The McDowell Endowment seeks to improve the quality of life in McDowell County by promoting charitable giving and supporting projects that benefit its communities and residents.
In 2022, MACA received a generous creative space grant in the amount of $4,668 to invest in technology for lighting and sound best suited for The Greenlee Theatre at MACA. The next time you see a show in our space, remember our friends at The McDowell Endowment and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. They are transforming our community, one non-profit at a time!
National Endowment for the Arts MACA gets $25K grant from National Endowment for the Arts May 29, 2023
"The team leading this project are, from left to right, Kathy Arriola of West Marion Inc., Paula Swepson, executive director of West Marion Inc.; Rubí Mar Arriola of West Marion Inc.; Susan Pyatt-Baker, executive director of MACA; Emily Roberts, local artist at BeSpeak Designs; and Anna Branam, assistant director of MACA."
From Staff Reports
McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA), in partnership with West Marion Inc., and local artist Emily Roberts of BeSpeak Designs, has been approved for a $25,000 Our Town award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
This grant will be used to support a new, collaborative project to begin in Marion during July 2023. This project, Voz Artistica, is one of 57 grants nationwide, totaling $4,175,000, that the NEA has approved in the Our Town category, according to a news release.
These creative place-making grants support projects that integrate arts, culture and design activities into local efforts to strengthen and authentically engage communities, center equity, advance artful lives, and lay the groundwork for long-term systems change.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to support a wide range of projects, including Voz Artistica, demonstrating the many ways the arts enrich our lives and contribute to healthy and thriving communities,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson. “These organizations play an important role in advancing the creative vitality of our nation and helping to ensure that all people can benefit from arts, culture and design.”
“MACA is excited to be a part of this venture with strong partners who also see the importance of the arts in the life of our communities. We are thrilled that the NEA recognized the value of our collective work and this project,” says Susan Pyatt-Baker, executive director of MACA.