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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: $235,000 – 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 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. by providing artistic excellence, vibrant education programs, and active community partnerships, the Symphony seeks to remain a cultural leader of arts programming in the city and surrounding communities.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden: $60,000 – 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. 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.

Twenty-four grant requests were funded through the Project Support category.

Action Pathways ($4,800)

Head Start children will benefit from this funding through participation in the Sounds of Music Program by attending workshops taught by musicians with Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. These workshops will give 162 four year old children the opportunity to reinforce concepts like counting and working together via engaging with musicians.

Cape Fear Studios ($11,500)

Cape Fear Studios is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) 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 ($4,600)

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 art sessions. The program reaches an average of 15-20 people each week.

City of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Parks and Recreation ($5,500)

This grant supports the annual Independence Day concert in Festival Park.  The concert features performances by the 82nd Airborne Band and Chorus as well as a fireworks display.

Communities in Schools ($9,000)

This grant funds artists fees associated with the Yanoff Music Program, which provides all third grade students in Cumberland County Schools with a classical concert experience.  Additionally, this project brings a trio of symphony musicians into 27 classrooms throughout the county for a hands-on musical experience.

Community Concerts ($15,000)

Community Concerts is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.   This grant will support Community Concerts’ series including ZZ Top, Dirty Dancing, Riverdance, The Commodores and the Illusionists. 

Cumberland County Public Library ($5,100)

This grant supports “Your Passport to the World”, a storytelling festival that integrates international folktales, oral storytelling, and puppetry through a celebration of world cultures.  This year, the festival expands beyond its typical week-long schedule to encompass a whole month of festival programs at all 8 library locations in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County Schools ($4,200)

Cumberland County Schools received funding in support of their Very Special Arts Festival, an arts festival for special needs students enrolled in Cumberland County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s program.  An estimated 2,000 students will be involved with the festival, which has arts and craft activities as well as performance opportunities for the students. 

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’ 26th Concert Series of 3 performances.

Cumberland Oratorio Singers:  Youth Education ($2,000)

This grant supports artist fees associated with the Campbellton Youth Chorus, which is open to all Cumberland County and Sandhills region youth ages 9 through 14. Through a wide variety of high-quality choral music, both sacred and secular, the CYC provides vocal development, music literacy, and unique performance opportunities. 

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Series Support ($3,800)

With the support of this grant, Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce a series of five art exhibitions during the grant year, several of which will be supported 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 ($1,800)

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce their “Discovering the Arts” program for at-risk youth with the support of this grant. The Discovering the Arts program includes a summer program in partnership with Fayetteville State University as well as the E3 Mural program, a summer public art and youth employment program.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Organizational Development ($7,500)

This Organizational Development grant provides salary support for the development of a new permanent professional position at the organization.  The grant will support the salary of an administrative support staff for the organization.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum ($1,602)

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 250 individual students throughout the year.

Fayetteville State University – Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($7,500)

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will produce six plays throughout the community with the support of this grant.  The 2017/2018 season will include Cymbeline, King Lear, MidsummerLIT, Songs for a New World, Jane Eyre, The Tempest and Pericles. 

Fayetteville State University – Rosenthal Gallery ($3,500)

This grant supports expenses associated with an exhibition in Fayetteville State University’s Rosenthal Gallery, which celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the University.  The exhibition will use history, humanities and the arts to celebrate the University’s 150th year.

Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library ($2,000)

This grant supports the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library’s Writer’s Workshop at the Headquarters Library on November 4-5, 2017.  This event includes presentations by several professional writers and is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Theater ($15,000)

The Gilbert Theater is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.  This grant supports the theater’s educational programs as well as their Main Stage productions throughout the year.

Groundswell Pictures – Indigo Moon Film Festival ($8,000)

This cultural tourism grant supports the Indigo Moon Film Festival, which is a three day celebration of film that takes place October 13-15, 2017.  Films are shown in four venues in downtown Fayetteville, with additional supporting discussions and events throughout the Festival. 

Groundswell Pictures – Shooting Stars Film Camp ($1,000)

This grant was awarded in support of the Shooting Stars Film Camp, a one week summer camp that teaches youth (10-17 years old) about filmmaking and how to create and edit their own films through hands-on learning and instruction.

Methodist University – Friends of Music ($2,300)

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 accompanying programming for students at Capital Encore Academy in downtown Fayetteville.

Methodist University – McCune Gallery ($7,500)

Marketing expenses are supported through grant funds for the exhibition “The Story of Exodus”.  The exhibition contains 24 original lithographs by Marc Chagall, and will run from February through April 2018 at the McCune Gallery at Methodist University. 

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation ($10,000)

This grant supports artist fees and contracts for the Museum of the Cape Fear’s History Live! program, which includes the Festival of Yesteryear, Halloween Trick or Treat, Halloween Night Tours at the Poe House and Holiday Jubilee.

North Carolina State Ballet ($5,000)

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.  In addition to the 2 performances for CCS students, this grant also supports 1 performance for Ft. Bragg school students and 2 public performances.

St. Ann’s Neighborhood Youth Center ($1,600)

Grants funds support the Youth Center’s “How Are You Art Smart?” program which provides disadvantaged youth with exposure to the arts through programming with Cape Fear Regional Theater and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.

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 2018 year:



Anthony Aycock


James Bass

Visual Arts 

Owen Eddy


Christian Happel

Visual Arts

Lee Jean, Jr.


Caroline Morrozoff

Literary/Visual Arts

Brandi Neighbors

Visual Arts

Kaela Nommay

Visual Arts 

Vilas Tonape Visual Arts
Eean Tyson Literary
Angelina Woehr Visual Arts




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:

  • Alderman Road Elementary School
  • Alma Easom Elementary School
  • Anne Chestnut Middle School
  • Bill Hefner Elementary School
  • Brentwood Elementary
  • Cliffdale Elementary School
  • Cumberland County AIG K-2 (includes all 52 elementary schools)
  • Cumberland County AIG High School (includes all 17 high schools)
  • Cumberland Int’l Early College
  • Devers Elementary School
  • E.E. Miller Elementary School
  • Eastover Central Elementary School
  • Ed Baldwin Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School
  • Fayetteville Academy
  • Glendale Acres Elementary School
  • Gordon Elementary School
  • Gray’s Creek High School
  • Hampton Primary School
  • Howard Hall Classical Elementary School
  • Irwin Intermediate School
  • Jack Britt High School
  • Lillian Black Elementary School
  • Manchester Elementary School
  • Margaret Willis Elementary School
  • Mary McArthur Elementary School
  • R. Max Abbott Middle School
  • Seventy First Classical Middle School
  • Sherwood Park Elementary School
  • St Ann’s Catholic School
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic School
  • Stoney Point Elementary School
  • Terry Sanford High School
  • Van Story Hills Elementary School
  • Village Christian Academy (Elem/Mid)
  • Village Christian Academy (High)
  • W H Owen Elementary School