The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will further their professional careers. Maximum grant request is $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include the overall excellence of the applicant’s work, accomplishment and commitment of the artist, the feasibility of the proposed project and the impact the project will have on the applicant’s career.
Artists who are interested in applying for a grant are invited to attend one of the free information sessions where they will learn more about the program and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Emerging Artists Grant Information Sessions for 2013-14
July 17, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
Richard H. Thorton Library, 210 Main Street, Oxford, NC
Contact: Max Burrus, 919/691-3595, President, Granville Arts Council
August 1, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro
Contact: Gwendolen Blackburn, Chatham County Arts Council, 919/542-0394
August 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham
Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919/560-2720
August 12 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Monday)
The Kirby Gallery, 213 North Main Street, Roxboro
Contact: Erin Elizabeth Ganey, 336/597-1709, or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
August 13, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Contact: Martha Shannon, Orange County Arts Commission Director, 919/968-2011
Online application forms are linked from the Durham Arts Council website at (www.durhamarts.org).
The application deadline is midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
The Emerging Artists Grant program is open to artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties.To be eligible for an Emerging Artists Grant, an artist must have lived in one of the five partner counties since Sept. 18, 2012, be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form.
The Emerging Artists Program is cited repeatedly by local artists as providing important financial support and significant public recognition of their professional achievements. In its 29-year history the Emerging Artists Program has awarded $484,356 through grants to individual artists. Durham Arts Council coordinates this program in partnership with the local arts agencies of adjacent Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties.
Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Grant Program is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, the Chatham County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Wainwright Fund for New Works and support from other interested organizations and individuals.
In 2013, the Durham Arts Council celebrates 59 years of “Creating Community Through the Arts.” Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a private, not for profit, 501 c (3) organization that promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. DAC is one of the oldest arts councils in the United States, and one of the largest in North Carolina. DAC manages the historic Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St., a public facility in downtown Durham that houses the offices of ten arts organization, four galleries, two theatres, a community arts school, art production facilities, classrooms, event venues and rehearsal spaces. DAC’s year-round programs serve over 400,000 people each year through grants and technical assistance for arts organizations and individual artists, art exhibitions, classes in the performing and visual arts, artist residencies in the public and private schools, arts and cultural planning, advocacy and fundraising, Durham Art Walk, and CenterFest, Durham’s annual street arts festival. Through the DAC Annual Arts Fund, Dinner’s a l’ Art, grants, and earned income, DAC raises nearly $2 million each year to provide programs and services and support the arts in Durham. For more information visit Durham Arts Council.
For further information call the Council at 919/560-2787 or visit (www.durhamarts.org).