National Endowment for the Arts Grants $25,000 to North Carolina Folk Festival to Support Presentation of Artists and Performers
Greensboro, N.C., May 10, 2018– ArtsGreensboro announced news of a $25,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts – its fourth award in as many years – to support the 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival this coming September 7, 8 and 9.
The North Carolina Folk Festival Celebrates Its Inaugural Year
in downtown Greensboro September 7, 8, 9, 2018
The grant will be used to support the presentation of artists and performers at this year’s NC Folk Festival, which was awarded through the highly competitive Folk & Traditional Arts program.
The grant award is part of a broader NEA funding announcement for fiscal year 2018 announced today in which NEA Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $80 million in grants through ArtsWorks — the NEA’s largest funding category. The program supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as ArtsGreensboro, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
“This is a major coup for Greensboro and the Festival,” said Festival Director Amy Grossmann. “This recognition puts our event on par with some of the nation’s most exciting events in terms of scope and excellence,” she added. The festival comes on the heels of the remarkable success of the first-ever NC residency by the National Folk Festival, which brought more than 400,000 people downtown during its three-years between 2015 and 2017.
Funding will support the North Carolina Folk Festival, the inaugural legacy event of the National Folk Festival’s three-year residency in Greensboro, NC. The event will feature national and regional artists presenting traditional music, dance, and crafts in performances, workshops and demonstrations. Music genres will include blues, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, western swing, Celtic, Zydeco, and Native American, along with performances appealing to the Piedmont Triad’s diverse refugee and immigrant populations from the Asia, Latin America, western Africa, and the Middle East. The Festival will also place special emphasis in its programming on presenting the North Carolina region’s rich cultural traditions and heritage.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
About the North Carolina Folk Festival: Produced by ArtsGreensboro with help from the City of Greensboro and many other partners, the North Carolina Folk Festival celebrates its first year in 2018, building on the success of the three-year residency of the National Folk Festival (2015-2017). The FREE admission, three-day weekend is North Carolina’s fastest growing cultural event and will be presented in downtown Greensboro September 7, 8, 9, 2018. ncfolkfestival.com
About ArtsGreensboro: As it has been for more than 50 years, ArtsGreensboro is an arts council and catalyst for connecting the community and building recognition and support for the arts. Through its annual community-wide Campaign for the Arts, it supports more than 50 arts organizations, projects, artists and schools annually. In addition, ArtsGreensboro hosts events and manages facilities – from the North Carolina Folk Festival and Sternberger Artists Center (Summit Avenue), to the collaborative 17DAYS Arts Festival, and the innovative Van Dyke Performance Space. Through all these activities, ArtsGreensboro drives the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org