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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Awards $29,375 in Mini Grants

Fayetteville, N.C. – When the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s leadership first set aside a small budget for an annual Mini Grants Program in 2019, they had no idea the program would grow to the magnitude and impact it now has in 2023.

Michael Houck, who has served as the Arts Council’s Director of Grants & Allocations for more than two years, believes it was the artists and small nonprofit organizations’ collective struggle during the pandemic that proved the need to grow the Mini Grants Program and validated its worth to the Cumberland County community.

From its first-time budget of about $5,000 to now an annual budget of $150,000, the Arts Council has quickly responded to the growing demand for these grants and now offers them on a quarterly basis to not just individual artists, but also to nonprofit organizations, municipal entities, and institutions of higher education.

For first quarter FY24, the Arts Council has awarded a total of $29,375 dollars in Mini Grants to four nonprofit organizations and nine individual artists in Cumberland County. These grantees include the following.

Nonprofit Organizations

Artist Village Community Theatre will produce their inaugural theater production of War of the Worlds: A Radio Play in Hope Mills, NC. Date of Project : October 27-28 at 7:00 p.m.; October 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Friendship Community Garden will present “Fostering Community through Botanical Arts,” a community garden event to include Coop Lot tours, art material collection, and three activities with in-season plants: botanical dyeing, seed paper crafting, and dried flower stickers. Date of Project : 11/04/23

NC One Love Unity will present “Reggae Sunday” at the Stadium Event Center patio in downtown Fayetteville, featuring local reggae musical acts and interactive Carnival dance performances. Date of Project : 10/29/23

Vision Resource Center will present the Creative Expressions project, which involves VRC Staff, consumers, and creative artists collaborating to enhance the VRC Walking Trail with vibrant artwork and a sensory garden, making it inclusive and accessible, especially for the visually impaired. Date of Project : 03/27/24 at 10:00 a.m.

Individual Artists

Andrew Brooks will host workshops for local filmmakers focusing on scriptwriting, acting, and

producing. The workshops will culminate in the creation of a 30-minute short film for public viewing. Funds will be used for venue rental, production supply, and actor stipends. Date of Project : 10/01/23

Lawrence Bullock III will host and perform at a Spoken Word showcase featuring three local spoken word artists. The event will also feature a book signing by the artist. Funds will be used for contracted artist fees, marketing, and book purchasing. Date of Project : 12/2/23

Patsy Crawford will paint a large-scale mural along Person Street on the side of Sweet Palette. Funds will be used for artist fees, pressure washing and wall preparation, and paint supplies.

Michele Falls will lead a workshop targeted at BIPOC mothers where participants will create their own eco-printed scarf. Funds will be used for art supplies, contracted artist fees, childcare services, and marketing. Date of Project : 12/01/23

Timothy French will paint 40 portraits of Fayetteville residences based on the diversity in current census population data. Funds will be used for a printed exhibition catalog, frames, web hosting, and prints. Date of Project : TBD

Hard Camo Fete Dance Troupe will perform cultural dances with a focus on Carnival in multiple public venues this fall. Funds will be used for costuming materials, a choreographer, videographer, designer, and marketing. Date of Project : 10/15/23

Tehya Jenae will photograph artists working and present the photos in a virtual exhibit. Funds will be

used for web design/hosting and artist applicant fee. Date of Project : 12/4/23

Crystal Styles will lead an artist showcase called Redemption Volume 4 in November at the Rainbow Room. The showcase will feature an MC, DJ, mini fashion show, and live painting. Funds will be used for venue rental, contracted artist stipends, marketing, and artist applicant fee. Date of Project : 11/10/23

Anedra Walls will host the I AM PLUS Fashion Show, featuring plus-sized models and local fashion designers. Funds will be used for venue rental, musicians, designer stipends, and make-up. Date of Project : 11/11/23

Note the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is currently accepting applications for its second quarter FY24 Mini Grants Program through Nov. 1, 2023, and applicants may learn more about those grant guidelines, frequently asked questions, and more on their website: For regular updates on the Arts Council, follow this organization on Facebook (@ArtsCouncilFay) or Instagram (@artscouncilfay).



The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that connects our communities, embraces diversity, promotes individual creativity, advances economic development, and fosters lifelong learning through the arts. As the primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural and history activities in the Cape Fear Region, the Arts Council and the agencies it supports are known for the core values of excellence, accountability, transparency, collaboration, and innovation.

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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