The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awarded $12,652 in Grassroots Funding

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has awarded $12,652 in Grassroots funding to 12 local organizations. The North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program is designed to provide program or operating support for nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming. The community panel evaluated 13 applications based on artistic quality, community impact, ability to plan and implement the project, and stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization. Grants were awarded in varying amounts from $500 to $2,052.

The Arts Council of Henderson County serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding these subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Henderson County. The grants are designed to provide support for quality arts programs that reach and impact a broad cross-section of the county’s citizens and youth.

“We are pleased to have two new arts organizations who will be receiving Grassroots funding for the first time this year,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council, “they are the So Dance Company of the Southside Dance Studio in Fletcher, and the new nonprofit, Storytelling Education & Arts Programs, Inc. (STEAP).” Other recipients of Grassroots grants for the 2012-13 cycle include:  Blue Ridge Community College Community Enrichment Department, Carolina Concert Choir, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Flat Rock Middle School, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Hendersonville Chamber Music, Hendersonville Children’s Choir, Hendersonville Chorale, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Latino Advocacy Coalition.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County.  The Arts Council is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor, (entrance on 4th Avenue West), in Hendersonville.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (

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