Arts Council Seeks Grants Application

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC is accepting applications for the 2014–2015 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

The Regional Artist Project program is administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts councils working as a consortium. Counties include New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

Residents in these counties are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at .

Champion of Hope Award Nominations Sought

Do you know someone who has led a life of caring for others, who selflessly and compassionately gives of him or herself, and who has dedicated themselves to improving the lives of those affected by cancer?

Women of Hope is currently seeking nominations for its 2014 Champion of Hope. The Champion of Hope Award was established to recognize a person professionally employed in a care or support role that provides care or treatment for cancer patients in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow or Duplin counties. The recipient of this award is someone who has demonstrated compassionate care and has been a source of hope and optimism in the administration of their care or support. This award seeks to identify and recognize a multi-accomplished individual who has enriched the lives of cancer patients and treats patients with extraordinary compassion. This person serves as a role model illustrating professional behavior by example.

Award Criteria and Requirements:

• Nominees must be professionally employed in a direct care or related support role to a patient who has received cancer care within the last five (5) years.

• The top three nominees will be selected and honored at the Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball in Wilmington, NC on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Each nominee will receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and one guest for the evening.

• The award recognizes those who embody characteristics and qualities of compassionate care, including:

§Listening carefully, showing empathy and instilling hope;

§Communicating with sensitivity to patients and loved ones;

§Understanding the significance of patients’ families and communities;

§Respecting patients’ values, culture, choices and decisions.

Award Recipient Selection:

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee and three finalists will be selected. All three finalists will attend the Diamond and Champagne Hope Ball where one nominee will be presented the 2014 Champion of Hope Award.

Award Ceremony

Each year, the Women of Hope organization will host the Diamonds and Champagne Hope Ball where the annual recipient of the Champion of Hope Award will be presented as part of the evening’s festivities. The event will include a formal award ceremony, including dinner, dancing and other activities.

Important Dates

• May 1, 2014 – Nominations open (

• July 31, 2014 (11:59 pm EST) – Nominations close

• August – Mid-September 2014 – Review and Selection

• Mid-September 2014 – Three finalists notified

• November 22, 2014 – Diamonds and Champagne Hope Ball – Champion of Hope Award


If you know a deserving individual who embodies the principles of compassion, hope and optimism while leaving a lasting impression, please let us know by visiting to download or complete an on-line Nomination Form. Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2014.

Contact: Penny Millis,

Women of Hope Director of Development

Direct: (910) 799-7178


Community Foundation Seeks Applications

The New Hanover County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014 grant application cycle, and the application deadline is Tuesday, April 29.

Proposals are sought from New Hanover County nonprofit organizationsin support of broad charitable purposes in the areas of arts and humanities, education, the environment, health, human services, public and societal benefit and youth development.  Funds are also available for programs that promote improved race relations in New Hanover County.

Strong consideration will be given to projects that build charitable capacity for the non-profit through such efforts as board training, staff development, strategic planning, and efforts that promote sustainable funding for the organization.  Collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged.  Grants are notavailable for capital campaigns, capital improvements, out-of-state travel or for individuals.

The 2014 application is available on the New Hanover County Community Foundation website,

The New Hanover County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, and it provides endowment services to more than 86 funds.

Ansell Hingle Scholars Named

Thalian Association, North Carolina’s oldest community theater, is proud to announce that Alexandra Skye Henderson is the recipient of both the Donn Ansell and Pat Hingle Scholarships. The two scholarships are administered annually by Thalian Association and awarded to a deserving high school senior who has proven to be a serious student of the theater, and one who has plans to further his or her theatrical education following graduation. Applicants must have been active with Thalian Association as performers, actors or technicians.

Alexandra is the daughter of Mary Beth and Steve Henderson of Wilmington. She has been active in local theater all her life as an actor, singer and dancer. She is one of the founding members of Thalian Association Children’s Theater Leadership Program. A senior at Coastal Carolina Christian High School, Alexandra hopes to combine her love of theater with her desire to help people in need. She plans to pursue degrees in Music Therapy and Musical Theater.

The Pat Hingle Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the renowned actor of stage and screen who once called Wilmington home. A long time veteran of stage, film and television, Mr. Hingle was best known in recent years for his role as Commissioner Gordon in four Batman movies. The Donn Ansell Scholarship was established in 2013 by his family to honor Donn’s many achievements in local theater, radio and television, his service to the Wilmington community and his proud history with Thalian Association as its first Managing Director. The scholarship will be funded through the generous contributions of the Ansell family and friends.

The $500 scholarship awards will be presented to Ms. Henderson at the Thalian Association Annual Meeting on June 4th in the Donn Ansell Studio at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Michael Walton Jones, Donn Ansell’s life partner and well known member of the theater community, will present the Donn Ansell scholarship award.