Grant Awards Announced for 2015 //

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) announces the award of 8 grants in support of the musical heritage and traditions of the North Carolina Mountains and foothills.

“We appreciate and are grateful for all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the region to preserve our heritage and improve our communities,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. “This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive—we had 52 applicants and some great projects presented, but we simply could not fund them all.”

Appalachian State University: $7,500 to work with local schools to develop multimedia lesson plans about North Carolina’s music traditions for 8th grade students

Fines Creek Community Association: $3,950 to enhance the Fines Creek Community Center as a venue for indoor and outdoor traditional music performances in Haywood County

Isothermal Community College: $8,000 for upgrades to WNCW-FM’s Studio B which presents live broadcasts of regional and traditional musicians

Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University: $5,000 to support a documentary film about Madison County master fiddler Roger Howell

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History: $6,500 to support the development of a traveling exhibit on dulcimer makers

Parkway Playhouse: $6,000 for upgrades to the Burnsville theater’s lighting and sound systems to support further music programming

Surry Arts Council: $5,000 for sound system and exhibit improvements at the Earle Theatre/Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in Mount Airy

Town of Lansing: $10,000 for renovations to two historic barns to create an indoor stage and dance hall for traditional music events