Saluda Arts Festival receives grants

Published 9:55 am Friday, March 15, 2013

The Saluda Business Association is proud to announce that it has received two grants in support of its 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival.

Polk County Community Foundation’s Saluda Fund Grant will support the musical entertainment at the 10th Annual Saluda Arts Festival.

The vision of the Polk County Community Foundation is to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County and the surrounding area.

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The mission of the Polk County Community Foundation is to:

• Support charitable and beneficial activities in the community

• Provide and administer a variety of planned giving programs

• Serve as responsible stewards of all funds entrusted to it

• Provide initiatives in recognizing areas of community needs and supporting solutions.

The Polk County Community Foundation can be contacted at 255 South Trade Street Tryon, 828-859-5314, fax: 828-859-6122 or email:

The Saluda Arts Festival received a $500 grant through the Tryon Fine Arts Center who serves as the NC Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Polk County. The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others.

For more information about the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program, contact executive director Beth Child at 828-869-8322, ext. 211 or

The 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival is May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in downtown historic Saluda with more than 70 artists showcasing their talented works of art. For more information about festival entry, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or  Deadline for entering the festival is March 15.

– article submitted by Cathy Jackson