positions of facility manager, administrative assistant, gallery curator, site coordinator, outreach coordinator, marketing coordinator and volunteer coordinator.
- Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center:
$10,000 to support the positions of arts program director and arts gallery manager.
- Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville:
$10,000 to support the position of gallery manager.
- Winston-Salem Symphony Association:
$20,000 to support the position of assistant conductor/education director.
- YMI Cultural Center in Asheville:
$10,000 to support the positions of arts education coordinator and administrative manager.
Two additional grants were funded by the Southern Arts Federation: the Asheville Symphony and Triad Stage for a combined amount of $54,750 to support a total of five full-time positions.
The grant money includes the seven North Carolina organizations that received support directly from the NEA totaling $325,000 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians—young and old—who enjoy and participate in the arts.