Application Window Opens for 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants

July 1, 2017

The John William Pope Foundation has opened the application period for the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in The Arts and the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. ...

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Awarded 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts

March 3, 2017

Courtyard of the Cherokee Project will combine local artisans and cultural elements for an outdoor experience   [caption id="attachment_4639" align="alignright" width="300"] Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is housed in a rock schoolhouse built in 1926 and nestled on 10 acres of land in Graham County, North Carolina. Photo: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.[/caption] RALEIGH, N.C. – The John William Pope Foundation awarded the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County.  The Stecoah Center received a $100,000 grant for its Courtyard of the Cherokee Project, an outdoor art installation that will highlight the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ (EBCI) contributions to the Stecoah community.  It’s a part of an innovative long-term plan to enhance the Center’s ten-acre property. “We are extremely excited and humbled to be selected to receive the Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts,” said the Center’s...

Pope Foundation Will Award $200,000 in Statewide Competitive Grants

September 14, 2016

Deadline to submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants has been extended to October 24   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced they would again offer two statewide competitive grants. North Carolina nonprofits can apply for the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services until October 24, 2016.  The foundation will award $100,000 to a selected nonprofit for an innovative project that will be completed in 2017.  Interested organizations should visit the foundation’s website at www.jwpf.org for more information and application instructions. “Traditionally, the Pope Foundation’s humanitarian and arts giving has focused on needs in the Triangle area,” said foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.  “But we know there are needs across the state and organizations with innovative ideas to address those needs.  This competitive grant program allows us to directly impact...

Innovative Play by Raleigh Little Theatre Hits the Stage

April 25, 2016

Audience participation is needed for this town hall set within a play [caption id="attachment_4518" align="alignright" width="300"] The Raleigh Little Theatre debuts "Beertown" on May 2, 2016. Photo courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre.[/caption] It's a play that has nothing to do with beer, yet everything to do with it at the same time.  In its Raleigh, North Carolina debut, "Beertown" performed by Raleigh Little Theatre, offers theatergoers an innovative arts experience where they become part of the on stage action. An original production of the Washington, D.C.-based theater company, dog & pony dc, “Beertown” is described as “an ensemble-devised interactive exploration of history, civic ritual, identity, community, and memory that incorporates live music, dance, group song…and a dessert potluck.” In the play, citizens of a city called Beertown gather (every five years) for a historical 'Quinquennial Celebration.'  During the festivities, a town meeting is...

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,...

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. [caption id="attachment_4539" align="alignright" width="300"] Pope Foundation and NC Theatre staff and board members at the 2016 United Arts Council of Wake County Support of the Arts Awards.[/caption] 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...