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CFCC’s Wilson Center to Receive $150,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The Wilson Center is recommended to receive $150,000 and may use this funding to support programming, education, and engagement activities.

In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. “Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as The Wilson Center, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

“We want to thank The National Endowment for the Arts for this vital support which helps us invest back into our community by creating engaging experiences for those in the Cape Fear region,” said CFCC Vice President of Advancement and the Arts Shane Fernando. “The arts, when partnered with education, have the unique power to inspire young people and transform communities.”

The American Rescue Plan Grant will be used to support the Wilson Center in presenting performances and artists to our community, including the development and implementation of educational and community engagement programs for New Hanover and Pender County school systems, youth organizations, and other area nonprofits.  We are so grateful to invest these funds in the Cape Fear region to enhance educational opportunities and our quality of life. 

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA was provided $135 million for the arts sector. The funding for organizations is the third installment providing more than $57.7 million for arts organizations. In April 2021, the NEA announced $52 million (40 percent) in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The second installment in November 2021 allocated $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to local artists and art organizations. 

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

For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of arts organizations funded in this announcement, visit  www.arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-plan.

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