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Regional Artists Encouraged to Apply for Project Grants; How-To Workshops Available Aug. 27

Aug. 7, 2012. Artists living in Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties are encouraged to submit grants applications for this year’s Regional Artist Project Grants. This year’s application deadline is Sept. 14, 2012. 

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina Grants Program is a partnership between the arts councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties and the North Carolina Arts Council. It is intended to provide project support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their career.

Regional artist applicants are exceptionally talented individuals pursuing their career in the arts and have completed the basic education in their respective art form. The grants provide financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Grant awards generally range from $200 – $1,000.

An informational workshop has been scheduled to help artists better understand the application process. Tips for creating a competitive application, grant guidelines and how-to information will be shared. The workshop is free and will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 pm at the Appalachian Enterprise Center in Boone. It will be conducted by Cherry Johnson, WCAC Executive Director. Artists are asked to pre-register by calling 264-1789 or emailing wcac@watauga-arts.org.

Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed or hand delivered to the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson by Friday, Sept. 14. However, grant applications will also be accepted in the Watauga County Arts Council offices at the Appalachian Enterprise Center in Boone through Thursday, Sept. 13.

Applications are available on www.watauga-arts.org, as well as on the websites of the partnering arts councils. 

For more information, call the Watauga County Arts Council at 828-264-1789.