Brunswick Arts Council is pleased to announce $163,737.36 in awards to Brunswick County arts organizations and businesses through the North Carolina CARES for Arts grants.

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council has distributed these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.  Brunswick Art’s Council applied for and received the per-capita distribution of $163,737.36 from North Carolina Arts Council. Brunswick Arts Council received applications for NC CARES reimbursements from across Brunswick County which totaled over $412,949.00.

A total of twenty-three (23) are receiving reimbursement awards from North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.


The $163,737.36 is being distributed among the following recipients:

AMUZU, Art League of Leland, Associated Artists of Southport, Beach Haven Designs, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick Bands, Inc., Brunswick Little Theatre, Cedar Grove Improvement Association, Countywide Community Development Corp, Dave DeGroat Woodcarving, Doe Creek Art Gallery, Driftwood Custom Designs, Inspirations Dance Centre, Kalypsos Kreations, Listen Up Brunswick County, NC Rice Festival, Oak Island Art Guild, Pescado y Amor, Stepping Up For Arts, Sunset River Marketplace, Teen Scene/Cape Fear View, The Artisans Gallery at Southport and Up Your Arts.


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. 


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.