Grants

Arts Build Community Grant

Now Closed | Opens January 2021

Timeline

Proposed projects may take place between May 2020 to June 1, 2021

  • January 2020: Application becomes available
  • March 6, 2020: Applications due. All application materials must be received by 5 pm in the digital platform SlideRoom.
  • April 2020: Applicants will be notified of their status

Overview

Arts and culture are a fundamental part of our community that helps us connect with one another and better understand history, people, and new ideas. It brings beauty and inspiration and encourages conversation. They are also an important economic driver that improves our quality of life, health, and wellbeing. Participation in cultural activities (as opposed to spectatorship) connects people to each other and to their community institutions, providing pathways to other forms of engagement. Arts and culture can create opportunities for political expression, community dialogue, shared cultural experiences, and civic work. When people become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of places, they develop a vested interest in using and maintaining these spaces. When they have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to the places they frequent, the community becomes a better place to live, work, and visit. The residents’ feelings of respect and responsibility for the place bonds them to that place and to each other. No architect or town planner can design or build a place that does that. Including young people as meaningful contributors to the social and economic aspects of community building must not be overlooked and cannot be left to schools and parents alone.

Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Creative placemaking projects aim to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design.

Description & Eligibility

This grant program funds innovative, arts-based ideas that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. Projects must be designed to provide broad access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of cultural enterprises. Art must be central to the project, and the proposal must reflect an informed understanding of the particular art form(s) being used, as well as of the communities being served. The projects may use any art form—visual/conceptual art, photography, new media, video, dance, theater/performance art, music, creative writing, or other forms. Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

Assistance

Link to SlideRoom

If you have any questions, please contact us at grants@ashevillearts.com or 828.258.0710.

2019-20 Award Recipients

  • $1,000, BeLoved Asheville: An outside gallery that amplifies the culture and history of Latinx, indigenous, and African American people to be used as an educational hub for youth of color in Asheville.
  • $1,000, Martha Skinner: To facilitate a gathering and sharing between individuals on the autism spectrum resulting in a drawing created together.
  • $1,000, Nuestro Centro: A cultural arts program helps children and youth develop a strong sense of cultural identity through Mexican folkloric dance, music, literature and history.
  • $1,000, Shiloh Community Association: Create series of murals to add to a series being placed along the Legacy Art Trail, to honor important figures from the community’s history.
  • $1,000, Word on the Street/Voz de los Jovenes: Developing, printing, and distributing a zine to document artistic responses to thematic questions by the “squad members”

Logo Use & Recognition

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council. ashevillearts.com

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors, Directors, Sponsors, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website ashevillearts.com. Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County. ashevillearts.com

Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Now Closed | Opens April 2020

Timeline

The application deadline for the 2019-20 North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program for Buncombe County has passed. Information about the 2020-21 RAPG grants will be posted in April 2020.

Overview

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. We’re thrilled to have granted over $250,000 since 2014 to other nonprofits using the arts to do extraordinary work in Buncombe County through annual Grassroots Arts Grants.

The Grassroots Grant Program is made possible by individual and private contributions to the Asheville Area Arts Council’s—and by the Grassroots Arts Program of North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

North Carolina Arts Council

Description & Eligibility

Non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Buncombe County are eligible to apply. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.

Assistance

If you have any questions, please contact us at grants@ashevillearts.com or 828.258.0710.

2019-20 Award Recipients

 

Logo Use & Recognition

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Please note: This grant funded by the North Carolina Art Council and requires additional recognition. Please refer to their branding guidelines for more information. 

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council. ashevillearts.com

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors, Directors, Sponsors, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website ashevillearts.com. Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County. ashevillearts.com

Regional Artist Project Grants

Now Closed | Opens August 2020

Timeline

The application deadline for the 2019-20 North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program for Buncombe County has passed. Information about the 2020-21 RAPG grants will be posted in August 2020.

Overview

The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The selection criteria include artistic merit, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist’s professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself. The Asheville Area Arts Council, Toe River Arts Council, and the Madison County Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Regional Artist Project Grant application is open.

Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural Resource Department, with additional contributions by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council.

  North Carolina Arts Council  Asheville Area Arts CouncilToe River Arts Council  Madison County Arts Council

Description & Eligibility

The Regional Artist Project Grants awards range from $400 – $1,200. Full or partial cash match is not required but is preferred. Artists currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program and artists who have received a Regional Artist Project Grant within the last two funding cycles are not eligible.

Assistance

If you have any questions, please contact us at grants@ashevillearts.com or 828.258.0710.

2019-20 Award Recipients

Buncombe County

  • Katie Damien ($1,000): Financial support to attend a week of workshops and independent film screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival.
  • Renee Gaudet ($892): To purchase a professional grade jewelers steam cleaner necessary to flush the excess pigment used in concrete jewelry line.
  • Ursula Gullow ($1,050): Documentation and storage of work in two 2020 exhibitions based on daily self-portrait practice.
  • James Hendrickson ($1,000): Audio and video recording of original music at Echo Mountain Recording studio.
  • Joseph Herbst ($1,000)Support for performance of This is Our Environment; featuring original jazz, spoken word, environmental justice, stories and visuals.
  • Asher Leigh ($1,058): Assistance to purchase professional quality amplifier and microphone.
  • Ben Mackel ($1,200): Support to record a full-length solo album and marketing  campaign.
  • Cynthia Villa ($1,200): Financial support to attend an Alvin Ailey American Dance company 2020 fall intensive workshop.

Mitchell County

  • Elizabeth Brim ($1,200): Assistance in buying a TIG welder in order to work with new materials in a new way.
  • SaraBeth Post ($1,200): Funds to purchase equipment to expand the scale of glass production line.
  • Liz Zlot Summerfield ($1,200): Funds to support conversion of a studio building for metal work.

Logo Use & Recogintion

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Please note: This grant funded by the North Carolina Art Council and requires additional recognition. Please refer to their branding guidelines for more information. 

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council. ashevillearts.com

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors $25,000 –$49,000, Directors $10,000 – $24,999, Sponsors $5,000 – $9,999, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website ashevillearts.com. Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County. ashevillearts.com