Cucalorus to Receive $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


Wilmington, NC—Cucalorus is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $30,000. This grant will
support the 30th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, happening November 20-24, 2024 in
downtown Wilmington. In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling
more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to Cucalorus Film Foundation, which is helping
contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National
Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to
support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity
to live artful lives.”

Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley shared, “We’re honored to be supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts and for being recognized by our peers as an important leader
in supporting independent media artists. Funding from the NEA allows us to provide direct
financial support to more than 100 artists each year, who come to Wilmington to share bold,
brave, and creative stories.”

The 30th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will include 70+ events from film screenings to
expanded cinema and performances. The multi-disciplinary festival showcases more than 120
independent and international films complemented by performances, art installations, and a
beloved program of dance works and dance films. Interested in becoming a sponsor for
Cucalorus? Email Executive Director Dan Brawley at for more info. To read
more about the other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

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