Since its inception, Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center has been committed to being a true community resource. From high school graduations to free-of-charge dance residency performances, the Center has hosted thousands of young people and underserved community members — but that’s only the beginning!

Through the generosity of private donors and a grant program administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, the Broadway for a Better World initiative provides free-of-charge tickets to the Wilson Center’s Cape Fear Stage PNC Broadway & Stars Series. The mission of this program is to make the theater experience and all of its associated benefits available to underserved populations, particularly young people under the age of eighteen.

Nonprofit organizations in New Hanover and Pender counties can apply to receive tickets to Wilson Center PNC Broadway or Stars Series performances. The application period begins November 26, 2018 and ends on January 14, 2019.  The grant application is available at A majority of the tickets granted will go to organizations serving area youth.



Regional Artist Project Grants


(For New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender & Columbus County artists)

2018-2019 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Diego Camposeco – $1000 – Purchase an Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner  to create anthotypes, which are images made from the photosynthetic materials of plants. 

Julia Jensen – $550 – Complete rebuild of an oxygen concentrator used in lampwork/bead making. 

Sarah Jones – $1000 – Framing for 20 portraits in “Celebrating Connections with People of Color” exhibition.

Kirstin O’Malley – $1000 – Purchase of a used kiln. 

Dana Sachs – $1000 – Travel in association with research for “A Drop in the Sea: Refugees on the Threshold of Europe”

Julianne Scott – $1000 – Two-week workshop titled “The Alchemy of Sculpture” in Richmond, VA under Robert Bodem, founder of the Sculpture Department at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

John Sullivan – $1000 – Rent for studio to serve as an incubator/documentary institute.

Sheena Vaught – $1000 – Purchase of a laptop with sufficient RAM to operate filmmaking software.

Peggy Vineyard – $1000 – Abstract Painting Immersion Workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Melanie Walter – $1000 – Purchase of an additional building to house ceramic kilns

Sara Westermark – $1026 –Materials to create an enameled torso of scale armor.

Melissa Wilgis – $1000 – Purchase supplies for making photograms, shadowlike photographic images made by placing objects between light-sensitive paper and a light source.


Grassroots Arts Program Grant


2018-2019 Grantees

Bellamy Mansion / $500 / Jazz @ the Mansion series

Black Arts Alliance, Inc. / $2500 / 16th North Carolina Black Film Festival

Cape Fear Chorale  / $1500 / 20th anniversary season

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival / $450 / Space rental

Cape Fear Community College / $5000 / Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co. residency

Chamber Music Wilmington / $3000 / 24th season/educational outreach

Dram Tree Shakespeare / $500 / 2019 show TBA

The Hope Center / $1500 / Hope’s Lens journal of art/stories from the homeless population

Mouths of Babes / $1500 / Full season of plays for teens/young adults

No Boundaries International Art Colony / $1050 / Travel from Bald Head Island to Wilmington for outreach activities

North Carolina Jazz Festival / $5000 / Youth workshops/master classes during 39th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival

Opera Wilmington / $2500 / Period costumes for “Die Fledermaus”

Port City Music Festival / $500 / 11th annual summer concert series

Thalian Hall / $5000 / Pied Piper Children’s Theater – “Bossy in Space”

UNCW Office of the Arts / $5000 / 2nd annual Lumina Festival

WHQR / $3000 / Production of “A Season’s Griot”, only annual national Kwanzaa broadcast

Wilmington Ballet/U.S. International Ballet / $1500 / Alice in Wonderland

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival / $500 / Educational outreach

Wilmington Music Festival / $500

Wilmington Symphonic Winds / $1000 / Season of three concerts

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra / $5000 / 2018-2019 Music for Youth

Working Narratives / $1500 / Coastal Youth Media Project

Total: $50,000