National Endowment for the Arts Grants $25,000 to North Carolina Folk Festival
The North Carolina Folk Festival announced news of a $25,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2020 Festival this coming September 11, 12, and 13.
The North Carolina Folk Festival has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support the presentation of artists and performers at the 2020 Festival
The grant, which was awarded through the NEA’s highly competitive Art Works grant program in the folk & traditional arts category, will be used to support the presentation of artists and performers at this year’s North Carolina Folk Festival. Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.
The grant award is part of a broader NEA funding announcement for fiscal year 2020 announced today in which NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter approved $27.3 million in grants.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”
“We are honored by this recognition for the work we’re doing to promote and celebrate folk and traditional arts in Greensboro” said President & CEO Amy Grossmann. “This funding award from our nation’s federal arts agency reinforces our ongoing mission to present diverse cultural traditions to the public in a free-admission, multi-day celebration of artistic talent from across the world and from within our own community,” she added.
The North Carolina Folk Festival continues the successful legacy of the first-ever NC residency by the National Folk Festival, which has brought more than 600,000 people downtown over the past five years since the event was first produced in 2015.
Funding will support the presentation of artists and performers at the 2020 North Carolina Folk Festival which will feature national and regional artists performing traditional music, dance, and crafts in performances, workshops and demonstrations. Music genres will include blues, bluegrass, hot jazz, polka, 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. To learn more about the N.C. Folk Festival, please visit ncfolkfest.com. The North Carolina Folk Festival will continue to post updates on its Facebook page (facebook.com/NCFolkFestival), Twitter (twitter.com/NCFolkFestival) and Instagram (instagram.com/ncfolkfestival).
About the North Carolina Folk Festival: The NC Folk Festival is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to the presentation of music, dance, crafts, and other arts representing cultural traditions from across America and the world through its flagship annual event each September in downtown Greensboro, NC. The North Carolina Folk Festival, co-produced by the City of Greensboro, is one of the fastest-growing destination events in the Southeast, attracting over 156,000 people from across the U.S. to downtown Greensboro for an estimated economic impact of $15 million for each festival weekend. The festival is a FREE admission, three-day event that continues the legacy of the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro from 2015–2017. In the tradition of “The National,” the North Carolina Folk Festival features performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions from around the world on multiple stages, including continuous music and dance performances, a North Carolina Folklife Area featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area, a makers marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. The 2020 North Carolina Folk Festival will take place in downtown Greensboro September 11 through 13. Additional information is available at www.ncfolkfestival.com.