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Arts Council Receives NEA Grant

(Fayetteville, NC) May 29, 2018 — In a boost to public art in our communities, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Specifically, the funding will help support the development of a public art master plan for gateways into the City of Fayetteville, and the commissioning of up to two site-specific works to launch the plan. The Arts Council is partnering with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation and the Gateways Committee on the project.

“The Arts Council is honored by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which will go far in furthering a vision for energizing our community with public art,” said Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “We look forward to working with the NEA and are appreciative of the agency’s support of this project.”

“We are grateful to be receiving this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” says Michael Gibson, Director of Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation. “This grant further supports our vision of placing artwork throughout our City.” 

In a press release, NEA Chairman Jane Chu said the Arts Council’s “Art Works” award is part of more than $80 million in grants in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are." 

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit


The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. 

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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.