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BRAHM receives grant from N.C. Arts Council

Article Published: Aug. 4, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum has been awarded a $5,000 Arts and Audiences Grant from the N.C. Arts Council for one of the museum's grand opening exhibits, "Elliott Daingerfield: Art and Life in North Carolina."

"We feel privileged to have received this support from the arts council, especially considering the recent cuts to North Carolina's cultural budget," BRAHM executive director Joann Mitchell said. "State funds allow arts organizations in Watauga County to provide quality arts programming for students and adults, while contributing to our local economy."

While the museum building has been in the planning and construction stages, BRAHM has worked diligently to provide programming for residents of and visitors to the region, sponsoring a number of successful art exhibitions and auctions, organizing a popular annual Art and Antiques Show for the past five years during the last weekend of July, and, last year, establishing its "Third Thursday" lecture series, which runs from April through September.

The opening of the $7 million, state-of-the art facility on Oct. 1 will expand the museum's capacity to offer such programs.

The N.C. Arts Council realizes the important role that cultural organizations like BRAHM play in local communities.

"The support of our grants program by the General Assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life," said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. "Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy."

More than 8.7 million people participated in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 2.9 million of these were children and youth.

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In fiscal year 2011-12, the council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grants funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

The mission of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is to promote the visual arts, history and heritage of the mountains through educational programs, exhibitions and significant permanent collections. For more information, visit or call (828) 295-9099.

The North Carolina Arts Council, online at, is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state's cultural resources to built North Carolina's social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at

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