The Dublin Arts Council recently was approved for a $10,000 grant that will go toward funding the organization's third B.R.E.A.D! Festival, to be held this fall.

The National Endowment for the Arts will award the Dublin Arts Council an Art Works grant, which is the organization's largest funding category and supports projects focusing on arts creation, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The arts council is one of more than 4,500 local arts agencies nationwide and the organization was one of 24 agencies within the Art Works category, said David Guion, the Dublin Arts Council's executive director.

The arts council has budgeted a little less than $93,000 for the festival and the organization is still looking for corporate sponsorships to fund the event, he said.

There also are plans to apply to other foundations to fund the festival, Guion said.

Support from the Puffin Foundation, a $1,000 grant from the Dublin Foundation, and a special $20,000 grant from the city of Dublin's hotel-motel tax fund, will help fund the festival, Guion said.

Vendor fees and beer sales during the event -- this year's brewery is Wolf's Ridge Brewing -- also help fund the event, Guion said.

The arts council annually receives 25 percent of Dublin's hotel-motel tax fund.

That revenue goes toward all of the organization's programming, Guion said.

About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year's free festival planned for Oct. 14 in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway. The event, Guion said, celebrates diversity through arts and culture.

B.R.E.A.D! stands for bake, reconnect, educate, make art and celebrate diversity.

"It's bringing everyone together to metaphorically break bread together," he said.

B.R.E.A.D! is another event that celebrates Dublin's diversity, said Scott Dring, the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director.

"Dublin is a great home for residents and destination for visitors because of the unique experiences and events we offer throughout the year," he said.

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