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29 Regional Artists Received $28,120 In Grant Funds For Artistic And Professional Development

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County (ACFCC) has awarded $28,120 in Artist Support Grant funding to twenty-nine emerging and established artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties for projects that take place in 2022.

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to emerging and established artists in the five-county region who work in visual arts, crafts, performing arts, traditional, or interdisciplinary art forms. Awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 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.

2021-2022 Artist Support Grant Recipients:

Miranda Ackerley | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Laura Adams | Scotland | Crafts

Sarah Albritton | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Elzena Anderson | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Anthony Aycock | Robeson | Writing

Devorah Buntrock | Sampson | Crafts

Sandi Carter | Robeson | Crafts

Carlos Castilla | Cumberland | Music

Katherine Coule | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Brian Daughtry | Sampson | Crafts

Keith Dippre | Cumberland | Music

James Gonzalez | Cumberland | Music

Carla Guzman | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Toya Hall | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Wayland House | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Julie Houston | Cumberland | Crafts

Lynn Linnemeier | Robeson | Visual Arts

Soni Martin | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Brandon McLean | Cumberland | Music

Kendreek Mitchell | Robeson | Visual Arts

Gail Morfesis | Cumberland | Theatre

Daniel Ravel | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Carolyn Rose-Grayson | Cumberland | Visual Arts

Saundra Rubiera | Cumberland | Writing

Philina Steiner | Hoke | Crafts

Maura Trice | Hoke | Visual Arts

Amanda Virelles | Cumberland | Music

Skip Walker | Cumberland | Music

Matthew Wright | Cumberland | Music

In total, thirty-six artists submitted their applications requesting $35,382 in grant funds. A review panel of six professional artists specializing in music, theater, craft, writing, and visual arts disciplines led by an Arts Council Board Trustee awarded $28,120 to twenty-nine artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties.

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).


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).


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

The Artist Support Grant is funded through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council. The ACFCC manages the grant initiative on behalf of the Robeson County Arts Council, the Sampson County Arts Council, and the Scotland County Arts Council/Storytelling Center of the Southeast.

For more information about grants and allocations, contact:

Michael Houck

Director of Grants and Allocations


Marketing & Public Relations:

Christy McNeil

Director of Marketing



The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (ACFCC)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.

Founded in 1973, the ACFCC has served as a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the greater community by administering programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate economic growth, reinforce child education through the arts, and enhance the cultural identity of the arts and entertainment district.

In the year 2020-21, the ACFCC distributed $1.1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities. Grants, programs, and services of the ACFCC 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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