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 on Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30 pm. for interested applicants; other workshop dates and locations will be announced. The workshop is designed to help artists be more competitive with their applications and to walk them through the application and grant process. Please call 336-846-2787 to reserve a spot!
Regional Artist Project grants are available for the 2018-2019 year. Artists that are at least 18 years of age, not enrolled in a college or university and residing in one of those 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 for 2017-2018 include: Andrew Arend, Watauga County, for support for a new exhibit; Francine Barr, Watauga County, to purchase supplies and equipment for jewelry making; Kimberly Becker, Ashe County, to attend writing conference and launch book; Cindy Berry, Wilkes County, to purchase supplies and equipment for visual art; Randall Dameron, Wilkes County, to purchase photography equipment, Katherine Ford, Watauga County, to purchase supplies for costume and puppet construction; Trevor McKenzie, Watauga County, to support album production; Rebecca Petruck, Ashe County, to attend literary conference and for promotion of book; Patrick Richardson, Watauga County, to purchase visual art equipment.