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$605,000 in Arts Council Grant Funding Bolsters Cumberland County Cultural Arts Agencies



Sweet Tea Shakespeare Performance
Sweet Tea Shakespeare perform "Little Women"


Fayetteville, N.C. – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to announce continued support for Cumberland County cultural arts programming with general operating support to five organizations through the Cultural Organization Resource (C.O.RE.) totaling $605,000. 


Cultural Organization Resource Grants (C.O.RE.) may be awarded to arts-focused nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community, whose programming is a proven economic force within Cumberland County, and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term sustainability. 


"General operating support is crucial to cultural organizations like those funded through the CORE grant” says Michael Curtis Houck, Director of Grants and Allocations. “It allows these institutions to sustainably manage day-to-day operations, from administrative needs to artistic programming, fostering an environment where creativity flourishes and community engagement thrives.” 


“Fifty years ago the Junior League saw potential in the newly formed Arts Council and provided a $3,000 grant for organizational support,” says Bob Pinson, President/CEO. “I am so proud that today the Arts Council is able to provide similar support in a huge way to our growing cultural community.”


By investing in general operating support, the Arts Council ensures the long-term stability and growth of our cultural landscape, creating opportunities for artistic excellence and enriching the lives of residents across Cumberland County. C.O.RE. Grants are awarded to fund projects for the following organizations:


Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s (CFBG) mission is to create and sustain a national caliber institution with gardens and programs of exceptional quality. They aim to  be the premier destination in the region for people to connect with nature and to expand their horizons through educational and cultural programs.


Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s (CFRT) believes in the power of storytelling and the visceral impact of live theatre. CFRT strives for the highest standards of excellence in our artistic work, educational offerings, and outreach efforts, and provides the region a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences and grow as a community.


Cool Spring Downtown District

Cool Spring Downtown District (CSDD) exists to create and sustain an Arts and Entertainment District while fostering economic vitality in Fayetteville’s urban core. CSDD has a vision to be a vibrant center of artistic, cultural, civic and commercial activity; a place where people live, work, frequently visit and loyally patronize; and a robust generator of economic prosperity for all residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.


Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s (FSO) mission is to educate, entertain and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as a leading musical resource. By providing artistic excellence, vibrant education programs, and active community partnerships, FSO seeks to remain a cultural leader of arts programming in the city and surrounding communities.


Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Sweet Tea Shakespeare (STS) gathers diverse communities around a common table to delight in the magic of story, song, and stagecraft. STS’s work is inspired by their community and the early modern tradition that helped to create Shakespeare. STS carries that inspiration forward by creating simple, elemental, magical productions full of rich story, language, character, belonging, charm, and music.


Funding for C.O.RE. Cumberland County Occupancy Tax, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County. Additional funds are provided through the generous support of sponsors and individual tax deductible donations to the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.


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