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United Arts Council Awarded Capacity Building Grant From Kresge Foundation

United Arts CouncilThe United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County learned in November that it has been awarded a $65,000 Capacity Building grant from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan. The funds will be used to provide capacity building services for arts and cultural institutions in Raleigh and  Wake County between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.

United Arts was among a group of arts institutions invited to apply for this funding. United Arts elected to request funding to address specific areas with a number of nonprofit arts organizations, including: the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Little Theatre, Wake Forest Cultural Arts Association, Fuquay-Varina Arts Council, and African American Cultural Festival.

“This is a welcome opportunity for arts groups in our area to work with some outstanding consultants who can assist in taking a thoughtful, insightful look at the agencies’ operations,” says Eleanor H. Oakley, President/CEO of the United Arts Council.  “This work, in most cases, will lead to concrete business plans and practical visions for the agencies’ survival, growth and development.  Long-term, the entire community benefits from the Kresge Foundation’s initiative.”

The Foundation’s aim with this funding is to funnel money swiftly to arts and cultural groups who are hurting in the down economy and for whom capacity building help may make a difference.

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