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Public Library Receives $9K Art Council Grant

Aug 15, 2022

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.– The Cumberland County Public Library received a $9,000 grant on June 15, 2022 from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County which will be used for the 14th annual Cumberland County Storytelling Festival.

The festival will take place March 1-31, 2023. This free, month-long storytelling festival features stories and activities for children from birth to age 12. The theme for this year’s festival is “Rhythm of a Story.” Programs and activities will focus on celebrating diverse cultures; encouraging children to explore, embrace and express their own stories through rhythm and exposing them to several folklore stories.

“The Arts Council is pleased to partner with the Cumberland County Public Library in support of the Storytelling Festival," says Bob Pinson, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. “We are also pleased that more funds have been made available for the Project Support Grants for 2022-2023 and that we are reaching deeper into previously underserved areas of our community as evidenced by the many new applicants this year.”

Project Support Grants increase opportunities for access to arts, science, cultural and historical programming in Cumberland County. The grants are awarded to nonprofit agencies, universities, and government agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

“We are so grateful to receive funding for the 2023 Storytelling Festival for ‘Rhythm of a Story’,” said Faith Phillips, Cumberland County Public Library Director.  “Storytelling and music allow for listeners of all ages to use their imagination as they explore, discover and learn.”

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County:

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our five core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation. Learn more at theartscouncil.com

In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Learn more at ncarts.org

For more information concerning in person and virtual programs at the library, please visit the library’s website at cumberlandcountync.gov/library or visit them on social media.