Western North Carolina Arts Councils Announce Grants

The Arts Council of Henderson County, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, all in North Carolina, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2011-12. This grant is for professional artists who wish to further their career through purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, travel expenses associated with a professional opportunity, or development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures and websites.

Work by Elynn Bernstein

The Arts Council of Henderson County is the Designated County Partner for the distribution of funds provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. These funds are matched by the three participating counties.

Work by John Popiel

A total of $4,500 in RAPG grants were awarded to: Susan Barrett of Henderson County for marketing materials; Karen-Eve Bayne, Henderson County, for creation of a professionally produced audition demo for storytelling events; Elynn Bernstein, Henderson County, to create a booth to display work effectively for Southern Highland Guild shows and similar venues; Mark Connelley, Transylvania County, for materials for creation of a large scale monolithic sculpture; David Day, Transylvania County, to build a body of photographic work; John Popiel, Transylvania County, to attend a woodturning workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School; and Susan Webb Tregay of Henderson County, for art supplies and a brochure for a Hickory Art Museum solo show in 2012.

Work by Ssuan Barrett

“The panel, which consisted of artists who represented corresponding artistic endeavors, had to make extremely difficult decisions in granting the funds,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, “because the fourteen artists who applied from across Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties are exceptionally talented.”

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  The Arts Council is located at 401 N. Main St., third floor (entrance on 4th Avenue West) in Hendersonville, NC.

Work by Susan Webb Tregay

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council which is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

For more information contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504, e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or visit (www.acofhc.org).

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