The Brunswick Arts Council is pleased to announce $31,401.00 in awards to Brunswick County arts organizations and businesses through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots grants. The North Carolina Arts Council awarded Brunswick Arts Council $36,440.00  for the FY 2020-21 Grassroots Grants Program.  Brunswick Arts Council received 12 applications for BAC Grassroots Grants across Brunswick County which totaled over $41,382.00.

A total of twelve (12) arts and cultural organizations, and arts groups are receiving grant awards from this program in partnership with North Carolina Arts Council. Many of our arts groups and activities have been dealing creatively with providing arts activities within a Pandemic environment – whether they live stream, work outside – they are finding other ways to keep the arts moving forward.

The $31,401.00 is being distributed among the following recipients and their arts activities:

Associated Artists of Southport: Kids Day in the Park 2021 & Spring Art Show at Franklin Square

Brunswick Bands, Inc.: Ongoing musical outreach and performances in 2021

Brunswick Little Theatre:  Support of theatrical youth production in 2021

Countywide Community Development Corp:  Creative Arts projects in six communities across Brunswick County 

NC Rice Festival: 2021 film support in creation of Gullah Geechee lifeways & food series

Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department: 2021 arts youth camp and performances

Teen Scene/Cape Fear View: For ongoing production of this literary monthly publication featuring original works of print and art by local residents, including a Teen insert 

Town of Leland- Leland Cultural Arts Center: Spring 2021 Scrap Assemblage Art Workshop & Exhibit Program

Turning the Wheel: 2021 Caravan and Movement Programs in Brunswick County

Up Your Arts: Gullah Geechee Heritage Performance during the Plein Art Festival 2021

Waterway Arts Association: 2021 Spring Visual Art Show at Sunset River Marketplace Calabash


We are grateful to the support of our legislators and governing representatives who assisted in helping these funds become available.  We are especially grateful to all our Brunswick residents and visitors who despite this Pandemic have found ways to support their local arts communities. Feed an Artist this Christmas Season – we encourage you to buy a product, gift, or service from the arts industry within Brunswick County. 

For questions or more information, contact Mary Beth at Brunswick Arts Council at 910.899.8407 or 910.448.1016 or email 

About the Brunswick Arts Council

The mission of Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) is to support, sustain, enhance, and cultivate the arts in Brunswick County making cultural events, arts education, and appreciation of the arts available to the diverse range of county residents. Formed in 1981, BAC is the designated community partner with NC Arts Council, helping to subgrant more than $800,000 in Grassroots grants into Brunswick arts organization, and programs across the county. Additionally, we partner with other agencies, including Brunswick County to provide other programs, events, awards, grants, project development and additional support to organizations and artists living and working in the county.


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.