LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Arts Council has awarded a total $18,416 in Grassroots Grants to four nonprofits in Robeson County as part of its statewide arts funding program.
The Robeson County Partnership for Children and the Robeson Youth Symphony are teaming up to put a $6,708 grant to use. The youth symphony provides year-round orchestra programs to music students in the area, including a summer orchestra camp that recently concluded. The symphony’s director is Huadong Lu.
Rehearsals and concerts are on Mondays at Robeson Community College. The symphony’s first rehearsal will be on Oct. 3. Students who play strings, woodwind, brass and percussion are eligible to participate and can sign up at robesonyouthsymphony.org.
Purple Door Productions will fund its theater season with its grant of $6,708. The community based, semi-professional theatre and production company opened its season last week with Neil Simon’s comedy, “California Suite.” Purple Door performers of all ages take the stage at Robeson Community College.
Jumbo Arts International will use its $3,000 grant for its popular Jumbo Jam program of performing musicians, singers, dancers and writers. A semiannual, free event Jumbo Jam promotes art and creative expression and highlights local artists. Jumbo Arts International is run by Red Springs residents Margie and John Labadie, who also publish the Journal of Creative Arts and Minds, known as JCAM.
Communities in Schools will receive $2,000 for an artist in residence program featuring an American Indian-style flute maker/performer. Communities in Schools of Robeson County serves about 5,000 students in 18 Robeson with the aim of reducing dropouts, providing academic assistance, conducting behavioral interventions and ensure students’ have basic needs, including food to eat on weekends.
The Robeson County Arts Council administers the grants on the local level.