The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant
The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is being offered to qualifying committed artists in the WNC region in order to enhance public spaces and increase awareness of local artists and the importance their role within the community.
Projects considered for this grant should meet many, but not necessary all, of the following criteria (unless otherwise indicated):
- Supports or enhances and existing municipal plan or local strategic goal
- Will take place or be presented in public (Strongly Suggested)
- Addresses or ameliorates a social issue
- Builds community and/or encourages community participation
- Provides or enhances an economic development opportunity for an individual artist, group or project
- Enlivens an underused or under-appreciated public space
- Creates neighborhood identity
- Displays excellence in craftsmanship and design (Required)
- Compliments the surrounding environment
- The relationship of the project to community need is well defined
- Applications should be written with a particular project in mind (Required)
- Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check. (Required)
Thank you to all the artist who submitted applications fot the 2012-2013 grant cycle
The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is awarded annually to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists by funding a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms. The Regional Artist Project Grants range from $400 – $1,200.
This grant is sponsored by:
The Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council as well as Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties for 2012-2013. Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional contributions by the aforementioned arts councils.
The 2011-2012 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients
- A. K. Benninghofen, to attend the AWP Writer’s Conference
- Britt Kauffman, to complete a full-length play and advertise the production to be held at the Parkway Playhouse
- Pam Brewer, to make her studio accessible for classes and to the public
- Darrell Copeland, for funding for transportation and materials to participate in the 2012 International Turning Exchange Residency program
- Sondra Dorn, to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
- Ben Elliott, for electrical wiring and shelter coverage for his studio space
- Chris Galloway, to film “The River Artists” reavling their life and work along the French Broad River
- Joanna Gollberg, to purchase a camera for documenting jewelry techniques in her travels to India
- Frank Lombardo, for paint materials for a new body of work
- Gaylene Petcu, to purchase a complete set of 402 Unison Soft Pastel sticks to complete a series of 12-16 pastel paintings
- Justin Ray, for the composition, performance and audio/visual recording of a multi-movement piece for a jazz quintet and string quartet
- Liz Summerfield, to purchase a 30″ Shimpo Slab Roller.
- Eric & Carrie Tomberlin, to purchase an Epson inkjet printer that will enable them to combine digital technology with traditional photographic processes
- Matt Tommey, to attend a class with Danish basketmaker Ane Lyngsgaard in Denmark.
About the RAPG Program
Asheville Area Arts Council is proud to partner with the Avery County Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council and Toe River Arts Council for the Regional Artist Project Grant, supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, an organization funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to the program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have been a resident of Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell or Yancey County as of July of the preceding year.
Awards may be used for a variety of projects, such as attendance at workshops or master classes; production of audio or video demonstration tapes or visual arts portfolios; purchase of supplies or materials needed to complete or produce a new work; or the purchase of equipment. Grant applications must outline a specific project, clearly showing its relationship to the artist’s career development. Proposals must be for projects that will be completed by December of the granting year.
Artists are highly encouraged to attend the Grant Writing workshops in their respective county. The workshops will offer step-by-step instruction for completing the application, as well as some advice on presenting a positive proposal.
Selection criteria include excellence of work, demonstration of exceptional talent, serious professional commitment, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist’s professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself. Individual grant requests may range from $400 – $1,200. Funds may not be used as scholarships or for projects that have already been completed. Recipients within the last two years are ineligible to apply. Grant cycles occur yearly with fall deadlines, announced in late summer.
Applications are available through the Asheville Area Arts Council (828) 258-0710; the Avery County Arts Council (828) 898-4292; the Madison County Arts Council (828) 649-1301 or the Toe River Arts Council (828) 765-0520 or 682-7215. Applications are also available online at www.toeriverarts.org, www.madisoncountyarts.com, www.averycountyartscouncil.org, and www.ashevillearts.com