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Grant From TCARTS Helps The Arts Flourish At Brevard College

 

Last updated 3/10/2021 at 3:51pm



Among the many obstacles caused by the year-long global pandemic, sustaining the arts has been particularly challenging because they tend to involve high levels of personal interaction.

For Brevard College, a grant facilitated by the Transylvania Community Arts Council (from the NC CARES Act for arts councils) made it possible to maintain the high quality of arts education as well as continue to provide visual and performing arts presentations to the wider community.

The grant made possible the purchase of cameras, microphones and amplifiers that made voice lessons and theatre rehearsals much more successful with social distancing in outdoor spaces.

The equipment meant that “The Little Shop of Horrors” (planned pre-pandemic for the blackbox stage in the Porter Center) could be hosted as a drive-in performance at the Brevard Music Center, a valuable partner with the college.

People in more than 115 cars came to see the play, meaning that it could have been viewed by 300 theater-goers.

The traditional “Lessons and Carols” event at the holidays, received 1,200 views on YouTube and 300 views at the Facebook watch party. The “Lessons and Carols” were also recorded with the new cameras and microphone purchased through the TCARTS grant.

TCARTS is known for nurturing and celebrating the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals through Brevard and Transylvania County. By partnering with Brevard College to enable students to progress toward their Fine Arts degrees and to provide high-quality arts programming to the public, TCARTS played an important role in the sustainability of Brevard College’s programs throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Kathryn Gresham, division chair of the Fine Arts at the college, said, “Thanks to help from NC CARES and TCARTS, the arts are not only still alive at BC, they are thriving. Thank you to our community for the extraordinary financial and moral support throughout the past challenging year.”

 
 

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