Hiddenite Arts and Heritage- recipient of Covid Relief funds.
The Center is thrilled to be the recipient of a portion of the NC CARES for Arts funding which will help them better survive the financial effects COVID-19 has had on their organization.
“2020 has been a year like no other,” said Donna Latham, Executive Director of the Center. “We never expected that we would have to cancel in-person classes and programs, exhibits and events and shift to the virtual world. We are VERY thankful to be a recipient of the CARES Act funding, and to the North Carolina Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts for distribution of funds.”
Organizations applying for grants were seeking reimbursement for operating expenses during the pandemic March-December 2020. Their requests related to funds to offset costs of pivoting to virtual tours, insurance, salaries, postage, and the endless supply of needed hand sanitizer. Unlike most grants, the NC CARES for Arts grant was not based on artistic merit.
“The NC CARES for Arts grant will be an integral part of the future of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center as we continue to expand our programs and mission beyond the walls of our buildings in order to make the ARTS available to ALL,” according to Latham.
The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center was also awarded an additional National Endowment of the Arts stimulus grant through the North Carolina Arts Council which was part of the CARES Act.
Strong advocacy by ArtsNC, North Carolina Arts Council and individual citizens statewide made possible the availability of these COVID relief funds for the arts. To learn more about the NC CARES for Arts grant, visit .