The Surry Arts Council recently awarded more than $10,000 in grants to local arts and cultural arts organizations.
All totaled, the council handed out $10,801 to 10 Surry County agencies. These funds represent 50 percent of the total North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant allocation to Surry County which the Surry Arts Council is mandated to subgrant.
Funded projects will occur between Oct. 1 and May 31, according to the museum. The organizations which received the grants, as well as the amount allocated to them, were:
• The African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Surry County received $750 for artist fees to offer African Culture through Drumming and Dancing classes;
• Foothills Arts Council received $3,000 to assist with marketing and programming;
• Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve received $875 to assist with artists fees;
• Mount Airy Downtown Business Association received $500 to assist with marketing and artists fees for Art Walks and Farmfest;
• The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History received $800 to assist with artists fees associated with the exhibit titled “Fractals: Mathematics and Science as Art;”
• Mount Airy Photography Club received $676 to assist with artist fees, a photography workshop, and a community presentation;
• The Mount Airy Public Library received $1,000 to assist with artist fees for a community program titled “Mandela: Let Freedom Ring;”
• The North Carolina Storytelling Guild received $500 to assist with space rental for the “Tarheel Tellers Storytelling Festival;”
• VOCE received $900 to assist with a free community concert titled “Christmas with VOCE and Friends;”
• Veterans Memorial Park Inc. received $1,800 to assist with artist fees and workshops for the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention.
Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to arts experiences. Using a per capita-based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. Surry Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Surry County.
Applications were available for non-profit organizations whose purposes are to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Surry County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (such as theaters, galleries, choral societies and festivals) and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.
Grant applications were evaluated by a panel of community members: Lenise Lynch, Kelly Merritt, John Rees and Amanda Barnard. The Surry Arts Council Board of Directors approved the committee’s recommendations at its August meeting. For questions or more information, contact Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or email Abigail@surryarts.org.