Cabarrus Arts Council grants $49,600 to 12 local organizations

The Cabarrus Arts Council has awarded $49,600 to 12 community organizations for arts activities.

The community grants include $19,600 in Grassroots funds from the N.C. Arts Council and a $30,000 supplemental grant that the Cabarrus Arts Council applied for and received.

Six arts groups received Organization Support Grants to support their ongoing operations: the Cabarrus Art Guild, the N.C. Music Hall of Fame, the Old Courthouse Theatre, the Piedmont Choral Society, the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band and Southern Piedmont Woodturners.

Six additional organizations were awarded grants for art projects:

• Concord Downtown Development Corp., “Union Street Live!” concert series and Spring into Arts festival;

• Town of Harrisburg, new concert series;

• Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Interlude music program;

• City of Kannapolis, summer entertainment series;

• Logan Community Child Development Center, music lessons for children; and

• Multicultural Community Student Union, African drumming program for 60 children.

“One of the primary responsibilities of the Cabarrus Arts Council is to support nonprofit arts organizations throughout Cabarrus County,” Noelle Rhodes Scott, the Arts Council’s president and CEO, said in a news release.

“The arts are strong across our entire state because of the Grassroots Grants that are distributed to local arts councils for redistribution,” Scott was quoted as saying. “We have been able to augment these funds for several years with a supplemental grant.

“We hope that this will be helpful to all these wonderful groups and projects that are so important to our community.”

The Arts Council has distributed Grassroots money in Cabarrus County annually since 1982.

Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply for next year’s grants. Nonprofit arts organizations and other charitable agencies that integrate arts programming into their services are eligible to apply for the grants. The grants are for arts activities that directly affect the quality of life in Cabarrus County, according to the news release.

A community panel reviews the applications and makes funding recommendations to the Arts Council’s board of directors.

Staff reports