Art Council Taking Applications for Grants

Funding helps local artists with personal projects
Local artist Cheryl McGraw’s piece

For the second year, THE ARTS COUNCIL OF WILMINGTON & NHC will give grants to area artists to help them with their projects.

The deadline to apply is September 19.

“The Regional Artist Project grant is a highly competitive grant for artists of all disciplines who are looking to take their artistry to the next level, whether through additional training, completion of a work, or the purchase of equipment,” says Rhonda Bellamy, the arts council’s executive director. “As we work to showcase the region as an arts destination, it’s important that we invest in our artists by funding projects that are pivotal to their artistic careers.”

The arts council administers the program through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts councils. Bellamy says residents of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties are eligible to apply for the grants.

Projects can come from a range of disciplines, from visuals arts to film to literature to dance.

Grants are typically between $500 and $1,000, according to The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC officials, who added that the local arts councils match funding from the state organization.

Though the North Carolina Arts Council has given funds for the program since 1985, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County administered the grants in southeastern North Carolina in recent years before the Wilmington arts council formed.

“They administered for fifteen counties and awarded $15,000,” Bellamy says of the former system through the Fayetteville group. “We were fortunate to be able to have $15,000 in funding for just four counties (in 2013). Partner counties in the region contribute to the pool of funds, which I was able to supplement through a grant. I’m hoping the same will hold true this year.

Last year’s grants to seventeen artists totaled $15,000, which included support from Duke Energy, and helped pay for workshop trips, equipment, and supplies.

One of the recipients, CHERYL MCGRAW, used her grant to help buy materials for pieces that combine her background in calligraphy and oil painting.

She has a show in November at The Art Factory to display the work.

“That will be a culmination of my project,” she says, adding that the money helped her experiment more with the pieces. “It just kind of gives you the freedom to explore without worrying about the cost of everything.”

For more information or to apply for the grants program, click here.

There are two upcoming workshops scheduled about the grants:

August 13, 5:30 p.m

Brunswick Community College

Building D – Room 151


August 18, 5:30 p.m.

New Hanover County Public Library

201 Chestnut Street, Third Floor