GREENSBORO — Three local organizations and events — North Carolina Folk Festival, Elsewhere museum and the North Carolina Theatre Conference — have received grants totaling $67,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.
They were among 1,071 grants totaling $80.5 million for fiscal year 2018 announced Wednesday by the NEA to support programs that provide jobs to artists, administrators, and other creative workers and arts experiences for millions of people.
Grant recipients include 12 North Carolina organizations that received a total of nearly $1.3 million through the NEA’s annual partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies as well as the categories of Art Works, Creativity Connects, Our Town and Research: Art Works.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu said in a news release.
In Greensboro, the largest grant of $32,000 went to Elsewhere, the museum and artist residency set in a three-floor, former thrift store at 606 S. Elm St.
It will support artist residencies connecting artists with nursing students and faculty in partnership with Union Square Campus.
ArtsGreensboro received $25,000 to help finance the inaugural year of the North Carolina Folk Festival.
The grant will be used to support the presentation of artists and performers at the free, outdoor multicultural festival Sept. 7-9 in center city.
The North Carolina Folk Festival replaces the annual National Folk Festival, which the city hosted from 2015 to 2017, drawing more than 400,000 people over three years.
It is the fourth NEA grant that ArtsGreensboro has received in four years.
“This is a major coup for Greensboro and the festival,” festival director Amy Grossmann said in a news release. “This recognition puts our event on par with some of the nation’s most exciting events in terms of scope and excellence.”
ArtsGreensboro produces the festival with help from the city of Greensboro, national sponsorship, foundation and media support, and other partners.
It will feature national and regional artists presenting traditional music, dance, and crafts in performances, workshops and demonstrations.
The North Carolina Theatre Conference received $10,000 to support its high school play festival.
The theater conference is a statewide service, leadership and advocacy organization with a membership network dedicated to strengthening the state’s vibrant theater industry.
Other North Carolina grant recipients include Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, the N.C. Arts Council, Brevard Music Center, Playmakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill and the N.C. Folklife Institute in Durham.
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.