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Library Receives Arts Council Grant for Storytelling Festival

Jul 19, 2023

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Cumberland County Public Library has received a $7,000 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County to support the 15th annual Cumberland County Storytelling Festival, which will be held March 1 – 31, 2024.

The financial support from the Arts Council will allow the Cumberland County Public Library to provide professional performers during the festival. This month-long storytelling festival is free to the public and features stories and activities for children from birth to age 12. The theme for next year’s festival is Jungle Jamboree. Programs and activities will celebrate and encourage storytelling through different perspectives by embracing diverse voices and cultures. The storytelling festival promotes literacy, encourages inclusion and aims to spark creativity for everyone in our community.

Arts Council Project Support Grants are intended to increase opportunities for access to arts, cultural and historical programming in Cumberland County. The grants are awarded to nonprofit agencies, institutions of higher education and municipal entities in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

“We are so excited for the 15th Annual Storytelling Festival sponsored by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County,” said Cumberland County Public Library Director Faith Phillips.  “We invite everyone in the community to join us as we explore literacy and imagination through storytelling during our Jungle Jamboree.”

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County:

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, N.C. that connects our communities, embraces diversity, promotes individual creativity, advances economic development and fosters lifelong learning through the arts. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation. For more information, go to theartscouncil.com

In FY 2023, the Arts Council distributed more than $1 million in grant funds and special allocations to Cumberland County non-profit organizations, artists and municipalities producing arts and cultural activities.

Grants, programs and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. ncarts.org

For more information about the Cumberland County Public Library, visit cumberlandcountync.gov/library.