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Grant and Funding Recipients

For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, community organizations were awarded a total of $652,429 in grants and funding by the Arts Council.

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 awards fall into four categories: Operating Support(CORE) Grants, Project Support Grants, Regional Artists Project Grants and Artists in Schools Subsidies. Below are the award details of each of the 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): $135,000 – 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: $75,000 – 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.

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

Cape Fear Studios ($10,000)

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 ($2,000)

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

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($6,000)

The Foundation will use this funding to support a new initiative to hire an art therapist for in-patient programs at the Behavioral Health Center. The program expects to provide three 1-hour sessions each week for 20 weeks. As a pilot program, the Foundation will monitor the program for possible use in other areas of in-patient care.

City of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Parks and Recreation ($6,000)

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 ($2,500)

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 12 classrooms throughout the county for a hands-on musical experience.

Community Concerts ($18,500)

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 Michael McDonald Holiday & Hits Show, Three Dog Night, Choir of Man, AMERICA, and The O’Jays.

Crossroads Outreach Alternative Program Ministries ($2,800)

This grant was awarded to support artists fees and supplies for Art Exp’sion. The after-school program is open to students K-12. Students rotate through five arts experiences every 35 minutes including: music theory, piano instructions, poetry and drama, seasonal themes, and painting on canvas.

Cumberland County Public Library ($5,000)

The grant supports the Storytelling Festival takes place in March 2019 and is for all ages. This year’s theme is Storytelling Through Movement. Programs are literacy-based and will include hands-on activities and crafts. As a free festival, these programs increase opportunities for children and their families to experience live theatre and professional performers at each library location.

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’ 27th Concert Series of 4 performances: A Night of Jazz, Christmas concert, A Night With the Masters, and A Night of Stage and Screen.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Series Support ($3,100)

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:  Organizational Development ($3,100)

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 ($1,600)

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 – Performing and Fine Arts Department ($6,000)

This grant supports the Fine Arts Series including an art exhibit entitled, "Call It Black-Photography from 1930’s-present", FSU Day of Brass with Seraph Brass (A Female Brass Quintet) that includes workshops for area students, the 2nd Annual FSU Jazz Weekend with Tia Fuller that includes a clinic open to area jazz musicians, and the FSU Theatre production of "Home" by Samm Art Williams including guest artist workshop.

Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library ($1,000)

This grant supports the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library’s new program, Artrepreneur @ Your Library. The program offers participants the opportunity to learn from experts on multiple topics including how to use social media to promote your business, how small business taxes work, grant opportunities available for artists of all disciplines and how to start your business, as well as sessions with a who will offer expert advice and answer questions. The program is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Theater ($18,500)

The Gilbert Theater is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support. This grant supports the theater’s educational programs as well as their Main Stage productions throughout the year. The 2018-2019 season includes: Godspell, It’s A Wonderful Life, Doubt, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and The Laramie Project.

Groundswell Pictures – Indigo Moon Film Festival ($6,400)

This cultural tourism grant supports the Indigo Moon Film Festival, which is a three-day celebration of film that takes place October 12-14, 2018.  Films are shown in four venues in downtown Fayetteville, with additional supporting discussions and events throughout the Festival.

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 ($7,200)

Marketing expenses are supported through grant funds for the exhibition featuring original works by the Andy Warhol on a range of themes and includes 35 silkscreens and 1 drawing. The exhibition will run from February through April 2019 at the McCune Gallery at Methodist University.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation ($9,000)

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.

Our Passion Lives and Creative Experiences  (Our P.L.A.C.E.) ($6,000)

This grant supports the 2019 Southern Fried Poetry Slam hosted for the first time in Fayetteville. Multiple events such as slams, workshops and open mics will take place in a variety of venues during June 5-8, 2019.

St. Constantine and Helen Greek Church ($3,000)

Grants funds support 28th Annual Greek Festival, Sept 7-9, 2018. The festival features Greek arts, culture and history and offers a variety of entertainment and educational opportunities.


Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($8,000)

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will produce six plays throughout the community with the support of this grant.  The 2018-2019 season includes: The Comedy of Errors, OtheLit, Behold! A Christmas Cantata, Sweeny Todd, Maid Marian, and Richard III and the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Have more questions? Contact Margo Jarvis, Research/Analysis & Special Projects Director at (910) 323-1776  ext. 222,

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 2019 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 2019 year:

Name County Discipline  
Lisa Downey Moore Visual - Painting  
Smantha Henneke Montgomery Visual - Pottery  
James Johnson Moore Literary - Audio Storytelling  
Kyra Rodriguez Lee Visual - Photography  
Roxana Ross Robeson Literary  
Raul Rubiera Cumberland Visual - Film  
Anthony Valazquez Cumberland Music  
Nanette Zeller Moore Visual - Textiles  


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 subsidy 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:

  • 71st Classical Middle School
  • Alpha Academy
  • Ben Martin Elementary
  • Bill Hefner Elementary
  • Brentwood Elementary
  • C. Wayne Collier Elementary
  • Capitol Encore Academy
  • Cliffdale Elementary
  • College Lakes Elementary
  • Cross Creek Early College
  • Cumberland County Schools AIG (High Schools) – includes all 17 CCS High Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools AIG (Middle Schools) – includes all 18 CCS Middle Schools
  • Devers Elementary
  • E.E. Miller Elementary
  • Eastover Central Elementary
  • Ed Baldwin Elementary
  • Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary
  • Fayetteville Academy
  • Glendale Acres Elementary
  • Gordon Elementary School
  • J.W. Seabrook Elementary School
  • Jack Britt High School
  • Kimberly Hampton Primary School
  • Lillian Black Elementary
  • Margaret Willis Elementary
  • Mary Mc Arthur Elementary
  • Max Abbott Middle School
  • Montclair Elementary
  • Pine Forest High School
  • Shughart Middle School
  • SouthView Middle School
  • St. Ann Catholic School
  • St. Patrick Catholic School
  • Stedman Primary School
  • Stoney Point Elementary
  • Stoney Point Elementary
  • VanStory Hills Elementary
  • W.H. Owen Elementary