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Posted on: February 7, 2020

The Arts Have Emotional and Economic Impact

Non-Profit Arts and Cultural Organizations Serving Norfolk Citizens May Apply for Grants

The Arts Have Emotional and Economic Impact
Non-Profit Arts and Cultural Organizations Serving Norfolk Citizens May Apply for Grants

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk offers the highest quality and the widest array of artistic experiences. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to help support the organizations that make the arts and culture come alive. These organizations have a great economic impact as well.

In Fiscal Year 2019 (September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019), more than 273,000 students, seniors, and people of all ages in Norfolk enjoyed 3,936 performances, events, and programs presented by the medium to small arts and cultural organizations in the city.

The arts give people opportunities for self-expression and enhance the quality of life for everyone. They also have an important economic impact in Norfolk – more than $6 million last year alone. For every dollar the City invests in the arts, $23 are directly returned to the economy.

Grant supported programs reach into every neighborhood and give all citizens the opportunity to enjoy the finest arts Norfolk has to offer. Each year, the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities awards grants to non-profit organizations that enrich the lives of Norfolk’s citizens through the arts and humanities. The applications for grants to organizations which do not receive other City of Norfolk funding are now available.

The grant applications are for Fiscal Year 2021 (September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021). The deadline to return grant applications is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications will be submitted online at norfolkcommission.submittable.com.

Grant assistance workshops are scheduled for

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library at Broad Creek, 1425 Norchester Ave, Norfolk VA 23504
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pretlow Library, 111 West Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk VA 23503
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., at the Slover Library, 235 East Plume Street, Room 110, Norfolk VA 23510

Workshops generally last one hour.

For further information, please email artscommission@norfolk.gov, or call Debra Burrell, Arts Manager at 757-664-4330.


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