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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 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 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).