Hayodan 2020 is happening!
The downtown Mayodan festival "What the Hay Fest" has been cancelled but don't be fooled, the hay bale sculptures placed all around town are still happening!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenny Edwards, Executive Director
Rockingham County Arts Council
124 S. Scales Street
Reidsville, NC 27320
Cell: (336) 339-6169
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY ART & THE PANDEMIC
Reidsville Area Foundation awards $15,950 to
Strengthen the Arts in Rockingham County
REIDSVILLE — Rockingham County Arts Council received a grant from Reidsville Area Foundation to support a strategic partnership between leading arts organizations across Rockingham County. Funding will enable four organizations to keep their doors open through the end of the year. The organizations rely on fundraising events and fees from classes in order to stay open; however, the health crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic created a sharp drop in traditional revenue sources.
“Without rescue funding, we were looking at losing major pieces of our local arts infrastructure,” said Rockingham County Arts Council Executive Director Jenny Edwards. “We wanted to do more than merely save the organizations, so we challenged ourselves to consider how the arts could come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.”
In addition to stabilizing the organizations financially, the project intends to build resiliency among five art nonprofits across Rockingham County through the creation of the new RoCo Art Alliance, an initiative started by Rockingham County Arts Council and Fine Arts Festival Association.
RoCo Art Alliance’s first collaborative project is a series of artist/maker workshops to document the experience of the pandemic in Rockingham County. The virtual programs are intended to connect participants, give voice to their experiences during the pandemic, and create a body of work to be publicly displayed when the health crisis is over.
The artist/maker workshops will be held online and will be free and open to the public. The project’s website is under development at www.rocoartalliance.org.
The founding partnership organizations of RoCo Art Alliance are Rockingham County Arts Council, Fine Arts Festival Association, Piedmont Folk Legacies, Mayodan Arts Center and Art in the Garden. Organizations wishing to join RoCo Art Alliance are encouraged to contact Jenny Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Moore at email@example.com. A 501(c)(3) status is not required to join the Alliance.
Additional support for the project comes from Sheetz, Inc. through their support of the Summer P.I.C.K. program; North Carolina Arts Council though its support of the Rockingham County Arts Council and the Grassroots program.
Rockingham County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a designated partner with the North Carolina Arts Council which builds on our state’s long standing love of the arts and leading the way to a more vibrant future.