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Dare County Arts Council Receives Grant For Courthouse Project

Dare County Arts Council was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation for the Courtyard Project at the DCAC Art Center in downtown Manteo.

“The Community Foundation was honored for this opportunity to support the Arts Council with such an exciting project,” said the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Executive Director Lorelei Costa. “We are hoping that our grant will inspire others, so our funds were awarded as a Challenge Grant: if the Arts council can raise at least $100,000, the Community Foundation is in for $50,000. Together, I know our community can raise the funds to develop this amazing outdoor art space.”

The project will transform the rear yard of the 1904 Courthouse building into a functional courtyard that will allow DCAC to expand its programming, serve additional segments of the community and showcase a broader range of creative endeavors including outdoor sculpture, workshops and artist demonstrations.

“I’m excited about the Courtyard Project and the opportunities it will create for artists and audiences,” said DCAC President Randi O’Sullivan of Rodanthe. “DCAC is truly a cultural hub for the Outer Banks and this new venue will present us with more ways to serve our community.”

For more information about this project or to make a donation toward the extension of the Gallery and Art Center, please contact Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5558 or visit

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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