Press release from ArtsAVL:
ArtsAVL celebrates 43 recipients of the Grassroots Arts Program grant. The grant provides programmatic and operating support for nonprofit arts organizations in Buncombe County. Recipients include organizations working in fields as diverse as dance, puppetry, choral and symphonic music, children’s theatre, mask making, arts for healing, community radio, and more. Grants ranged from $1,500-7,500 depending on the size of the organization.
ArtsAVL has been administering GAP funds to area arts organizations for over 40 years. This support is made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and Buncombe County Government. Funds can be used for program expenses, including professional artists’ fees, marketing and publicity, music, and equipment rental, or operating expenses, including salaries, office supplies, rent, utilities, and small capital projects.
North Carolina Stage Company will use grant funds to support production of six plays. “We are so very grateful to be among the groups awarded support,” shares Michelle Carello, Associate Artistic Director. “It’s more meaningful and important than we can express. The work that ArtsAVL does is truly appreciated.”
Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective will create two “mixtapes” – one video and audio, and one documentary video, about its program “Hope 4 the Future: Transforming Lives through Hip-Hop and Healing.” “We greatly appreciate the support of ArtsAVL and the Grassroots Arts Program,” says Founder and Executive Director Michael Hayes. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to empower our community to heal through the arts.”
Applicants were considered on application completeness, feasibility, organizational stability, accessibility, arts and culture alignment, capacity building, multicultural impact, and geographic impact. Multicultural programs and organizations located outside of the City of Asheville received special consideration.
2023-24 GAP recipients:
Arts for Life
Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.
Asheville Choral Society
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
Asheville Creative Arts
Asheville Fringe Society
Asheville Mardi Gras
Asheville Museum of History
Asheville Music School
Asheville Puppetry Alliance
Asheville Symphony Society, Inc.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Blue Ridge Orchestra
Center for Craft
Connect Beyond Festival
Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
Friends of Community Radio/Asheville FM
LEAF Global Arts
Local Cloth, Inc.
Montford Park Players
North Carolina Glass Center
North Carolina Stage Company
Open Hearts Art Center
Playground Stage Children’s Theatre
Punch Bucket Lit
Raíces Emma-Erwin (Fiscal Agent: Colaborativa La Milpa)
Soul and Soil Project
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance
The Asheville Darkroom
The Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music
The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company
Umoja Health Wellness and Justice Collective
Weaverville Art Safari
White Horse Black Mountain
Womansong of Asheville, Inc.
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
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