Raleigh, N.C. (June 12, 2020) — The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased to announce that seven nonprofit organizations will receive $105,000 to help mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the state’s artists. The recipients of these grants will use the money to establish or augment programs to which artists may apply to support their work.
“Artists across our state were among the first to feel the impact of COVID-19 and continue to experience the effects,” said Wayne Martin, the Arts Council’s executive director. “Artists connect us and invigorate our communities. We need to support artists to keep our state’s creative economy strong.”
Funding for artist support came from both the private sector and from federal funds allocated to the North Carolina Arts Council from the National Endowment for the Arts. The North Carolina Arts Foundation, which supports the work of the North Carolina Arts Council, distributed $40,000 in contributions raised during Under One Roof
, a three-night online concert in May that featured North Carolina musicians. The nonprofits receiving grants will match the awards.
The following arts organizations were selected to receive grants for reallocation to artists:
VAE/North Carolina Artist Relief Fund, Raleigh
Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
Durham Arts Council
NorthStar Church of the Arts, Durham
Orange County Arts Commission, Hillsborough
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. www.NCArts.org