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$27,800 of Arts Council’s mini grants funding to support local arts projects


The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County has awarded “mini grants” totaling $27,800 for the second quarter for cultural arts projects that will take place through 2023, according to a news release.

The grants will go to four nonprofit organizations and 10 individual artists in Cumberland County.

A total of 29 applications were submitted and reviewed by a panel of artists. The Arts Council’s grants committee and its board of trustees approved the grants, according to the news release.

“Mini grants continue to reach deeper into our community,” says Sarah Busman, arts education manager for the council. “This group of projects represent a diverse collection of artistic and cultural disciplines, from performing artists to crafters, literary artists to musicians.”

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The deadline to apply for the next mini grants cycle is Nov. 15 for projects starting Dec. 15. For more information, go to TheArtsCouncil.com/grants or contact Sarah Busman at SarahB@theartscouncil.com.

The second-quarter grants were awarded to these nonprofit groups and artists:

  • Artist Village Community Theatre: Accompanist, rehearsal space, and sheet music for the Community Choir of Hope Mills.
  • C. Dogwood Festival: Artist fee for Casey T. Cotton, a member of Blazin’ Keys Dueling Pianos, for the Battle of the Bands.
  • FTCC Foundation: Artist fees for Brittany Devault to paint a mural at the Success Closet.
  • John D. Fuller Recreational and Athletic Complex: Arts and craft supplies, marketing, and fees for cultural professionals for the ’Tis the Season program in December.
  • Ace Brown, to fund marketing and hire local comedians and a DJ for Comedy Night.
  • Danica Cho, for printing, marketing and an outdoor vending box for “Cheez Spread,” a comic book based on Army life.
  • Nikki Creecy, to hire local musicians and recording technicians for a holiday concert.
  • Jason Dooney, for a 3D printer to be used in artwork.
  • Jeremy Fiebig, to hire a local editor, designer and marketer for his book “Controlled Burn.”
  • Dona Marlowe, for frames and prints for a series of photographs of youths called “I Am Somebody Too.”
  • Damien Mathis, for resin to begin work on a resin and found material sculpture.
  • Tishana Oates, for art materials for a paint-and-sip program in November.
  • Jimmy Roman, to hire local musicians and purchase a subwoofer for his band, Sonido Tropical.
  • Raul R. Rubiera, for a kiln and filament for bronze and copper sculpture.

An informational session about the grant program, including guidelines and writing proposals, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Arts Center, 301 Hay St. To register, contact Sarah Busman at SarahB@theartscouncil.com or 910-323-1776, Ext. 1011.

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