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Grant Recipients

For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, community organizations were awarded a total of $637,000 in grants by the Arts Council.

Grant awards are decided by a panel of community, cultural and education professionals from local, regional and state organizations, and by citizens of the community. The grants fall into four categories: Operating Support, Project Support, Regional Artists Project and Artists in Schools. Below are the award details of each of the grant categories.

Operating Support Grants are awarded to local arts agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term viability. Operating Support Grants are matched dollar for dollar and their purpose is to strengthen and stabilize major arts institutions and help them to deliver high quality arts services to the citizens of Cumberland County.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre: $225,000 – For more than 50 years, Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s mission to educate, inform and inspire audiences of all ages has sustained its highly visible and essential place in the southeast region’s cultural life. CFRT strives to reflect the diverse community it serves in its artists, audiences and the stories it tells.

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO): $150,000 – The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is celebrating its 59th anniversary this season. The symphony has progressed from a volunteer community orchestra to a professional regional orchestra of growing artistic reputation. Much of this is due to the leadership of Maestro Fouad Fakhouri. Mr. Fakhouri joined FSO in 2004 as the Music Director and Conductor. The mission of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is to educate, entertain and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden: $50,000 – Since 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s mission has been to serve the region as a center for enrichment, inspiration and enjoyment of nature. The Garden has engaged and involved the community while transforming people’s relationship with plants and the natural world. During this 25th Anniversary year, CFBG continues to grow as a world-class garden while seeking opportunities to enhance people’s knowledge, physical well-being, and spiritually.

Project Support Grants are awarded to local non-profit agencies in Cumberland County who produce programs of artistic, cultural and/or historic merit and who demonstrate financial and administrative stability. The purpose of the Project Support matching grants is to strengthen our community by supporting exemplary forms of artistic expression, both contemporary and traditional, in the visual arts, the performing arts, literature, media arts and the folk arts as well as to support projects and services provided by organizations whose mission is centered on our cultural, historic, and scientific heritage.

Thirty grant requests were funded through the Project Support category.

Cape Fear Studios: Series Support – ($5,000) This Series Support grant supports Cape Fear Studios’ promotion of their monthly Fourth Friday Exhibits.  Cape Fear Studios offers ten new monthly art exhibits per year including group, juried and solo exhibitions, the marketing of which this grant funds.

Cape Fear Studios: Education – ($4,500) This grant supports weekly classes, workshops and summer camps.

Cape Fear Studios: Summer Youth Program – ($2,000) This grant will support one week of a visual arts camp offered at no cost for up to 25 youth.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation – ($7,000) The Friends of the Cancer Center uses this funding to support the “Artful Reflections” program, an art therapy program for cancer patients and caregivers. The funds support the artist fees for those who provide the weekly therapy sessions. The program reaches an average of 15-20 people each week in regularly scheduled art therapy sessions and many more through special art therapy events.

Communities in Schools – ($10,000) This grant assists with the Yanoff Music Program.  Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will provide classroom visits for 3rd grade students.

Community Concerts of Fayetteville: Cultural Tourism – ($9,000) This grant assists with the cost of marketing the Concert Series regionally.

Community Concerts of Fayetteville: Series Support – ($5,000) In the 81th season of Community Concerts, this grant supports Community Concerts presentation of four concerts during the 2016-2017 series. The organization anticipates multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-cultural and economically diverse audiences at these performances.

Cumberland County Public Library – ($4,000) This grant will support the annual Storytelling Festival which includes performances and activities at all 8 library locations over the course of one week.

Cumberland County Schools – ($4,500) This funding will support the NC Symphony Concert for all 5th grade classes and teacher workshops for three teachers.

Cumberland Oratorio Singers: Series Support – ($5,000) The mission of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers is to present high-quality classical and popular choral music for residents of Cumberland and surrounding counties. This grant supports the Singers’ 25th Anniversary Concert Series of 5 performances.

Cumberland Oratorio Singers: Youth Education – ($1,500) This grant supports the Campbellton Youth Choir..

Downtown Alliance – ($2,700) This grant will support the Busker Program which will include buskers downtown on Fourth Fridays, March-November.

Downtown Alliance – ($5,000) This grant will support the creation of a Tile Mosaic Stair Mural at the new Downtown “Play Art Park”.

Downtown Alliance – ($2,500) This grant will support Temporary Public Art through Downtown Fayetteville.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation: Series Support – ($7,500) With the support of this grant, Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce a series of six art exhibitions during the grant year each with lectures and workshops.  The exhibitions will include work by culturally diverse local, regional, national and international artists.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation: Youth Education – ($4,000) With the support of this grant, Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce “Discovering the Arts” a three week arts program for at-risk youth.

Fayetteville/Cumberland County Parks and Recreation – ($3,500) This grant will support the annual July 1st outdoor concert in partnership with the NC Symphony.

Fayetteville State University: Fine Arts Series Series Support – ($5,000) FSU’s Fine Arts Series was created to inform, enrich, engage and inspire the community. This grant supports a series of programs throughout 2016-2017 that feature gallery exhibits, music, drama and dance events. The Series also includes educational (K-12) and community outreach activities designed to engage and build audiences for the fine and performing artists.

Fayetteville State University – ($6,500) This grant will support the Rosenthal Gallery NAAHBCU Conference.

Fayetteville State University: Sweet Tea Shakespeare Series Support – ($4,000) This grant supports The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Company productions of six Shakespearean plays for general audiences.

Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library, Inc. – ($2,000) This grant supports the Writer’s Workshop which includes a two day workshop plus a Master Class.

Gilbert Theater: Series Support – ($8,500) During the Gilbert Theater’s 2016-2017 season, the organization will present five live stage productions.

Gilbert Theater: Youth Education – ($5,000) This grant supports youth theater education through Gilbert Glee, Summer Acting Camp & After School Programming.

Groundswell Pictures – ($5,000) This youth education grant supports the creation of the Indigo Moon Film Festival.  2016 will be the inaugural year of this three day festival.

Groundswell Pictures – ($3,000)  Grant funds support the MoonShadow Movie Guild, which provides members and the general public with monthly films screenings and filmmaker discussions at the CAMEO Art House Theater.

Methodist University/Friends of  Music – ($2,300) This grant supports the Guest Artist Series which includes four performances offered for both public and CEA students.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation: Series Support – ($5,000) Grant funds support the Museum’s Cultural Palooza V and it’s series of three programs:  Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America, Halloween Revels and Holiday Jubilee.

North Carolina State Ballet – ($4,500) Support from the Arts Council assists the North Carolina State Ballet with a production of the “Nutcracker”, which has been an annual production since 1977.  All fourth graders in Cumberland County schools have the opportunity to learn about the music, history and other information about the “Nutcracker”, and then deepen their knowledge with the live presentation of the fully staged ballet.

Sandhills Family Heritage – ($3,000) Support from the Arts Council will assist Sandills Family Heritage with the Sankofa Festival.  This one day festival highlights African American culture and heritage.

Sustainable Sandhills – ($2,000) This General Support grant supports a concert for you with folksinger Dana Lyons during the celebration of Earth Day.

Regional Artist Project Grant funds are intended to provide financial support to a broad range of exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists by funding a project that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic career.  Each year the grant is awarded to different disciplines – for 2017 the grantees could represent all disciplines.

Artists who currently reside in Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties are eligible to apply.

The following projects received grants for the 2017 year:



Linda Anderson

 Visual Arts – Oil and Pastel

Ann Flaherty

Visual Arts – Fiber Arts

Erik Klaus

Visual Arts – Comic Book Art

Laurie Hamilton

Visual Arts – Graphite

Steven Jones


Joy McGugan

Visual Arts – Mosaic

Saundra Smith Rubiera

Visual Arts – Pencil

Fay Terry

Visual Arts – Oil





The Arts Council partners with the Cumberland County and Fort Bragg area schools and a variety of individual artists, artist companies and local arts agencies to build collaborations between schools and cultural resources.  

Artists in Schools is a matching grant program for artist residencies, assembly performances or workshops. Artists available for this program are listed in the Artists in Schools Directory published yearly by the Arts Council.  The Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program is supported in part by the Cumberland County Schools and the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

Schools participating in the program are listed below:

  • A.B. Wilkins High School
  • Alma O Easom School
  • Benjamin Martin Elementary School
  • Brentwood Elementary
  • Capitol Encore Academy
  • Cape Fear High School
  • Cliffdale Elementary School
  • Cross Creek Early College High School
  • Cumberland Int’l Early College High School
  • Cumberland  Polytechnic High School
  • District 7 Elementary School
  • Douglas Byrd High School
  • E.E. Miller Elementary School
  • E.E. Smith High School
  • Eastover Central Elementary School
  • Ed V Baldwin Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School
  • Fayetteville Academy
  • Gallberry Farm Elementary School
  • Glendale Acres Elementary School
  • Gordon Elementary School
  • Gray’s Creek High School
  • Hampton Primary School
  • Howard Hall Elementary School
  • Irwin Middle School
  • Jack Britt High School
  • John Griffin Middle School
  • Lillian Black Elementary School
  • Margaret Willis Elementary School
  • Mary McArthur Elementary School
  • Massey Hill Classical High School
  • Max Abbott Middle School
  • New Century International Middle School
  • Pine Forest High School
  • Raleigh Road Elementary School
  • Ramsey Street High School
  • Reid Ross Classical High School
  • Seventy-First Classical Middle School
  • Seventy-First High School
  • Sherwood Park Elementary School
  • South View High School
  • St Ann’s Catholic School
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic School
  • Stoney Point Elementary School
  • Terry Sanford High School
  • Village Christian Academy (9-12)
  • Village Christian Academy (K-5)
  • Westover High School