Arts & Science Council Awarded $275,041 from the N.C. Arts Council

(Charlotte, N.C.) -- The Arts & Science Council (ASC) received a total of $275,041 in grants from the North Carolina Arts Council.  The funds will be used to support artists, neighborhood cultural projects, Pre-K arts programming and literacy-based curriculum and hire a part-time program director.

“We are grateful to receive these critical dollars that will help ASC provide arts and cultural experiences and education programs for students and adults,” said ASC President Scott Provancher.

ASC received the following grants:

•A $25,000 Creative Workforce grant to hire a part-time program director who will manage relationships with community organizations and individual grant-seekers in neighborhoods and towns in Mecklenburg County. The program director will be responsible for coordinating grants and panel processes, as well as conducting site visits to funded programs across the county. The funding originates from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

•A $20,000 Arts in Education grant to support ASC’s North Carolina Wolf Trap program.  Working in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and the Wolf Trap Institute, North Carolina Wolf Trap incorporates the arts into the Bright Beginnings Pre-K program, and connects with the Opening the World of Learning literacy-based curriculum used by CMS.

•A $217,541 Grassroots Arts Program grant to support arts programs, administrative support and subgrants in Mecklenburg County.  ASC will reinvest the dollars through its Cultural Access and Cultural Project grant programs to support arts, science, history, heritage and multicultural programs in neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County.

•A $12,500 Regional Artist Project grant to support the professional development of visual artists and filmmakers.  ASC partners with the arts councils of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and York (SC) arts councils and distribute the grants to artists who reside in those counties through a competitive grants process.

“The support of our grants program by the General Assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council.  “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenue and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In fiscal year 2009-10, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $7.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

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