By Aaron Fiedler, Public Relations and Communications Assistant
Since 1991 the Arts & Science Council has worked in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford and York counties to support the development of local artists through the Regional Artist Project grant.
The program, supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment, is one of the few grant opportunities ASC provides to solely support the improvement and betterment of individual artists.
This year the grant saw a complete overhaul to ultimately help support more. Formerly the grant separated artists into two camps: (1) experienced artists with 10 or more years of experience, and (2) emerging artists with fewer than 10 years of experience. This classification limited the amount of money artists could apply for to either $3,000 or $5,000. The program was also only open to certain disciplines that alternated every year.
Now artists of all disciplines can apply in any given year, though they can’t have received money in the last two years, and there is no longer a distinction between experienced and emerging artists. As part of the changes there will also no longer be any partial awarding of grants – it’s all or nothing up to $2,000. The grants can be used to pay for one professional development fee or one piece of equipment.
“We are excited that this revamped grant program will allow us to invest in more regional artists,” said ASC President Scott Provancher.
If you would like to find out more about the Regional Artist Project grant and learn how you can apply, click here.
There will be two information sessions for interested parties in the coming weeks. They are:
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Arts Council of York County
121 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, S.C.
The deadline to apply for the RAPG is September 22 at noon.