A one-day music festival planned for Lewisburg this summer received a boost Friday, with an announcement by Congressman Nick J. Rahall that Carnegie Hall has been awarded a $10,000 grant for the event by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Lewisburg Festival is slated for 3 to 10 p.m. July 26 on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace, the lawn that spans the space between the arts center and Greenbrier Hall, the primary Lewisburg campus of New River Community and Technical College.

“We’re still working on all of the details and finalizing contracts with performers,” said Heather Falls, Carnegie’s marketing director.

The festival will celebrate artists who embody American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, Falls said. Everything should be unveiled on Carnegie’s website in January, she noted, hinting that the event will feature approximately five acts.

A member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Rahall said, “Carnegie Hall is a historic landmark, enjoying a prized status as one of only four Carnegie Halls still in use. Its rich history and dedication to the arts in southern West Virginia has brought music, film and live performances to young and old alike for more than 100 years.”

Carnegie Hall executive director Susan Adkins said, “We truly appreciate the support of Congressman Rahall and the commitment of NEA to bringing arts to rural communities.”

This grant is provided through the NEA’s “Challenge America Fast-Track” grant program, which offers support to small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, $7 from nonfederal sources for each dollar awarded.

To find out more about Carnegie Hall, visit its website at www.carnegiehallwv.org.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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