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The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge in Greenville, North Carolina, has been offered an American Rescue Plan grant to aid the arts community following COVID-19.

The Pitt County Arts Council (PCAC) at Emerge has been offered an American Rescue Plan grant of $250,000 to aid the rebuilding of the arts community following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), helps the cultural and art agencies in the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will ensure funding and assistance within the Greenville, North Carolina, community, according to a press release from PCAC at Emerge.

Additionally, the $250,000 will help the council with their marketing and promotional efforts as well as fund and save health operations or jobs in the local Greenville community. 

“The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies, including the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is a key element in helping the arts and cultural sector recover and reopen, while ensuring that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” Ann Elers, NEA’s acting chair, said in the press release. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”

PCAC at Emerge plans to use the grant to hire artists for additional public art and performances for the City of Greenville.

The remainder of the grant will be issued to other non-profit organizations in the area to assist with staffing expenses and operations.

“Our Pitt County arts organizations have been hit so hard from the pandemic; however, their resiliency is astounding. Our arts and cultural organizations will help with the economic recovery for the rest of our businesses and community, so it is essential to get them back up, open, and engaging,” Holly Garriott, executive director of PCAC at Emerge, said in the release.

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