Grant available for local artists
Posted at 10:59 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022
A grant is available for local artists, thanks to the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Legislature. Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) and regional partners including Asheville Area Arts Council, Transylvania Community Arts Council, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Arts Council of Henderson County and Rutherford County Arts Council call on artists served by their organizations to apply for the Artist Support Fellowship, which ends October 30, 2022. The counties served by this regional consortium are Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania, also known as Region 17.
The Artist Support Fellowship was created in 2020 to support individual artists during the pandemic and is quickly becoming a staple for local artists. Region 17 reviewed 67 applications in 2021 and awarded more than $44,000 in grants to 25 individuals. Artists’ mediums ran the gamut and each project was different. Some grants have funded the purchase of materials and tools, and others have funded the creation of projects, such as paying for the initial process of writing the book by local Haywood County journalist Garret Woodward for his project on bluegrass legend Raymond Fairchild. Fairchild was “known as the ‘World’s Fastest Banjo Player’ and was born and raised in Haywood County,” says Woodward. “This is a project that gets to the real meaning of supporting local artists,” notes Morgan Beryl, CEO of HCAC.
Region 17 will continue to use NC Arts Council’s GoSmart! system which is an online application portal. “We learned a lot last year using this system and expect this year to be even easier for candidates and jurors,” Beryl says. This year, the biggest change is that the funding range is increased to $3,000. Region 17 has decided to increase the amount of funding available to $3,000 rather than the $2,000 cap of 2021. There is no artist pairing required under this year’s grant guidelines, so Region 17 partners hope that with this increased range, they can really help artists complete a project without overcharging them with a higher amount.
HCAC and Region 17 partners are excited to see applications for the 2022 season. More information can be found at https://www.haywoodarts.org/grants-funding/ or https://ncarts.gosmart. org/.
Submitted by Debra Torrence