ArtsGreensboro Announces 2020 Arts Grant Recipients

(Greensboro, N.C.) ArtsGreensboro announced today its 2020 arts grants made in the following categories: Mission Support, Project Support, Regional Artists, and Teacher Art Education.

Funding for Mission Support Grants supports the creation or presentation of programming with high artistic merit, that have defined and measurable outcomes, including impact on the community, increase access to the arts, engage the community and enrich the varied cultural vitality of Greater Greensboro, and offer arts education experiences that inspire and engage students (including life-long learning.) A panel was convened in January to review the grant applications and make recommendations to the ArtsGreensboro board for grant funding.

The 2020 Mission Support Grantees are:

Carolina Theatre of Greensboro ($25,247)
Community Theatre of Greensboro ($32,171)
Eastern Music Festival ($51,574)
GreenHill Center for NC Art ($25,211)
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra ($52,150)
Music Academy of North Carolina ($12,793)
Triad Stage ($50,854)Total funding was $250,000, a 9% increase from the prior year. 
Project Support Grants, funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Program, supports the creation or presentation of project-based programming with high artistic merit that demonstrates defined and measurable outcomes, including impact on the community. This year there are two cycles for Project Support, the first, announced here is a short cycle program with a funding period of January 2020 – June 2020.

The review panel made a recommendation to the ArtsGreensboro board for the following organizations to receive funding, totaling $43,000:

Piedmont Blue Preservation Society ($5,750)
Touring Theatre of North Carolina ($3,750)
Greensboro Literary Organization ($5,750)
TAB Arts Center ($5,750)
Greensboro Opera ($7,750)
Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet ($3,000)
Elsewhere ($3,000)
Center for Visual Artists – Greensboro ($1,000)
Dance Project ($2,500)
Josephus Thompson III ($1,000)
Music for a Great Space ($3,750) 

In partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham, and Caswell Counties, ArtsGreensboro makes Regional Artist Project Grants to help artists with big projects in their careers. This year, the grant review panel recommended to the ArtsGreensboro Board, funding 15 artist grants, for a total of $18,000 as follows.  

Anna Luisa Daigneault, $1,900 for The Production of Quilla's Third Album
Maria Elena Martin, $1,900 for Developing Music Publishing Company "EDICIONES ELENA MARTÍN"
Thomas Heflin, $1,750 for “Spectrum” Recording Project
Gui Portel, $750 for Gate City Voices
Jasmine Best, $1,200 for Solo Exhibition and Studio Documentation
Roland Antoine Williams, $1,200 for: Portrait of a Super Predator
Grace E McFetters, $1,000 for:  HGA Convergence 2020 Conference
Bryan K  Caviness, $900 for:  Moment of Destruction
Vonii Bristow-Haith, $1,000 for Ghostwriter
Mariana Pardy, $1,000 for Picking Up the Pieces
Julia Ridley Smith, $1,000 for Novel Research in Ireland
Andrew Howard Eversole, $1,250 for Banjo Earth: Brazil
Christopher W. Sims, $1,000 for “Theater of War" Book Editing Workshop
Raman Bhardwaj, $900 for Solo Show- Maya & Myth
Natalie Marshall, $1,250 for Portfolio Building 

Funded by Wells Fargo, 12 Teacher Art Grants received a total of $13,000 as follows. The grant recipients and their projects include:

Lisa P. Williams, Sternberger Elementary School, for West African drum & dance performances
Howell D. Ledford, Jr., Weaver Academy, for Music Production Renovations – Sibelius Ultimate
Mrs. Heavenly McDuffie, Hunter Elementary School, Ukuleles for Literacy
Kathryn Sayani, Northern Guilford High School, for Supporting the Northern Photo Design Inaugural Course
Penny Casto, Falkener Elementary School, for Celebration of Tolerance, Diversity and Unity through Visual Art
Denise Lineberry, Pleasant Garden Elementary, for Art Rocks! Make the World a Better Place
Kerrie -Jean King, Northern Guilford High School, for West African Dance and Drum: Tracing the Diaspora through the Arts
Marta Richardson, Bluford Peeler STEAM Academy, for Sound Painting
Kirsten Joseph, Jefferson Elementary School, for Breakdancing with the fourth graders! 
Stephanie Bartis, Sedgefield Elementary, for Carolina on My Mind
Stephanie Allen, Western Guilford High School, for Shared Radiance Performance/Workshop: Shakespeare Alive!
Elizabeth Brown, Erwin Montessori Elementary, for Erwin Cultural Diversity Festival 

Laura Way, President + CEO at ArtsGreensboro, is more than pleased with the work of the external review panels, the new Grants Manager Darlene McClinton and the ArtsGreensboro Board in making sure we are meeting our core mission supporting the work of artists and arts organizations. She said, “Through the millennium, artists and arts organizations have had patrons to help support their activities. ArtsGreensboro is in many ways that patron. We cheerlead, help create awareness, and provide financial support to organizations and artists. I am proud of the range of projects, artists, and teachers supported by this year’s funding, and the mission support grantees are doing incredible work all year to ensure high caliber arts are available to our entire community. I could not be more pleased!”