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In Arts Council History...
 
  • 1973 May: Arts Council held its first Sunday-On-The-Square, a downtown street arts festival and fundraiser to hire a director and establish the organization.
  • 1975: Arts Council completed its first full year of operation. Staff grew from one to four. Offices were in a building more than a century old known as the “Arsenal House".
  • 1975 Spring: Launch of Spectra, North Carolina’s first community arts magazine.
  • 1987 November: Arts Council moved offices into 301 Hay Street. Location was originally a post office, later a library, and now known as The Arts Center.
  • 2000 Fall: Arts Council produced the International Folk Festival and launched the inaugural A Dickens Holiday. 
  • 2011: Arts Council conducted the Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey, which demonstrated a $53.7 million economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in Cumberland County.
  • 2012 November 23: Arts Council welcomed special guest Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of icon Charles Dickens, from Oxford, England, to the 13th Annual A Dickens Holiday. 
  • 2013 March: 1,446 students were among approximately 5,600 visitors who attended the “Anne Frank: A History For Today” gallery at The Arts Center on loan from the Anne Frank Center in New York. 
  • 2013: On behalf of the City and County, Arts Council hired a firm to conduct a feasibility study for a Cultural Arts Center facility.
  • 2015 July: Arts Council contracted with the Cultural Planning Group to study and consult the development of a Downtown Arts & Entertainment District Plan and a Public Art Plan.
  • 2016 September: Arts Council celebrated its 38th Annual International Folk Festival with more than 100,000 attendees in downtown Fayetteville.
  • 2016: Arts Council passed a milestone of more than $11 million in direct funding to support the community through cultural arts programs and services. 
  • 2017: Arts Council facilitated the development of a Downtown Arts & Entertainment District in the city's core.
  • Today: Arts Council continues to publish opportunities for artists, as well as promote the community’s arts, cultural, and historical activities through its Cultural Calendar.