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The Arts Council wins national award – and a $10,000 grant – from the Ovation network and Spectrum

Deborah Martin Mintz, center, Executive Directer of the Arts Council, with representatives from the Ovation Network, Charter, and Spectrum, and city, county, and state elected officials. Photo by Leon Borders

Deborah Martin Mintz, center, Executive Directer of the Arts Council, with representatives from the Ovation Network, Charter, and Spectrum, and city, county, and state elected officials.
Photo by Leon Borders

(Fayetteville, NC) November 8, 2018 — A few months ago, an unexpected phone call came with auspicious news: The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County had been selected for a national award presented by Ovation, America’s only arts network, along with their media partner Spectrum. Called Stand for the Arts, the award is given to only 12 organizations in the country each year – and the Arts Council is one of them. The award includes a $10,000 grant for arts programs.

“The most amazing thing to us was that Ovation and Spectrum had done their research and they found the Arts Council,” said Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director. “We didn’t apply or seek out the award or grant. For this to happen on the Arts Council’s 45thanniversary makes it even more special.”

Grant recipients were chosen based on three criteria: their level of community outreach and engagement, their ability to create inclusive access to artistic programming and their innovative approach to arts education and skills development.

The national award was presented to the Arts Council during a 45th anniversary gala held at the Arts Center on Thursday evening, November 8. Making the presentation was Yvette Inclan, Manager of Content Distribution and Marketing for Ovation TV based in Los Angeles, and Brian Gregory, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications in Charlotte. Additional representatives from Spectrum in Raleigh also attended the event.

Sol Doten, Vice President for Content Distribution and Marketing for Ovation, said of the Arts Council: “We have partnered with Spectrum here in Fayetteville to recognize their outstanding work both as a highly creative arts organization and a key contributor to the community and the local economy. Spectrum has been a great partner and supporter of Ovation, and we are extremely pleased that they have joined us in Fayetteville and across the country for our Stand for the Arts Awards program.”

“We’re proud to stand with Ovation to salute the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for its innovative programming in Fayetteville,” added Marva Johnson, Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications. “The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County and all of this year’s Stand for the Arts Awards honorees truly enrich the communities they serve across the country.”

For more information on the Ovation and Spectrum Stand for the Arts, initiative visit: https://www.ovationtv.com/sfta/affiliate-awards/

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

Founded in 1973 by a group of local visionaries, the Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. The Arts Council organizes and produces the International Folk Festival and A Dickens Holiday; spearheads public art initiatives in the community; administers grants and project support for both arts and cultural groups and individual artists; and oversees the extensive Artists in Schools program in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg. The Arts Council also is known for creating innovative exhibitions throughout the year in their Gallery at the Arts Center, 301 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.

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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, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.