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.
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.
Receiving grants for 2016-2017 include: Kevin Aita, Watauga County, to purchase supplies for glass painting; Lynda Black, Wilkes County, to attend a writing seminar and retreat; Paul Fuelling, Watauga County, to purchase equipment for woodworking; Leesa Kessel, Ashe County, to purchase a pottery kiln; Richard Prisco, Watauga County, to purchase materials for a new body of work in wood and glass sculpture; Kilby Spencer, Ashe County, to record a new traditional music CD; Susan Van Wyk, Ashe County, to purchase a new painting easel. A multi-disciplinary panel from the four county regions judged applications in visual arts, music, film and literature. This grant is partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, in partnership with the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties. For more information, call your local arts council or 336-846-ARTS.