Arts council awards nearly $10,000 in grants

Staff Report

The Surry Arts Council recently awarded $9,542 to seven Surry County arts organizations. These funds represent 50 percent of the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant allocation to Surry County.

The agencies which received funding, and the projects for which the money was provided, were:

– The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association received $600 for marketing and promotion of the Downtown Mount Airy Art Walk and expansion of the Mayberry FarmFest to include storytelling, arts and crafts, traditional arts and education about sustainable farming techniques;

– Foothills Arts Council received $3,342 to support its operating, marketing and program budget;

– Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve received $1,200 to host an open house showcasing art and nature outdoor learning experiences for families;

– The Mount Airy Public Library received $1,000 to co-sponsor an Irish heritage concert at the Historic Earle Theatre, featuring National Heritage Fellowship winner, Mick Moloney;

– The Mount Airy Photography Club received $1,200 for a presentation by professional photographer;

– Veterans Memorial Park received $1,200 for Old-Time Music and dance workshops and jams with award-winning Surry County musicians and dancers during the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention;

– Voce, an auditioned chorale, received $1,000 to hire professional musical accompaniment for its community concerts.

Funded projects will occur between Nov. 1 and May 3, according to the arts council.

The agencies awarded money went through an application process available for non-profit organizations whose purposes are to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Surry County. Funding priority wass given to qualified arts organizations, such as theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.

Grant applications were evaluated by a panel of community members and approved by the Surry Arts Council Board of Directors at its October meeting. For questions or more information, contact Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or email

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality 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.

Staff Report

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