Why This Matters: ASC Regional Artist Project Grants provide creative artists with the resources they need to advance their careers in 2019.
By Bernie Petit
An ASC grant is helping a Charlotte creative share the tradition of storytelling with a digital audience.
Kali Ferguson, a bilingual storyteller who focuses on the cultures and people of the African diaspora and Latin America, is working to increase her online presence through story performance, creative coaching and cultural education videos.
But in order to get started, she needed the right equipment.
So she applied for – and received – an ASC Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) for $783 last year to purchase a professional video lighting kit. The lighting kit will help her give viewers a quality online storytelling and performance experience.
“If someone doesn’t have a clear picture because the lighting is bad, it makes it harder to concentrate on the actual art,” Ferguson said.
Every year, ASC, in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) counties, and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment and donors to ASC’s Annual Fund Drive, awards project grants to artists of varied disciplines throughout the greater Charlotte region.
The awards allow artists to attend professional development experiences or purchase or rent a piece of equipment.
Ferguson received her first RAPG four years ago to purchase a new computer.
“That just changed my life,” she said. “I can’t believe I did anything without this computer.”
She’s now using it and her new lighting kit to create video clips to engage her followers.
“With my moving online and storytelling being an oral experience and my poetry being an oral experience and my people’s experience of being an oral culture, people have to hear me,” she said.
In 2019, 40 established and emerging artists will receive grants ranging from $296 to $2,000. The grantees were selected from more than 80 applicants, who requested a total of $135,670 for $67,500 in available funding. Recipients represent nine counties and disciplines from film and theatre to visual arts and dance.
2019 RAPG recipients
John Allemeier – $1,000
To support the studio recording of Clarinet Quartet.
Saran Almond – $1,640
To purchase a wireless microphone kit suited to interviewing more than one person on camera while achieving quality sound.
Tom Banfield – $1,875
To purchase an Olympic Medallion MAS 1823HE Kiln with an Orton Kiln Vent, a vented ceramic kiln.
Audrey Baran – $2,000
To support a choreographic mentorship for herself and her dance company, resulting in a formal performance in spring 2019.
Josh Barkey – $2,000
To attend the Glen Workshop in 2019.
Betsy Birkner – $2,000
To purchase a kiln for firing hand-built ceramic sculpture and experimenting with surface texture and color.
Bobby Campbell – $1,475
To purchase a RISOGRAPH duplicator (color screen printer) and ink.
Quiaunna Carelock – $1,199
To purchase a potter’s wheel and establish a private home pottery studio to develop and maintain studio artist practice.
Micah Cash – $1,799
To purchase equipment to photograph historic fishery locations in the Albemarle Sound.
Sharon Dowell – $2,000
To participate in the Vermont Studio Center Residency.
Carl DuPont – $1,660
To attend an Alexander Technique Workshop offered by the specialists at Alexander Technique International in Malibu, California.
Hazel Foster – $1,749
To purchase a laptop computer for writing and editing a novel manuscript for publication.
Cray Francis – $2,000
To purchase a Mac Book Pro Laptop with Final Cut Pro X software.
Dana Gingras – $2,000
To replace and upgrade a saw central to a new series of work, which combines glass and metal.
Patrice Gopo – $1,186
To attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2019 conference.
Joanna Henry – $295
To purchase kiln furniture and equipment to set up a home studio.
Sarah Ingel – $1,524
To purchase a mobile iPad system needed for choreography, curation, collaboration and communication.
Ian Johnson – $630
To purchase a computer and essential playwriting software, Final Draft 10.
J. Ashley Knight – $1,50
To purchase the Virtual Reality HTC Vive Pro- full kit with Tiltbrush application.
Susan Lambert – $880
To attend Florida Society of Goldsmiths Wildacres Summer Workshop for one week in June 2019.
Ruth Ava Lyons – $2,000
To attend the 2019 Arctic Circle residency program aboard a Barquentine tall ship that sails an Arctic archipelago 10 degrees latitude from the North Pole.
Andrew McMillan – $2,000
To purchase a MacBook Pro powerful enough to handle video editing.
Sean Meyers – $2,000
To attend the week-long intensive Multimedia Immersion Workshop in Syracuse, NY.
Ice Montgomery – $1,300
To purchase a desktop computer to complete a visual music album.
Marge Loudon Moody – $1,789
To purchase wood frames in support of a new exhibition at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, S.C.
Kenny Nguyen – $2,000
To participate in a month-long residency at Vermont Studio Center in April 2019.
Eric Pickersgill – $1,989
To purchase an Epson v850 Pro high resolution flatbed scanner and 800 sheets of Ilford HP5 Black and white 4×5 film to complete the photographic series “Removed.”
Sarah Provencal – $2,000
To attend La Mama Umbria International Symposium for Directors Summer 2019.
Jamelia Ptah – $900
To produce the one-woman show “Bubba Moo Diaries,” a comedy musical revue about the life of a “has been” opera singer.
Tamela Rich – $2,000
To attend Authors Lab 2 at Charlotte Lit.
Giuliana Polinari Riley – $2,000
To upgrade photography equipment with the purchase of a Canon EF 70-200 featuring 2.8 Telephoto Zoom Lens.
Martin Settle – $2,000
To purchase a new iMAC laptop to handle upcoming projects that include using photographs, writing, and assemblage art.
John Shaughnessy – $1,000
To purchase a Zoom F8 Field Recorder and case to document and release live performances.
Alex Sulikowski – $2,000
To attend an eight-week metal concentration workshop at the Penland School of Crafts in spring 2019.
Elizabeth Sullivan – $2,000
To support the editing and mastering of a chamber music CD featuring the works of Thea Musgrave.
Thomas Thoune – $2,000
To purchase a blunger for the purpose of making fine and constant batches of paper clay.
Lorraine` Turi – $2,000
To purchase a Canon EOS 5d Mark IV camera to expand photography work to include video.
Carlos Vargas – $1,900
To purchase a projector and video mapping software to create experimental public projections.
Brett Whitmore – $2,000
To purchase a Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR camera.
Tamara Williams – $2,000
To attend a one month dance intensive for professional development in Salvador, Brazil.