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The Brunswick Arts Council conducted a workshop for nonprofit groups/art groups that wanted to learn how they could supplement a planned or existing art project (artist in residency at a local school, art workshops, art performances, festivals, etc.) occurring between August and May 2013 in Brunswick County.
The workshop took place on Thursday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College. Jon Tait, president of the grants and development division of the Brunswick Arts Council, presided over the workshop. Representatives from several of Brunswick County’s arts groups and nonprofit organizations were in attendance.
The North Carolina Arts Council’s grassroots program, using a per capita-based formula, provides funding for the arts in all 100 North Carolina counties through partnerships with local arts councils. Brunswick Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local arts-based organizations in Brunswick County. In 2012-2013, the Brunswick Arts Council hopes to distribute $20,000 to its qualifying sub-grantees.
In 1977, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Grassroots Arts Program to ensure every citizen had access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts, primarily through local arts councils, to all 100 counties using a per capita-based formula.
The creation of the Grassroots Arts Program increased the state’s already growing number of local arts councils and helped establish North Carolina as a leader in the national community arts movement. Today, they have one of the largest networks of local arts agencies in the country, including the nation’s oldest arts council in Winston-Salem. Grassroots funds support hundreds of arts activities.