North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant
Region #10 (Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin)
2020-2021 Grant Winners
The Yadkin Arts Council announces the 2020-2021 (Region #10) NC Arts Council’s Artist Support Grant Winners
Eleven artists from Region #10 receive total of over $9,600 in grant funding of direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic
(Yadkinville, NC) – The Yadkin Arts Council, who oversaw the Region #10 grantees for the 2020-2021 installment of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Artist Support Grants, announces the 11 grant winners who all reside in Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, or Yadkin County. The Artist Support Grants were created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.
In order to apply for this grant, artists eligible represented either visual, craft, performing, traditional, or interdisciplinary art forms. In their applications, they had to demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. Each recipient received partial or full funding for new projects that take place between now and June 30, 2021 – funding ranged from $500-$1200 per artist.
2020-2021 Artist Support Grant Recipients:
Shirley Cadmus (Caswell) – To experiment with a wide variety of filaments and 3D pens to produce a body of work as well as gain the ability to demonstrate the technique to other artists.
Eddie Carter (Stokes) – To invest in recording equipment to record, publish, and distribute an album of original music while gaining more publicity and the ability for collaborations with other artists.
Gail Craddock (Rockingham) – To upgrade Art Studio and get needed electrical work completed to prepare to install a new electric kiln.
John Mark Daniel (Rockingham) – To complete a mural series in Draper, North Carolina highlighting its history and sense of community.
Kathryn Gauldin (Rockingham) – To create a series of hand weaved and hand dyed yarn art illustrating landscapes and patterns of light to be exhibited in galleries and virtual online exhibits.
Candice Martin (Surry) – To digitize artwork to create prints and make art more accessible to a new art market.
Roy Melton (Caswell) – To produce a high quality online musical performance with his band, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos.
Valerie Nieman (Rockingham) – To convert original novel, “To the Bones”, into an audiobook.
Bryan Rierson (Yadkin) – To create “Handmade- Portraits of the Artist’s Tools” photography series that will feature artists and artisans hands rather than their faces.
Mary Ellen Ryan (Rockingham) – To complete the final phases of “Paws to Reflect”: a colorful and contemporary series of animal murals for the Rockingham County Animal Shelter.
Nicole Uzzell (Stokes) – To enhance skill set as a welder and builder of steel armatures for stronger, larger sculptures by gaining access to better equipment and more materials through a membership at a local maker space.
For more information about the Artist Support Grants, contact Executive Director Sarah Smith by phone at (336)-679-2941, or by email at Sarah@yadkinarts.org.
Region #10 (Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin)
Guidelines for Application
Guidelines and Information
The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.
Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. The Artist Support Grants will support new or ongoing projects that take place before June 30, 2021. Awards may range from $500-$1200. Applicants may receive full or partial funding.
- Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
- Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in the region where they are applying for at least one year before the consortium’s application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. The consortium may require proof of residence and status. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés documenting residence for all team members should be included with the application.
- Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY2020–2021 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.
- Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.
- Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, nonstudent artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible. Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. Other questions and special circumstances should be discussed with N.C. Arts Council
Eligible Projects and Costs
Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.
- Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
- Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
- Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
- Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines
Ineligible Projects and Costs
- Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
- Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
- Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
- Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)
Applications must be completed and submitted online to: firstname.lastname@example.org
– OR –
Mailed to: Yadkin Arts Council, P.O. Box 667, Yadkinville, NC 27055 (must be postmarked by September 30, 2020)
– OR –
Hand-delivered to: Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 226 E. Main Street, Yadkinville, NC 27055 (must be delivered by 5pm on September 30, 2020)
· Overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork as demonstrated by work samples
- Feasibility of the proposed project
- Contribution of the proposed project to the advancement of the applicant’s professional artistic development and practice
All completed Artist Support Grant applications will be judged by a multi-county panel of established artists, arts professionals, and arts educators and administrators who will review and evaluate the applications and allocate funds for selected projects.
Information and Assistance
For more information, please contact: Sarah Smith (email@example.com)
Application Workshop Schedule: August 20 (2-3pm) & September 17 (10-11am).
Grant Panel: October 28, 2020
Award Announcement: October 30, 2020
(Grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period)
Virtual Workshops for the artists that are interested in applying for the NC Arts Council’s Artist Support Grant. These workshops will walk you through the process step by step and will give you an opportunity to ask questions and to help you prepare to fill out and submit the grant application.
Local Arts Council Contact Information
Caswell Council for the Arts – Denise Burnette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rockingham County Arts Council – Jenny Edwards (email@example.com)
Surry Arts Council – Tanya Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stokes County Arts Council – Eddy McGee (email@example.com)
Yadkin Arts Council – Sarah Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)