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Wilson Center Awarded $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded national support by the National Endowment for the Arts for $10,000. This project will support a production and community dance residency of the Invertigo Dance Theatre during the 2022-2023 season. The Wilson Center project is among one of 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the Wilson Center to reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

“The arts, when partnered with education, have the power like no other to inspire young people and transform communities,” said Shane Fernando, Vice President of Advancement and the Arts for Cape Fear Community College. “We thank the NEA for their investment in the Cape Fear region.”

The Wilson Center looks forward to bringing the work of the Invertigo Dance Theatre to the Wilmington community and the surrounding areas. Invertigo Dance Theatre will perform “Formulae and Fairy Tales,” a repertory piece about the life of Alan Turing, a mathematician and World War II codebreaker. Most audiences will know the story of Alan Turning by the 2014 film, “The Imitation Game,” that won the Academy Award for Best Adaptive Screenplay. Residency activities include a host of community events in and around Wilmington such as art and science programming with youth, dance workshops for the community, as well as classes with students from Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“It is truly an honor to receive this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “We strive to engage the Cape Fear region with high-quality programming that is accessible to all. This grant helps us to further that mission.”

For more information on the project included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit  arts.gov/news .

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