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Community Recognition Award honors the Arts Council as Industry/Business 2023 Award recipient

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Editorial by Christy McNeil, Director of Marketing

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission recently announced its Community Recognition Awards. The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) has been named the Industry/Business 2023 Award recipient for services provided in promoting positive human relations in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

The Human Relations Commission recognized the Arts Council’s effort in making the community a better, more harmonious place to live, work, and recreate. The honor highlights the Arts Council’s Equal Employment Opportunity program, its commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, its training seminars and direction for upward mobility, and efforts to expand the Arts Council’s grant programs to target underrepresented groups and individuals in Cumberland County.

“It is such an honor to have been selected for this award and for others to see the Arts Council’s efforts to improve the workplace for our staff and expanding opportunities for all in our community”, says Bob Pinson, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council. “A special thanks goes to Kennon Jackson, Executive Vice President of the Arts Council, our incredible staff, our entire Board of Trustees, and to our HR/DEAI Committee members for all the work that has been put into making our organization better every day. Together, we all can make a positive difference in our world.”

Community Award categories included the:

  • Youth Award

  • Humanitarian Award

  • Industry/Business Award

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Individual Award

  • Educator Award

  • Military Award

  • Religious Leader Award

  • Organization Award

In addition, the Arts Council congratulates our current Board of Trustees member, Dr. Kenjuana McCray, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Fayetteville Technical Community College, for receiving the Educator Award from the Human Relations Commission.

The award ceremony will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens on February 15, 2023, from 11am to 1pm. Tickets are available to purchase before February 8th at the Human Relations Department, located at 225 Ray Ave, Suite 100, Fayetteville, NC.


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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