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$45,000 Awarded

Ocean Isle, NC – January 12, 2017 – The Brunswick Arts  Council announces the distribution $45,000 in grants to arts organizations and individual artists in FY 2016 – 2017.

Grants in excess of $25,000 were awarded to 11 Brunswick County arts organizations through the annual Grassroots Arts Program  The program seeks to develop and promote diverse cultural arts programming within the county. Funding for the Grassroots Arts Program is made available by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Brunswick Arts Council.  The Brunswick Arts Council is the Designated County Partner to the N.C. Arts Council.

Brunswick County arts organizations offer an array of arts programming that contributes to the quality of life in the county  By providing program support, the Brunswick Arts Council ensures wide-ranging arts experiences for residents and visitors throughout the year.

In addition, a total of more than $17,000 was recently awarded to regional artists of all disciplines through the Regional Artist Project Grant Program to fund a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms.  Five Brunswick County artists were among those selected for these highly competitive awards.  The Brunswick Arts Council partners with art councils from New Hanover, Pender and Columbus counties in awarding these grants.  Funding is made available by the arts partners in each county with additional support from the N.C. Arts Council.

This continues a history of Brunswick Arts Council support to the professional development of artists in southeastern NC.  The Regional Artist Project grant recognizes some of the region’s most promising artists and funds the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials and advanced learning.

The 2016-2017 awardees are:

Grassroots Grant Awardees

Brunswick Community Foundation – Intercultural Festival

Waterway Art Association

Brunswick County Bands

Associated Artist of Southport

Oak Island Art Guild

Brunswick Little Theatre

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation

Town of Shallotte


Brunswick Art Council Awardees

Jan Boland Figure Drawing Classes

Theresa Reiter   “Gotta Have Art”

Richard Staat    Water Color Classes


Regional Artist Project Grant Awardees

Christine Bloom    Visual Arts- Painting

Bradley Eklund      Visual Arts- Interasia

Joseph Gargagliano Visual Arts-Painting

Casey Scharling     Visual Arts-Painting

Aundrea Wislon     Visual Arts- Ceramics

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