Local Non-Profits Receive Funding for
Arts and Tourism Related Projects
HIGH POINT, N.C., July 18, 2014 — The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) has announced the recipients of the 31st annual Arts & Tourism Grants Program. To date, the HPCVB has allocated almost $4.5 million to 609 projects. This year alone, 28 local non-profits received almost $240,000 in grant money for arts or tourism related projects or events that benefit the High Point area. The HPCVB allocated grant money to several new projects this year including:
- The High Point Core City Public Art Pilot Project submitted by the Southwest Renewal Foundation received $1,440 to place five outdoor stone sculptures by local sculptor, Chuck Foster, in public places throughout High Point from September 2014–April 2015.
- The High Point Museum received $2,160 to exhibit the quilt works of Gwendolyn Magee who was a noted African American quilt artist from High Point. She graduated from William Penn High School and was in one of the earliest classes of African American students to attend UNCG.
- The Piedmont Plein Air Paintout received a grant totaling $17,550 and will take place Sept. 18–21 with 30 nationally known artists coming to High Point to paint five local points of interest.
- The Carl Chavis YMCA received $12,400 to provide water play activities through their new Splash Pad designed with picnic tables and a lounge area.
- The Macedonia Family Resource Center received $2,500 to host a 5K race to bring awareness to inner-city communities about the importance of healthy choices.
The 2014-2015 grant recipients also include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, Carolina Preps, Children’s Home Society of N.C., Culler Senior Center, Friends of John Coltrane, High Point Area Arts Council, High Point Community Chorus, High Point Community Concert Association, High Point Cycling Classic, High Point Parks & Recreation, High Point Swim Club, High Point Theatre, Historic Jamestown Society, HiToms Baseball, Piedmont Artists, Piedmont Soccer Alliance, Piedmont Triad Film Commission, The City Project and the Theatre Art Galleries.
The Arts & Tourism Grants Program funds events or activities by promoting, improving, constructing, financing, or acquiring facilities or attractions that enhance the development of tourism in High Point. The mission of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism.
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About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau
The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The CVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds — city, county or state—are used to fund the HPCVB. For more information, visit www.highpoint.org.
- Melody Burnett, Grants Administrator, High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau