The Surry Arts Council was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Reynolds American Foundation.
The director of Community Engagement Programs for the Foundation, Mamie Sutphin, was in Mount Airy recently to present the check to Terri Champney, president of the Surry Arts Council Board of Directors. The presentation was made prior to the June monthly meeting of the board of directors.
The funds will be used for operations to increase both programming and staffing at the Historic Earle Theatre, according to information released by the arts council. Part of the funds will be used to match grant money that supports free year round free guitar and fiddle lessons at the Earle. The arts council strives to provide free and low cost programming, weekly, year round at its venues.
“The vision of the Surry Arts Council is that the arts are a significant part of the life of our community,” according to the statement released by the council announcing the check presentation. “The arts council strives to provide opportunities for everyone in the community to have high-quality experiences in the arts while ensuring continuity through financially responsible leadership,” the statement said.
“We are very pleased to support the Surry Arts Council,” said Sutphin. “We have several employees who live in Surry County and it is important that we give back to the communities where our employees live and work.”
The Reynolds American Foundation is a non-profit corporation, established as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt private foundation, that administers certain charitable and educational giving programs on behalf of Reynolds American Inc., its operating companies and their employees. The Foundation primarily focuses contributions on educational, arts, and human-service programs in communities where significant numbers of employees of Reynolds American and its operating companies live and work.