Opera Carolina Awarded N.C. Arts Council Resource Grant
15 percent Increased support to fund local performing company
Posted: Tuesday, September 7th
Press Contact: James Meena
Charlotte, N.C., (September 7, 2010) – Opera Carolina, the leading professional opera company in the region, has been awarded $92,685.00 from the N.C. Arts Council under the State Arts Resource grant program. The funds will be used to support the performances of local and regional artists with the Charlotte based company.
"State funds allow Opera Carolina to provide programming for more than 70,000 in 20 N.C. counties each year,” said General Director & Principal Conductor James Meena. “We return this investment by the State in the form of educational programming for schools throughout the State, all of which is staffed by artists and technicians who live in this region.”
"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 13.6 million people participated in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 4.3 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 2010-11, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $7.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.
The N.C. Arts Council 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 build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.
About Opera Carolina
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, today Opera Carolina is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.3 million for the fiscal year 2009. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region’s diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.
The 2010/2011 season opens with Mozart’s brilliant comedy Cosi fan tutte, or The School for Lovers on October 16, 17 & 21, 2010; followed by La Traviata on February 3, 5 & 6, 2011 and HMS Pinafore on May 12, 14 & 15, 2011. All performances take place at the Belk Theater in uptown Charlotte. For tickets call 704-372-1000.
Opera Carolina is supported by individuals and corporations throughout the region. Opera Carolina is also supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council. Additional support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.
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