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Playhouse, Arts Council receive state grants

Grants totaling more than $7.2 million have been awarded to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to support arts programs in all 100 counties, the North Carolina Arts Council announced today. Henderson County received $117,000 worth of grants. 

During 2018–19 an additional $300,000 from the N.C. Legislature will support the Grassroots Arts Program, a nationally-recognized program that provides per capita funding for the arts in every county.

“These investments across North Carolina help shape the appeal and economic growth of our towns and cities,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi H. Hamilton. “Our grants range from providing arts in schools, to serving veterans and their families, to revitalizing downtowns through the arts.”

Grants awarded in Henderson County included $34,386 for the Henderson County Arts Council's Grassroots Arts program and $2,400 for its to support professional development of artists in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties and $80,000 to the Flat Rock Playhouse for arts programs and administrative support.

Grant funds come from both state legislative appropriations and the National Endowment for the Arts and provide support for concerts, festivals, exhibitions, performances, art classes, and hundreds of arts activities in communities across the state. For every dollar invested by the Arts Council, there is a return of almost $20 in private, matching funds. Nearly six million school children and residents participate in arts opportunities funded by the N.C. Arts Council annually.