Joyner Library at East Carolina University in Pitt County has been awarded $10,000 from the N.C. Arts Council for 7th Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming.

The funds will be used to bring artists originally from the area back home to meet with people of the region, allowing both artists and residents the opportunity to appreciate eastern North Carolina’s rich history of culture and talent.

Blythe Tennent, Director of Project Development said, “State funds allow Joyner Library to provide quality arts programming for students and adults, while also sustaining our local economy.”

Last year, Joyner Library provided programming for more than 500 participants. A highlight of our programming is to provide an enriched environment for scholarship, collaboration.

To register for the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, visit   All sessions are free, except the Author Luncheon that is $15.00, and advanced registration is necessary to secure seating in the workshops.  This event is open to the public.

“The support of our grants program by the General Assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

More than 13.6 million people participate in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 4.3 million of these were children and youth.

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In fiscal year 2010-11, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $7.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural, and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at

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