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.*Full or partial cash match is not required, but is preferred.
2015 application information will be available soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jodi John Pippin at email@example.com or 828.258.0710.
This grant is sponsored by:
The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), Madison County Arts Council (MCAC), and the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC). Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, with additional contributions by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County, Madison County Arts Council, Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts, and the Toe River Arts Council.
- Professional, individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists of all disciplines
- May be either emerging or established artists
- Must have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of their career
- Must have been a resident of a participating county as of July 1, 2013
- Must be at least 18 years of age
Who/What is Not Eligible
- Artists enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at time of project
- Projects that have already taken place
- RAPG recipients who have received a grant within the last two funding cycles
- Projects assists the development of an artist’s career in a way that is appropriate to that artist
- The relationship of the project to career achievement must be well defined.
- Applications should be written with a particular project in mind
- Review committee is looking for diverse project proposals
- Exceptional talent and overall excellence of the artist’s work
- Demonstrated commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
- Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check.
- Typical grant awards might include funds for expenses in the following areas:
1. Training – For example, the cost of tuition to attend a master class conducted by an acknowledged authority in the artist’s medium, or to attend a workshop on portfolio preparation or some other aspect of effective presentation of talent.
2. Travel – For example, costs for transportation, lodging and food incurred in association with special training.
3. Career Promotion – For example, the cost of producing a quality audio demonstration tape for a musician, a video demonstration tape for a choreographer, or a portfolio for a visual artist.
4. Completion/Production of New Work – For example, the cost of purchasing supplies and materials necessary for the completion of a significant new work of visual art, or costs associated with staging a public presentation of a new performance.
5. Equipment – For example, the cost of purchasing a kiln for a potter, or darkroom equipment for a photographer.
- Completed Application, including budget and project narrative
- Resume: Must include education, employment, exhibitions, performances, publications, commissions, honors, and other biographical data. List previous awards, grants or fellowships, including dates and amount.
- References: Must provide two (2) letters of reference from individuals with qualifications in the arts who know your work well.
- Supporting Materials: You must submit supporting materials documenting the art that you have completed in the past three years that relates directly to your project. You may submit reviews, programs, and/or catalogues.
- Please do not provide your only copy.
- Label all supporting materials with your name, title of work, date of work.
- Only one copy of each supporting material required except for Literary Arts; see below.
- Must Also Include:
- For Visual Arts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including artist name, title, date, dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
- For Performing Arts: Videotape, audio tape, CD or DVD (no longer than 10 minutes) with a written paragraph about the performance
- For Literary Arts: Up to 12 pages of manuscript (scanned on disk)
- For Ceramic Arts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including artist name, title, date, dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
- For Media Arts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including title, date, dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
ü Digital image requirements: Approx. 2×3 inches. JPEGS preferred, TIFFs accepted; 72-300dpi.
Please Choose One:
- E-mail grant package (application, resume, letters of recommendation, and applicable support materials) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- E-mail grant package minus support materials. Hand-deliver support materials to one of the four (4) arts council locations (see end of application guidelines below)
- Mail application and support materials to Toe River Arts Council, PO Box 882, Burnsville, NC 28714 (must be received by October 14, 2014, 5pm).
- If you unable to provide grant package digitally (with the exception of support materials), please call Kate at 828.682.7215 to make other arrangements.
- If you would like for us to return your support materials please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a return address to Toe River Arts Council, PO Box 882, Burnsville, NC 28714.
- If you would like to pick up your materials, they will be available at the Toe River Arts Council beginning the week of December 8, 2014 and will be held for no longer than six (6) months.
- Please weigh your materials to ensure proper postage.
- Agencies are not responsible for incorrect postage.
ü Grantee must submit a report after completion of the project that includes photos and summary of the project. Grantee will receive a template for this report with the award check. Failure to do so may result in elimination from funding consideration for future projects.
This grant is sponsored by:
The Asheville Area Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council
as well as Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties for 2013-2014. Support is
provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional contributions by the
aforementioned arts councils.
Click here to download the 2014-15 Application and Information.
2014-15 Award Recipients:
From Buncombe County-
Jude Whelchel $1,000.00 To attend AWP Conference to seek agent representation for novel.
Bridget Conn $ 750.00 To attend Society for Photographic Education National Conference in New Orleans
Ben Nixon $1,200.00 To produce body of work photographing the Carolina landscape for a book
Alex McWalters $1,200.00 To print physical duplications of five-song EP, CD format
Anya Hinkle $1,000.00 To finance and release first album
Anna Johnson $1,200.00 To affordably build a jewelry casting facility in my studio.
Lisa Sturz $1,200.00 To conduct a series of solo performances beginning with Japanese story of ”Little One Inch”
Barbara Zaretsky $1,200.00 Marketing consulting services & purchase photographic equipment to promote my work
Jenni Cockrell $ 997.00 To stage a cohesive evening length Butoh dance concert
Giles Collard $1500.00 To create a contemporary dance/theatre ballet about work/legacy of 17th century Mexican nun, sor Juana de Asbaje.
Lesley Keeble $1200 My project is to integrate earthenware clay and porcelain clay into my mixed media sculptures through the purchases of a Skutt, electric kiln
From Regional Counties:
Joey Sheehan $1500 To purchase materials to finish building a kiln
Liz Summerfield $1000 To upgrade parts to a ceramic kiln
Katey Schultz $1053 To cover lodging and meals for Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference April 2015
2013-2014 Award Recipients:
Bromelia Aerial Dance Collection [Performing Arts]: $1,200 to help fund cost for its members to attend the international recognized Aerial Dance Festival, Boulder, CO;From Buncombe County –
- Julie Becton Gillum [Performing Arts]: $1200 to stage a piece entitled, “Biosphere,” part of a larger five-section work entitled, “Sphere”;
- Lockie Hunter [Literary Arts]: $400 to attend a four-day poetry workshop intensive at the 18th Annual West Virginia Writer’s Workshop;
- Cathie Langdon [Visual Arts]: $600 to purchase an eight-harness loom;
- Harper Leich [Visual Arts]: $300 to paint “Flower Essence Portraits” – six paintings of six collaborators embodying the energetic essence of six chosen plants;
- Tom Pazderka [Visual Arts]: $600 to assist in producing and continuing a new body of work;
- Erin Canady [Visual Arts]: $1200 to fund participation as an artist-in-residence at the Gullkistan community in Laugavartn, Iceland.
From Madison County –
- Timothy Burkhardt [Literary Arts)]: $500 to help defray travel costs for a series of nonfiction stories about three friends who travel across the U.S. while working for a carnival.
- Emily Reason [Ceramic Arts]: $740 to purchase tools needed to produce a series of narrative sculptures;
- Francesco Lombardo [Visual Arts]: $1200 to hire a professional assistant capable of guiding the mixing of color, and to purchase a large quantity of paint for the process.
From Mitchell County –
- Elisa DeFeo [Ceramic Arts]: $294.86 to purchase materials and small equipment needs for studio in order to return to full-time production;
- David Eichelberger [Ceramic Arts]: $660 to purchase a mechanical slab roller;
- Scott Summerfield [Ceramic Arts]: $500 to purchase a computerized temperature controller to run a recently built annealing oven.
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.