National and Regional Partners

NEA logo




National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.





South Arts
South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 that assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.




National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency comparable to the North Carolina Arts Council to support excellence in and access to the arts.


Statewide Service Organizations

Across North Carolina, organizations provide programs and services to their members, artists and arts organizations, as well as the broader arts community. Below are links to organizations that are resources for the arts industry in the state:

Arts Access, Inc.
Arts Access is a non-profit dedicated to enabling North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities, and to encourage them to participate fully in the rich cultural and artistic life throughout the state.

Classical Voice of North Carolina
An online arts journal covering performing and visual arts events throughout North Carolina.

Handmade in America
A nonprofit organization promoting craft and culture for community and economic development in western North Carolina.

North Carolina Dance Alliance
The North Carolina Dance Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1982 to serve and support the development of dance in North Carolina. NCDA offers a variety of programs and services to serve the dance community.

North Carolina Dance Festival
Established in 1991, the North Carolina Dance Festival is an annual showcase of North Carolina dance artists that travels to five communities across the state. Eight different companies are selected by a jury of dance professionals to tour each city and perform alongside local artists, making the annual concert a mix of local and statewide artists.

North Carolina Folklife Institute
Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document and present traditional culture in North Carolina.

North Carolina Presenters Consortium
The consortium advances the performing arts through collaboration, shared resources and professional development. The group also manages a statewide performing arts events calendar at

North Carolina Theatre Conference
The North Carolina Theatre Conference works to improve and enhance the environment for quality theatre in North Carolina through service, leadership and advocacy.

North Carolina Writers’ Network
A nonprofit literary arts service organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. The network sponsors a variety of conferences featuring workshops, intensive courses and national recognized speakers.