Regional Artist Project Grants

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Deadline date for the Regional Artist Project Grants is September 20, 2019

Ncarts1The Regional Artist Project Grants are awarded to individual artists throughout eastern NorthCarolina in 29 counties, and is a grants program partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. This grant is not applicable to organizations.

Eligible artists include North Carolina residents who have resided in eastern North Carolina for at least 2 years in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Artists can include musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, literary artists, as well as visual artists. The average grant award is between $500 and $1,000.

There will be three regional workshops in eastern North Carolina:

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery
404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858
Thursday, August 8th at 5:30pm

Application Information

DUE DATE for online application: September 20, 2019 by 11:59pm

DUE DATE for mailed or dropped off hard copy applications: September 20, 2019 by 5:00pm or closing time of local arts council.

Mailed applications to:
Emerge Gallery & Art Center 404 S. Evans St. Greenville, NC 27858

or you can drop it off to your local Arts Council. Please check with them as to the closing time on September 13th.

Regional Artist Project Grants Facts & Guidelines

Regional Artist Project grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of a new work
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with participating in a professional exhibition or conference
  • Development or updating promotional materials – websites, brochures, DVDs, and CDs

Regional consortia match a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council at least dollar for dollar to create the pool of grant funds. The North Carolina Arts Council grants funds to the regional consortia by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in the region, and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors. The average grant to artists is between $500 – $1000.

The Eastern North Carolina regional consortia consists of arts councils from Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.  Each arts council may contribute a portion of its Grassroots funds to support the Regional Artist project program.*  Matching funds may also come from other public and private sources, including foundations and trusts, preferably from within the region.

Participating consortia promote the grant opportunity to the artists in their region, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee made up of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, and facilitate the selection and award process. North Carolina Arts Council staff advises each regional consortium and attends selection panel meetings.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium, and receives the Regional Artist Project grant applications, schedules regional training sessions for artists, and manages the grant selection process.  For more information, contact Holly Garriott, Executive Director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, holly@pittcountyarts.org, (252) 551-6947 or Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, North Carolina Arts Council, jeff.pettus@ncdcr.gov, (919) 807-6513.

*Subject to overall dollar limits for the region.

2018-2019 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Nash County
Naomi M. Berger, Currituck County
Teal Darkenwald, Pitt County
Dan Elliott, Pitt County
Kimberly Garland, Lenoir County
David Ingram, Pitt County
Margaret Grace Joyner,  Lenoir County
Gerard Lange, Wilson County
Gary S. Mitchell, Hyde County
Lisa Beth Robinson, Pitt County
Benoit Smith, Pitt County
Charity J. Valentine, Wayne County
Christina Lorena Weisners, Dare County

2017-2018 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Kelly Adams, Pitt County, Visual Art
Matt Amante,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Jason Coale  Pitt County, Theatre
Karen Lee Crenshaw,  Onslow County, Visual Art
Mica Joy Eanes, Duplin County, Visual Art
Jill Eberle, Craven County, Visual Art
Marnette Graff,  Hyde County, Literature
Tyler Griffin, Jones County, Music
Lesette Kornegay, Lenoir County, Music
Timothy Lazure, Pitt County, Visual Art
Marty Silverthorne, Pitt County, Literature
Donna Slade, Pamlico County, Visual Art
Suzanne "Spaine" Stephens, Pitt County
Michael Tahaney, Beaufort County, Music

2016-2017 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Raymond Alvarado, Onslow County, Printmaking
Scott Eagle, Pitt County, Painting
Michael Hill, Pitt County, Sculpture
Heather Muise, Pitt County, Printmaking
Donna Lee Nyzio, Carteret County, Painting
Kathryn Osgood, Dare County, Metal Design
Lisa Beth Robinson, Pitt County, Glass
Taylor Cefalo, Carteret County, Music
Joanna Reed, Bertie County, Literature
Barbara St. Amand, Dare County, Literature
Teal Darkenwald, Pitt County, Dance
Ken Wyatt, Nash County, Film

2015-2016 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Gabrielle Freeman,  Pitt County, Literary
Megan Oteri,  Wilson County, Literary
Matt Amante,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Andy Denton,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Erika Eagle, Pitt County, Visual Art
Mi-Sook Hur, Pitt County, Visual Art
Daniel Kariko,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Charles Mumford, Greene County, Visual Art
Wyatt Speight Rhue, Onslow County, Visual Art
Joshua Allen, Pitt County, Music
Martha Brown, Pitt County, Film