LeGeris Underwood Bell, Recipient of 2018 Regional Artist Project Grant for work on Inherit the Land documentary
Jeff Botz, Recipient of 2018 Regional Artist Project Grant
Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients Announced
The Union County Community Arts Council has announced Union County artists Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell have been awarded Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Regional Artist Project Grants provide awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.
Botz attended NYU where he met some of America’s greatest painters and photographers and felt encouraged to pursue his vision in photography. His photography talents have taken him to the Himalayas where he photographs some of his greatest work. His grant award will allow him to purchase a field view camera for distance photographing.
Bell, an Emmy-award winning staff television producer, will use her grant award to develop a crowdsourcing website to raise funds to support her documentary film based on Union County author Gene Stowe’s Inherit the Land. The book recounts the story of a white family in Union County who, in the early 1900s, bequeathed a fortune to the African-American branch of their family.
“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director.
“As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”
The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York SC counties. Artists who have lived in these counties for one year are eligible to apply through the arts councils where they live. The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils support the program.