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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County to Receive $20,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts

Funding will support a new residency program for regional artists

Fayetteville, N.C. – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) award.

This grant will support a new Regional Residential Artist Program, which is the first residency opportunity offered through the Arts Council. In total, the NEA will award 958 GAP awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

President and CEO of the Arts Council, Bob Pinson, expressed his enthusiasm surrounding the grant announcement. “I would like to thank Michael Houck of our staff for seeking out this funding and am thrilled that the NEA has once again recognized the great work of The Arts Council,” said Pinson.  “We believe that the Regional Residential Artist Program is a giant step forward in promoting the individual creativity of the artists in our region."

Leveraging the grassroots investments in the NC Arts Council’s Artist Support Grant Program, the Arts Council will seek one mid-career visual artist living in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, or Scotland county for a residency at the Arts Council’s home on Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville.

Supervised by Arts Council staff providing artistic and professional guidance, Residential Artists will participate in and execute programming with both the Arts Education and Operations Departments.

More information regarding the program and application process will be available in the coming weeks. 

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

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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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