Art grants open to applications

Article Published: Aug. 9, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 9, 2012

The Watauga County Arts Council is offering Grassroots Grants to local community organizations.
Organizations need not be arts organizations, although projects that are funded must be arts-related projects.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 31.

Two free workshops are being offered to advise and assist applicants. The workshops will be held Monday, Aug. 13, at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Appalachian Enterprise Center, located at 130 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

To register, call the arts council at (828) 264-1789 or email to pre-register for the workshops.

More information, application forms and guidelines are available on the Watauga Arts Council’s website,

In addition, artists living in Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties are encouraged to submit grants applications for this year’s Regional Artist Project Grants. This year’s application deadline is Sept. 14.

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina Grants Program is a partnership between the arts councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties and the N.C. Arts Council. It is intended to provide financial support to artists of all disciplines in ways that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their career.

Information sessions have been scheduled to help artists better understand the application process. Tips for creating a competitive application, grant guidelines, and how-to information will be shared. Directors of each of the participating local arts councils will be available to answer questions and to help applicants.

In Watauga County, artists may attend a free workshop Monday, Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Enterprise Center. The workshop will be conducted by Watauga Arts Council executive director Cherry Johnson.

This year’s grant applications will be due on Friday, Sept.14. Application forms and guidelines are available online at

For more information on either of the grant programs, call the Watauga Arts Council at (828) 264-1789.

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