$27,800 of Arts Council’s Mini Grant funding to support local cultural arts projects

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) completed its second quarter Mini Grant cycle awarding $27,800 to four nonprofit organizations and ten contracted artists in Cumberland County to support their various local cultural arts projects that will take place through 2023.



Awarded quarterly, twenty-nine applications were submitted for the September 15, 2022, Mini Grant cycle requesting just over $58,000 to fund arts, culture, and history projects in Cumberland County. An Artist Panel reviewed individual artist applications while the Board of Trustees Grants Assessment Committee, chaired by Dr. Kenjuana McCray, reviewed nonprofit applications and recommendations from the Artist Panel. Fourteen applications were recommended for funding. On October 11, 2022, the Arts Council’s Board of Trustees accepted the recommendations and awarded $27,800 in Mini Grants to fourteen applicants.


“Mini Grants continue to reach deeper into our community,” says Sarah Busman, Arts Education Manager for the Arts Council. “This group of projects represent a diverse collection of artistic and cultural disciplines, from performing artists to crafters, literary artists to musicians.”


Created in 2019, the Mini Grant program has offered unique access to project funding for professional artists and nonprofit organizations in Cumberland County in support of public creative arts, culture, or history-based projects, activities, and events. Awards range from $500 to $3,000 and are supported in part by the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the North Carolina Arts Council. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, the Arts Council will disburse $130,000 throughout Cumberland County for Mini Grant funded cultural arts programs. The deadline to apply for the next Mini Grant cycle is on November 15, 2022, for projects starting December 15, 2022.

 

2022-2023 Second Quarter Mini Grant projects:


NONPROFITS


Artist Village Community Theatre

Mini Grant funds will be used to provide fees for an accompanist, rehearsal space, and sheet music for their Community Choir in Hope Mills.


Dogwood Festival

Mini Grant funds will be used to pay the artist fee for Casey T. Cotton, one of the members of Blazin’ Keys Dueling Pianos, at the Fall Dogwood Battle of the Bands.


FTCC Foundation

Mini Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees for Brittany Devault to paint a mural on the rolling door of their Success Closet.


John D. Fuller Recreational / Athletic Complex

Mini Grant funds will be used for arts and craft items, marketing, and fees for cultural professionals for their ‘Tis the Season Event in December 2022.



CONTRACTED ARTISTS


Ace Brown

Mini Grant funds will be used to provide marketing and hire local comedians and a DJ for his Comedy Night.


Danica Cho

Mini Grant funds will be used for printing, marketing, and an outdoor vending box for "Cheez Spread," a Comic Book based on Army life.


Nikki Creecy

Mini Grant funds will be used to hire local musicians and recording technicians for a Holiday Concert.


Jason Dooney

Mini Grant funds will be used to purchase a 3D printer to grow his capacity as an artist and to start a community 3D printer club.


Jeremy Fiebig

Mini Grant funds will be used to hire a local editor, designer, and marketer for his book “Controlled Burn.”


Dona Marlowe

Mini Grant funds will be used to purchase frames and prints for a series of photographs of youth called “I Am Somebody Too.”


Damien Mathis

Mini Grant funds will be used for resin to begin work on a resin and found material sculpture.


Tishana Oates

Mini Grant funds will be used for art materials for her paint and sip event in November.


Jimmy Roman

Mini Grant funds will be used to hire local musicians and purchase a subwoofer for live performances with

his band Sonido Tropical.


Raul R. Rubiera

Mini Grant funds will be used to purchase a kiln and filament for his bronze and copper sculpture.

 

APPLY FOR A MINI GRANT


Interested applicants that meet eligibility requirements may apply for a Mini Grant from the Arts Council. The NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022. Download the complete Mini Grant Guidelines and Application at www.theartscouncil.com/mini-grants.


ATTEND UPCOMING MINI GRANT WORKSHOP - INFO SESSION


The Mini Grant Workshop is an informational session to learn about the Grant Application Process, Program Guidelines, Workshop Writing Samples, and Q&A. RSVP is required to attend.


Individual Artist Applicants:

Monday, November 7, 2022

5:30 PM

The Arts Center, 301 Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville


Nonprofits and Municipal Entity Applicants:

Monday, November 7, 2022

12:00 NOON

Zoom


Questions or to register for a workshop, contact:

Sarah Busman, Arts Education Manager

SarahB@theartscouncil.com

910-323-1776 ext 1011

 

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County


The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation. theartscouncil.com


In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.


Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, 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. ncarts.org

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