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Arts Council receives $2,120 Community Foundation grant for DEAI professional development

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) is the recipient of a $2,120 grant awarded through the Faces in the Community Endowment of the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF) for professional development in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI).

“The Arts Council is committed to incorporating DEAI in all of its programs which include our grantmaking practices,” says Michael Curtis Houck, Director of Grants and Allocations for the Arts Council. “One primary way to expand these efforts in the community is to provide professional development to organizations that lead programs which receive grant support from the Arts Council.”

The Faces in the Community Endowment of the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc is a field-of-interest fund created to promote global awareness, interconnectedness, and awareness of differences among residents of Cumberland County. With support from the CCF, all program leaders are required to attend DEAI Learning Workshops hosted at The Arts Center before receiving funds from their 2022-23 Project Support Grant. Selected to lead the workshops is CBK Enterprises, an intersectional consulting firm that focuses on racial and gender equity through training, strategic planning, and assessment.

For FY2023, the Arts Council has awarded $274,930.00 to 18 Cumberland County organizations through the Project Support Grant program for twenty-five community enriching cultural programs and events.

For more information about the Arts Council’s grant programs or policies, visit or contact:

Michael Curtis Houck

910-323-1776 ext 1008



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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