Carolina Ballet Debuts ‘Macbeth’ in Raleigh

April 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, Carolina Ballet will debut its new ballet based on the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. With original choreography and a newly written score, founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss has created what will surely be a classic.  The Pope Foundation has been a part of the early vision, supporting the ballet with a $100,000 grant for this project in 2015. Carolina Ballet reimagines timeless Macbeth BY MARTHA QUILLIN mquillin@newsobserver.com RALEIGH The Carolina Ballet has found a new way to tell a 400-year-old tale, stripping the dialogue from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and replacing it with dance and music. In this wordless medieval world, costumes, sets and lighting help convey the timeless story of ambition, affection, murder, deceit and madness. “For me, it sort of begins with stone,” said Jeff A.R. Jones, resident designer for the show, premiering April 14. Since he began designing and building sets for the ballet, Jones has become obsessed...

New $500,000 gift to North Carolina Art Museum creates the Joy W. Pope Gallery

March 13, 2016

From the Triangle Business Journal By Amanda Hoyle   The John William Pope Foundation, named for the founder of the Variety Wholesalers and Roses retail discount chain, has awarded a $500,000 grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to name one of the museum’s gallery spaces in memory of the late Joyce W. Pope. The Museum’s Gallery 2, a 2,800-square-foot gallery space that’s hosted exhibitions of work by Edvard Munch and Leonardo da Vinci, will be renamed as the Joyce W. Pope Gallery. Joyce Pope, wife of John William Pope and mother of the Variety Wholesalers CEO, chairman and former state budget director Art Pope, was president of the Pope Foundation from 1986 to 1992. She was also a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. In a news release about the announcement, Art Pope noted that his mother had always been a strong supporter of the arts. "She would be humbled. But I also think she would be delighted to know that many visitors,...

Dandelion Eatery Awarded $100,000 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

March 1, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. -- At a press conference in Hendersonville, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. The Dandelion Eatery, a project of Safelight Family Services (formerly Mainstay Women’s Shelter) received a one-time gift of $100,000 to expand its commercial teaching kitchen. Opened in 2013, Dandelion Eatery provides jobs training for domestic violence victims while operating as a restaurant open to the public. [caption id="attachment_4493" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dandelion is located in Hendersonville, N.C. and is open M-F, 10 am - 3 pm.[/caption] “Ultimately, we were highly impressed with the innovative nature of the Dandelion Eatery project,” said Foundation Vice President Joyce Pope. “They saw a way to break the cycle of abuse by empowering their clients to be self-sufficient, and that goal has positive lifelong effects for individuals, families, and...

United Arts Council recognizes Pope Foundation during annual State of the Arts and Culture

January 27, 2016

  RALEIGH, N.C. – During the annual State of the Arts and Culture presentations on January 13, the United Arts Council of Wake County recognized the John William Pope Foundation as the Individual/Foundation Winner of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Award. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope was on hand to accept the award during the presentation at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Lisa Grele Berrie, President and CEO at NC Theatre, nominated the foundation for the award.  Additional recipients of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards included Golden Corral (Large Business Winner), Jerry’s Artarama (Small Business Winner), and educator Marshall Butler (Sanderson High School Choral Director). The Raleigh-based Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens in North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The foundation’s past arts support has included grants to Carolina Ballet, NC...

The arts teach critical lessons | A commentary by John Hood

January 13, 2016

    By John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation This commentary appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on January 13, 2016    Why should young people study the arts? It's not because a large number of them will grow up to become professional dancers, singers, musicians, sculptors, or painters. Such outcomes are rare. Even most of those who go on to spend much of their adult lives performing or producing art do so as an avocation or part-time endeavor. It's not how they pay their bills or support their families. In this, however, the arts are hardly distinctive. Most kids who play sports never make the pros. Most young tinkerers never become famous inventors. Most young entrepreneurs who start their own enterprises never become millionaires. [caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignright" width="300"] John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation[/caption] We expose young people to a varied diet of lessons and experiences to build their...

Pope Foundation grants $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in December

December 15, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation recently awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle. Of that, over $1 million went to humanitarian organizations that meet hunger, housing, and health needs, primarily in the Triangle region. That figure includes $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014. “We’re pleased to help ease the burden of North Carolinians who are in need,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Our grantees are doing excellent work to ensure that real and pressing issues are addressed in our communities. They are also providing first-class access to arts and education. The true value of our grantees’ work cannot be overstated,” said Pope. First-time grants were made to Camp Corral ($10,000), Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina ($10,000), the Hope Center at Pullen ($5,000), Junior Achievement of the Triangle ($5,000), TROSA ($10,000), Wake...

Occoneechee Council Announces 2015 Pope Scholarship Recipients

October 10, 2015

Raleigh, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the recipients of the 2015 Pope Eagle Scout Scholarships. This March, four area high school students were selected from an applicant pool over 50 young men to each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary undergraduate education. Recipients of the 2015 scholarships included: Joseph Daniel Melvin of Southern Pines; Andrew John “AJ” Raulynaitis, II of Willow Spring; Andrew Walker Smith of Cary; and Jesse Franklin Tarte, III of Raleigh. “Seeing such a promising group of young men who are committed to making a difference in both their communities and academic studies is rewarding and fulfills the vision of this grant program,” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the Pope Foundation. Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. The...