Regional Artist Projects grants available to artists

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Article Published: Sep. 5, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 14, 2013

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina is a partnership between the arts councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Its goal is to provide support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their careers.

The Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson will host a workshop Thursday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. for applicants to help them be more competitive with their applications and to walk them through the application and grant process.

Regional Artist Project grants are available for the 2013-14 year. Artists who are at least 18 years of age, not enrolled in a college or university and residing in one of the abovementioned four counties for a least one year prior to making application are eligible. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists, and the grant funds may be used to pursue projects that will further their artistic development.

Grants generally range from $200 to $1,000 and may be used by the artists for a variety of purposes, including the cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions, training or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities, equipment or the production of new work. Applications are reviewed by judges and a selection review panel from all four counties.

Receiving grants in 2012-13 year were Kim Abernethy, Watauga County, week-long workshop at Wild Acres; Grace Dorsey, Watauga County, bead camp workshop; Leigh Ann Henion, Watauga County, travel funds for research; Austin Leonard, Watauga County, purchase of prints; Susan Owen, Watauga County, purchase plasma cutter; Collee Riddle, Wilkes County, publication costs; Cheryl Roberts, Ashe County, workshop and materials; Susan Van Wyk, Ashe County, supplies for plein air; and Hollis Wild, Ashe County, workshop and materials.

Grants are partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council in partnership with the local agencies. Information and applications are available from the local arts councils in Alleghany (336-372-2578), Ashe (336-846-ARTS), Watauga (828-264-1789) and Wilkes (336-838-1076). Applications are also available online at

Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed or hand delivered to the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson by Friday, Sept. 13. For an application or for more information, call your local arts council or the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-ARTS.

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