GREENSBORO — Four local arts organizations have been awarded $200,000 in federal funds through the CARES Act, it was announced on Monday.
North Carolina Folk Festival, Dance Project Inc., Triad Stage and ArtsGreensboro will each receive a $50,000 grant to help support staff salaries, fees for artists and facilities costs with grants that are funneled through the National Endowment for the Arts.
The four are among 855 nonprofit arts organizations nationwide recommended for funding through the federal CARES Act, a law intended to provide financial relief for those affected by the economic fallout wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
ArtsGreensboro, the city’s arts council, elevates the arts by creating awareness and promoting the vibrancy of Greensboro.
For the North Carolina Folk Festival, the arrival of the grant comes just months away from this year’s event. Each September in downtown, the festival presents multicultural music, dance, crafts and other folk arts over three days.
This year’s installment will take a modified form because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has canceled arts and culture events worldwide.
Amy Grossmann, president and CEO of the folk festival, said the CARES funds “are vitally important to supporting our staff time and operational planning as we prepare to implement the programs and activities that will comprise this year’s modified North Carolina Folk Festival.”
For Dance Project, the grant is “a really big deal,” said Anne Morris, the organization’s executive director.
Dance Project Inc. cultivates the field of modern dance in North Carolina, nurturing a community of artists, audiences and students by providing opportunities for training, performances, collaboration and employment.
The grant will primarily support the organization’s administrative staff.
“Without them, it would be hard to do even a fraction of the things Dance Project does in the community,” Morris said. “So this gives them some job security, and allows us to be as nimble and flexible as possible as we figure out how to keep adapting quickly to a changing landscape.”
With local and national talent, a focus on artistic excellence and a Southern voice, Triad Stage in downtown offers a wide sampling of quality theater, including original works and reimagined classics.
According to Jody Cauthen, Triad Stage’s development director, the theater remains in a holding pattern on live productions. But the grant will allow Triad Stage to continue its pivot to online and virtual programming.
The NEA received more than 3,100 applications for the $45 million available in assistance.
“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling and trying to survive,” Mary Anne Carter, who chairs the agency, said in a news release.