Up & Coming Weekly

September 06, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM SEPTEMBER 7 - 13, 2022 UCW 15 Night Tours of the 1897 Poe House," scheduled Oct. 20-22 and 27-28; "Trick or Treat at the Poe House," Oct. 29, featuring a magic show, hayrides and carnival games; "Holiday Jubi- lee," Dec. 4, with the Coventry Carolers and Cross Creek Chordsmen; and a new program, "A Night of Mystery," to be presented in April 2023 in partnership with the Gilbert eater. Music ensembles Cumberland Choral Arts' 31st season, "Connections," received a grant of $8,000, ac- cording to a news release. "Ongoing support from the Arts Council throughout these 31 years has made it possible for CCA to continue our mission of bringing outstanding choral music to Fayetteville and the surrounding Sandhills region," CCA Presi- dent Sandy Cage said in a news release. e choral group performs four concerts annually at local venues and extends its reach throughout Cumberland County through its affiliated Campbellton Youth Chorus. Concerts scheduled in the coming year are "e Sacred Veil," Oct. 15; "e Messiah" with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 10; "Lift Every Voice and Sing," in February; "Ear Candy! It's What We Do," March 24; and "e World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass," May 20. An additional grant of $3,500 was awarded to support the Campbellton Youth Chorus program for ages 9-14 in Cumberland County. e chorus gives young singers an oppor- tunity to learn about and perform music with children from other neighborhoods, schools, traditions, and denominations, according to a news release from Cumberland Choral Arts. Cultural groups e Culture and Heritage Alliance received a $12,150 grant to support the sixth annual African World Peace Festival, scheduled Sept. 9-11 in Cool Spring Downtown District. In a news release, the group says it celebrates all cultures with an emphasis on Africa through music, dance, food and art exhibitions. e festival will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 10, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 11. A 5k/10k Peace Run will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 10 downtown; advance registration is required. e festival will include four activ- ity areas: Kids Zone with games, puzzles and a climbing wall; an arts and crafts area with artisan vendors and workshops; music by local bands and African drummers; and a food court. Film festival GroundSwell Pictures received an $11,700 grant to support the seventh annual Indigo Moon Film Fest, scheduled for Oct.7-9 in historic downtown Fayetteville. e festival will feature more than 60 films, filmmaker question-and- answer sessions and special events, organizers said. "We are so grate- ful for the support of the Arts Council, especially this year,'' said Jan Johnson, the co-founder of the festival. "We are plan- ning for a great in-person post-pandemic fes- tival, and with the support of the Arts Council, IMFF will be back in person again with the excellent programming and events for which it has become synonymous." 'Mini-grants' cycle In July, the Arts Council awarded $31,801 in grants to six nonprofit organizations and nine individual artists in Cumberland County for local arts projects scheduled through Decem- ber. A total of 43 applications were submitted requesting more than $80,000 to fund arts, culture and history projects. An artist panel chaired by Kenjuana McCray reviewed the applications and recommended awards of 15 grants. e $31,801 total is the largest amount awarded in a single mini-grant cycle, said Sarah Busman, arts education manager for the Arts Council, in a news release. "ese projects demonstrate the artistic ex- cellence and innovation we hold as two of our core values," Busman said. e mini-grant program, created in 2019, awards $500 to $3,000 to arts programs and is supported in part by the city of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Coun- cil. e next application deadline is Sept. 15. Nonprofit mini-grant projects approved in July include: · Fayetteville Dogwood Festival's Fayetteville After Five summer concert series, supporting the July 15 rowback Collabora- tion Band performance. · First Nations Tribal Youth Development Corp. for its Native Arts Youth Class at Stoney Point Recreation Center. e weekly class teaches youths about indigenous culture and arts. e grant will buy art materials for its drum-making class. · Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's Middle- ground Art Series, which features concerts, visual art installations, and dance perfor- mances. · Latinos United for Progress for the launch of the video culture series "Historias Latinas en Fayetteville" It will feature cultural stories from Fayetteville's Latino community. · Lafayette Society of Fayetteville for its an- nual Lafayette French Music Concert, sched- uled Sept. 8. · ServiceSource for its Bloom art therapy program that helps adults with disabilities foster creativity and self-esteem. Contracted artist mini-grants approved include: · All American Jazz Collective, for its Aug. 6 "Jazz and Art Concert" showcasing jazz musi- cians and vocalists. · Vocalist Frances Ellerbe, who leads a weekly community choir rehearsal at the Fort Bragg Main Post Chapel that will culminate in a performance on Nov. 6. · Author Mary J. Ferguson, who will lead a two-hour poetry reading and class on creative and autobiographical poetry based on her poem "2020." · Angelicia Hicks, a theater artist who will present a reading of original monologues. · Matthew Jackson, a producer who is start- ing the monthly Fayetteville Comedy Night featuring local comedians. · Tatiana Pless, an actress and theater specialist who will use her connection to the Fayetteville Cumberland Reentry Council to start e Fourth Wall, a theater company for formerly incarcerated people. · Joanice Serrao, a designer who will use her fashion collection "Coal Miners" to teach a six- course community sewing class. · Meredith Talian, a visual artist who is producing "e Fayetteville Little Art Box," a free mini-gallery that mimics the Little Free Library program. · Ayana Washington, who organized the Book Black Women's "e Blueprint" concert on Aug. 13.

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