Methodist University Receives Arts Council Grants

Two grants from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County will help Methodist University bring musical magic and the genius of a pop art icon to the community.

The Council awarded a $7,200 grant to the David McCune International Art Gallery to support marketing and banners for the scheduled exhibit of a series of Andy Warhol silkscreen print masterworks. A $2,300 grant was awarded to the University’s Friends of Music for this year’s Guest Artist Series, which is an annual set of free elementary school workshops and evening concerts.

The Warhol exhibit is on loan from The Cochran Collection in Georgia and from the Ackland Art Museum on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The exhibit opens with a reception on Feb. 7, 2019. A fundraiser for the exhibit is scheduled for Nov. 29 at Studio 215 in downtown Fayetteville.

The Guest Artist Series opened with a performance by pianist Lawrence Quinnett on Sept. 28.  The series continues when Winifred Garrett, principal harpist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, performs Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hensdale Chapel. Other performances will feature mezzo soprano Manna Knjoi on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and classical guitarist Carlos Castilla on March 15. The guest musicians also will hold educational workshops for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Capitol Encore Academy in downtown Fayetteville.

These events would not be possible without assistance from the Arts Council.

Project Support Grants, such as the ones awarded to the David McCune International Art Gallery and the Methodist University Friends of Music, aim to increase opportunities for access to arts and science, as well as cultural and historical programming in the Cumberland County area. Project Support Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

The David McCune International Art Gallery, located on the campus of Methodist University, coordinates exhibitions of art by student, regional, national, and international artists, educating students and the public through a diverse representation of fine art. For more information on the gallery, visit davidmccunegallery.org or email Silvana Foti, executive director of the David McCune International Art Gallery, at sfoti@methodist.edu.

Friends of Music at Methodist was founded in the 1999-2000 academic year with the purpose of engaging members of the community and providing assistance to the Music Department. For more information about Friends of Music and upcoming events, including the Guest Artist Series, please contact Fine Arts Coordinator Linda Volman Lane at lvolman@methodist.edu or 910.630.7100.

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 300,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For more than 40 years, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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