CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten cultural and arts nonprofit organizations in North Carolina are receiving more than $566,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation to support arts appreciation and educational programs that foster community vitality.
"Arts and cultural programs unite the diverse communities we serve," said David Fountain, Duke Energy North Carolina president. "We are proud to invest in programs expanding access to and fostering appreciation of arts and culture in our state." The grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation, will help enhance arts, music, cultural and professional development programs, allowing the organizations to continue strengthening and expanding their work within our communities. "Duke Energy is a true 'triple threat' arts partner through its support for our main stage and educational programming, engaged and proactive volunteers and professional development opportunities for our team," said Lisa Barrie, president and CEO, NC Theatre. "The board and staff of North Carolina Theatre are deeply grateful for the support of Duke Energy, and Raleigh is a stronger community because of its engagement." The following organizations are receiving grants to strengthen arts and cultural initiatives in North Carolina. Carolina Ballet - $175,000 for the 2016-17 season and Arts Access Initiative, which allows the ballet company to offer affordable performances and continue providing complimentary and discounted tickets to people who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend performances.