Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 2011: Arts of the Albemarle Awarded $12,000 from the North Carolina Arts Council

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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Arts of the Albemarle Awarded $12,000 from the North Carolina Arts Council

(Elizabeth City, NC-March 1) Arts of the Albemarle (AOA) in Pasquotank County has been awarded a $12,000 cARTwheels grant from the N.C. Arts Council for its School of the Arts. AoA will provide matching funds to bring the North Carolina Dance Theatre to The Maguire Theatre on March 22nd to perform for our local public school systems. The North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Education program will engage students, teachers and the community-at-large in a range of artistic activities that will allow them to learn about dance as an art form.

“North Carolina Arts Council funding supports Arts of the Albemarle in providing quality arts programming for students and adults, while also sustaining our local creative economy,” states Ray Meiggs, Executive Director of Arts of the Albemarle.

The grant will also support classroom teachers by developing curriculum resources, educator guides, and by offering professional support to our local educators in a workshop setting.

“The support of our grants program by the General Assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

More than 13.6 million people participated in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior center, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 4.3 million of these were children and youth.

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $7.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools, and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.


Arts of the Albemarle, headquartered at The Center, is a regional non-profit arts council for Pasquotank, Gates and Camden counties. For more information go to www.artsaoa.com.

The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com

North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Education and Outreach Program serves more than 50,000 students annually and is recognized as one of the leading programs in the United States. Extensive curriculum-based education programs and special performances for schools supplement residencies, workshops and other outreach programs. For more information go to www.dancetheatre.org

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