$72,976 in Artist Support Grants awarded to 38 emerging, midcareer, and established regional artists
Updated: Oct 21
[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (ACFCC) has awarded $72,976 in Artist Support Grant funds to thirty-eight emerging, midcareer, and established regional artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties for new and continuing projects that take place in 2022-2023, following an award cycle with more than $94,000 in requests from forty-nine artist applicants.
Funded through the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the Artist Support Grant initiative makes awards in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties in partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council, the Sampson County Arts Council, and the Scotland County Arts Council/Storytelling Center of the Southeast. For the 2022-2023 award cycle, the ACFCC leveraged NCAC support with an additional $50,000 grant from the NEA, resulting in an 160% increase in artists support over prior year, and a record setting cycle of direct artists support for the ACFCC.
The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support and professional development for artists at all stages of their careers who work in visual arts, crafts, performing arts, traditional, or interdisciplinary art forms. Awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 will enhance these artists’ skills and abilities to create work, improve business operations in their discipline, and/or build their capacity to bring their work to new audiences.
2022-2023 Artist Support Grant Recipients:
Carole Blaney | Robeson | Visual Arts
Lejuane Bowen | Cumberland | Writing
Aliyah Buntrock | Sampson | Crafts
Skyler Cason | Sampson | Visual Arts
Danica Cho | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Leanne Coutouzis | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Michael Daughtry | Sampson | Music
Matthew Day | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Britney Deveault | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Jeremy Fiebig | Cumberland | Theater Arts
Iesha Ford | Robeson | Visual Arts
Adam Griffiths | Cumberland | Music
Wendi Griffiths | Cumberland | Music
Latisha Harden | Cumberland | Music
Alexandra Hutchison | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Kia Jones | Cumberland | Crafts
Karena Kimble | Robeson | Crafts
Josiah King | Sampson | Visual Arts
Wendy Locklear | Robeson | Crafts
Damien Lugo | Cumberland | Music
Donna Marlowe | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Judah Marshall | Cumberland | Music
Miles McKeller-Smith | Cumberland | Writing
Karina McMillan | Hoke | Visual Arts
Abir Mohsen | Robeson | Visual Arts
Deborah Murph Jacobs | Cumberland | Crafts
Michael Pearce | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Brittany Pittman | Cumberland | Writing
Tatiana Pless | Cumberland | Theater Arts
Naomi Raber | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Derek Roscher | Sampson | Crafts
Raul Rubiera | Cumberland | Visual Arts
Angela Scott | Robeson | Visual Arts
Mia Sgambellone | Cumberland | Music
Kendrix Singletary | Robeson | Music
Joseph Van Hassel | Scotland | Music
Kia Walker | Cumberland | Other
Ayana Washington | Cumberland | Music
In total, forty-nine artists submitted applications requesting $94,000 in grant funds. A review panel of professional artists specializing in music, theater, craft, writing, and visual arts disciplines led by an ACFCC Board Trustee awarded $72,976 to thirty-eight artists in the five-county region. Grant funds may be used for projects that include:
Completion or Presentation of a New Work
Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies, equipment, or space rental).
Projects aimed at advertising an artist’s work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation).
Costs to attend a class or workshop aimed at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium).
Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research.
For more information about grants and subsidy programs, visit TheArtsCouncil.com/grants or contact:
Director of Grants and Allocations
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