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NC Folklife Area Planned for National Folk Festival: Generation Now!

The North Carolina Folklife Area at the National Folk Festival in September will celebrate North Carolina traditions that are flourishing in the hands of millennial artists, officials announced today.

“North Carolina has always recognized and celebrated its cultural heritage and our traditional artists,” Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi H. Hamilton said. “Generation Now! is a wonderful opportunity for visitors and residents to experience our state’s rich traditions as interpreted by talented young artists.”

Nonprofit Arts & Culture Sector Generates $2.12 Billion

A study released today by Americans for the Arts, in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, shows that the nonprofit arts and culture sector in North Carolina generated $2.12 billion in direct economic activity and supported almost 72,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2015.
 
“Not only do the arts fuel the mind and spirit, they fuel our economy,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “This study confirms that the arts bring jobs, income and visitors to North Carolina, and underscores the important role the North Carolina Arts Council plays in nurturing our creative economy.”

Deadline for Nominating Traditional Artists for N.C. Heritage Award is May 1

Raleigh, N.C., March 1, 2017 — Nominations are open for the North Carolina Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists, until Monday, May 1.

Craft, music and storytelling artists, who help preserve North Carolina’s unique folkways through the traditional arts of their communities, may be nominated for the award.

N.C. High School Students in ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Competition Showcase the Written Word

Raleigh, N.C. (February 21, 2017) — North Carolina high school students from 30 school districts across the state will take the stage on Saturday, March 4, in Greensboro, to compete in the annual statewide Poetry Out Loud Semifinals and Final Competition. The state winner will advance to the Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C. this April.

North Carolina Arts Council Grant Programs Now Open for Organizations

The 2017 grant application season has launched and guidelines and applications for the North Carolina Arts Council’s seven grant programs for organizations are now available.  

The deadline for receiving 2017-18 grant applications is Wednesday, March 1 and applications must be completed electronically through the North Carolina Arts Council’s online portal

Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council are one of the ways the state’s extensive infrastructure of arts organizations is sustained and advanced.

Cross-Cultural Musical Collaborations, the Nile Project, Stops in NC

A collaboration with universities across the state will bring music from 11 countries in east Africa, all connected by the Nile River, to North Carolina for a series of musical celebrations.

A cross-cultural collaboration, the Nile Project features artists who collaborate on new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on earth that represent more than 450 million people. The first U.S. tour was in 2015.

The National Endowment for the Arts Funds 16 Art Projects in NC

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that 16 nonprofit organizations and one artist in North Carolina will receive $452,500 for fiscal year 2017.
In total, the NEA plans to award $30 million to nonprofit organizations and individuals across the country to promote opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. 

Arts Council of Henderson County Awards Regional Artist Project Grants for Three Counties

The Arts Council of Henderson County, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2016-17. These grants are awarded to artists planning projects that have artistic merit and promise to advance the career of the artist or collaborating group. The grants are open to emerging and established artists.

Historic Healing Arts and Military Partnership Expands to N.C.

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network Launches New Sites and Programs

Bethesda, MD (October 25, 2016)— The Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. is one of five new clinical sites for expansion of the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Four Western North Carolina Artists Receive NC Arts Council Artist Fellowships

Raleigh, N.C. (October 11, 2016) — Jackson Martin, Jason Adams, Jaydan Moore, and Andrew Hayes, all of the Asheville area, have a received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award in the category of visual art or craft.

The four artists are among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016–2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

Wilmington Filmmaker receives N.C. Artist Fellowship Award

Raleigh, N.C. (October 11, 2016) — Shannon Silva of Wilmington has received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the category of film and video.

She is among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016–2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

Three Triad Area Artists Receive NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Awards

Raleigh, N.C. (October 12, 2016) — Sheryl Oring, Helen Simoneau, and Robin Gee, artists working and living in the Triad area, have received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award in the category of visual art or choreography.

The three artists are among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

Four Charlotte Area Artists Receive NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Awards

Raleigh, N.C. (October 12, 2016) — Andrea Vail, John W. Love, Jr., Stephanie J. Woods, and Thomas Schmidt all of the Charlotte area, have a received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the category of visual art or craft.

The artists are among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

Four Triangle Area Artists Receive North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships

Raleigh, N.C. (October 12, 2016) — Harriet Hoover, Katina Parker, Jina Valentine and Lien Truong, all of the Triangle area, have a received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the category of visual art or film.

The artists are among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

John Huneycutt of Stanly County Receives NC Artist Fellowship Award

Raleigh, N.C. (October 12, 2016) — John Huneycutt of Oakboro in Stanly County has received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award in the category of visual art.

Huneycutt is among 17 artists from across the state to receive the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

Governor McCrory Proclaims Arts in Education Week September 11 to 17, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed the week of Sept. 11 –17, 2015 as Arts in Education Week in North Carolina.   

“Arts education is an essential element of a complete and well-rounded education for all students,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “Arts education contributes to increased attendance and graduation rates; elevates academic achievement; and prepares students for college, career and citizenship readiness.”

NC Folklife Area: One State: Many Worlds kicks off Saturday at National Folk Festival

Raleigh, N.C. (September 6, 2016) — One State: Many Worlds, presented by the North Carolina Arts Council this weekend at the National Folk Festival, will feature two days of music, dance, food and craft from the state’s diverse immigrant communities.

Artists from around the world, who now make their home in the Tar Heel State, will share artwork and crafts as well as musical and culinary traditions from their homelands from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 in downtown Greensboro.

Kohler Foundation Gift Completes the Restoration of the Vollis Simpson Whirligigs

Raleigh, N.C. -- A vision six years ago by Wilson community leaders to restore and preserve the gigantic wind-driven kinetic sculptures created by one of North Carolina's most recognized artists took a giant leap toward completion with the announcement this week of a Kohler Foundation gift.

Organizers of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park announced that a new partnership with the Kohler Foundation will complete the restoration of the balance of Vollis Simpson's kinetic sculptures, set to top-off the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum, located in downtown Wilson.

Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency Award Deadline Set for March 15, 2016

The deadline to apply for the Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency award is set for Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

This is the second cycle for the grant that honors Ms. Regan's four decades of leadership as executive director at the N.C. Arts Council and her long-held beliefs in the importance of the contributions of artists and the transformative potential of creativity to community life.

State Arts Council Slated to Participate in National Economic Impact Study

Raleigh, N.C. (January 12, 2016) — The North Carolina Arts Council announced today that it will participate in a national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences. The study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the leading nonprofit arts organization for advancing the arts in the United States.