The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout Eastern North Carolina working as a consortium. Counties include 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.
Residents in these counties are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at (http://www.pittcountyarts.org/grants/regional-artist-project-grants).
Since 1985, the state Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of eastern North Carolina arts councils matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In 2009-2010, more than $200,000 was awarded to 142 artists statewide for projects that advanced individual artistic development. In the East, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $2,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead arts council for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium and manages the application and review process. Applications must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 either online, or packets may be delivered to Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC, by 4:30pm.
For more information, contact Holly Garriott, executive director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, by e-mail at (email@example.com), call 252/551-6947 or Connie Wenner, Council for the Arts at 910/455-9840 or e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).