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$72,976 in Artist Support Grants awarded to 38 emerging, midcareer, and established regional artists

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

[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).

  • Career Promotion

Projects aimed at advertising an artist’s work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation).

  • Training

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).

  • Travel

Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research.

For more information about grants and subsidy programs, visit or contact:

Michael Houck

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.

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.


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