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At the Arts Council, We Are the Arts means enriching lives and making our community a better place to live, work and visit. For members and donors, your greatest reward is the fact that you play a part … an essential part … in making it all happen. Together we can have a powerful and far-reaching impact.

Last year alone, your investments back into the community touched nearly 681,000 lives through programs and events we produced or funded. Through Arts Education, we reached thousands of students in 53 schools throughout Cumberland County and Fort Bragg.

Each year, more than 100,000 local residents and visitors experience the rich cultural diversity of our community at the International Folk Festival. More than 20,000 people come together for the heartfelt celebration at A Dickens Holiday, which also provides a boost to our businesses downtown. And your support for the local cultural arts industry helps sustain more than 1,800 full-time equivalent jobs.

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Annual impact, based on Americans for the Arts, Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study, 2017