NC Arts Council Distributes National Endowment CARES Act Funds

More than 100 nonprofit arts organizations across the state have been awarded CARES Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council. Through the one-time funding opportunity, $480,000 will help arts groups preserve jobs and maintain organizational stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Grants were made possible by federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the N.C. Arts Council.

“We are very grateful for these funds from the NEA even though the need for financial assistance is so much greater,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. “While arts organizations and artists have created a wealth of virtual programs to inspire our citizens and forge connections during the pandemic, the arts have suffered huge financial losses. Our sector was among the first to close its doors, with almost no opportunity for earned income since March.”
Organizations receiving awards can use funds for administrative and artistic salaries, benefits, and contracts. Facility and operational expenses are also eligible expenses. Grants were open to previous recipients of Arts Council grants although organizations that received direct COVID-19 support from the NEA or South Arts were not eligible.
The N.C. Arts Council is seeking additional funding to help the arts sector throughout the state. “North Carolina’s artists and non-profit arts organizations are important assets in all of our 100 counties, said Martin. “The NEA funds were sorely needed but we realize that that more needs to be done to help arts organizations and artists persevere through the pandemic.”


Organizations awarded CARES funds from North Carolina are:
African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, Raleigh
African American Dance Ensemble, Durham
Afro-American Cultural Center/Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte
Alamance County Arts Council, Graham
Alleghany Junior Appalachian Musicians, Sparta
Arts & Science Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Charlotte
Arts Access, Raleigh
Arts Center, Carrboro
Arts Council of Henderson County, Flat Rock
Arts Council of Lincoln County, Lincolnton
Arts Council of Moore County, Southern Pines
Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Wilmington
Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Winston-Salem
Artspace, Raleigh
Artsplosure, Raleigh
Artsplus, Charlotte
Ashe County Arts Council, West Jefferson
Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville
Asheville Art Museum Association, Asheville
Asheville Symphony Society, Asheville
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Asheville
Blair Publishing, Winston-Salem
Bookmarks, Winston-Salem
Brevard Music Center, Brevard
Burke Arts Council, Morganton
Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh
Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord
Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville
Central Park N.C., Star
Chatham County Arts Council, Pittsboro
Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte
Classical Voice of North Carolina, Raleigh
Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Hayesville
Clayworks, Charlotte
Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc./ CAM Raleigh, Raleigh
Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center, Franklin
Craven Arts Council & Gallery, New Bern
Cucalorus Film Foundation, Wilmington
Dare County Arts Council, Manteo
Downtown Winston-Salem Community Cinema, Winston-Salem
Dreams of Wilmington, Wilmington
Durham Arts Council, Durham
Durham Symphony, Durham
Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro
Ellington-White Community Development Corporation, Fayetteville
Elsewhere, Greensboro
Eyes on Main Street, Wilson
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville
Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock
Gaston Arts Council, Gastonia
Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro
Haywood County Arts Council, Waynesville
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory
Hidden Voices, Cedar Grove
Hiddenite Center, Hiddenite
High Point Arts Council, High Point
JazzArts, Charlotte
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown
Justice Theater Project, Raleigh
Kidznotes, Durham
Madison County Arts Council, Marshall
Mallarme Chamber Players, Durham
McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte
McDowell Arts Council, Marion
Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
Music Maker Relief Foundation, Hillsborough
North Carolina Arts in Action, Carrboro
North Carolina Glass Center, Asheville
North Carolina Opera, Raleigh
North Carolina Performing Arts Center, Charlotte
North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove
North Carolina Presenters Consortium, Cary
North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville
North Carolina Theatre Conference, Greensboro
North Carolina Writers' Network, Winston-Salem
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Raleigh
Opera Carolina, Charlotte
Pack Place Performing Arts, Asheville
Piedmont Opera, Winston-Salem
PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), Raleigh
Que-OS, Charlotte
Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh
RhinoLeap Productions, Asheboro
Roanoke Island Historical Association, Manteo
Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, Greensboro
Salisbury Symphony, Salisbury
St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Durham
Stokes County Arts Council, Danbury
Surry Arts Council, Mt. Airy
Temple Theatre, Sanford
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Asheville
The Light Factory, Charlotte
Three Bone Theatre, Charlotte
Transylvania Community Arts Council, Brevard
Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon
Union County Arts Council, Monroe
Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh
Watauga County Arts Council, Boone
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury
Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory
Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro
Winston-Salem Symphony, Winston-Salem
Yadkin Arts Council, Yadkinville
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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.