The Artist Support Grants program is managed through a partnership with the Arts Council of Moore County to serve artists in Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and participating arts councils.
Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, including visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops.
Grant awards generally range from $500 to $1200 and are intended to fund projects that begin no earlier than December 1, 2020 and conclude by June 30, 2021. Virtual workshops via Zoom for interested artists will be offered at 5:30 pm on September 1, 2020 and September 9, 2020. RSVP is required to receive your Zoom invite.
Congratulations to Gene Stowe for being a recipient of the Regional Artists Project Grant. Regional Artist Project Grants, supported by the Union County Community Arts Council and 8 other regional arts councils, provide awards for individuals and artists groups to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.
Stowe received $2,000. A 1972 graduate of Monroe High School started The Union Observer for The Charlotte Observer in 1981 and continued until 1993. In addition to his work as a full-time freelance writer, he is gathering historical documents and images for the documentary “Inherit the Land”, telling the story of a rare familial love between black and white families in Marvin, NC.
Cozarts Entertainment of Knoxville is creating the creating the documentary. Stowe received a Grassroots Arts Program grant from the Union County Community Arts Council to support the project.
Congratulations to Claire Ritter for being a recipient of the Regional Artists Project Grant. Regional Artist Project Grants, supported by the Union County Community Arts Council and 8 other regional arts councils, provide awards for individuals and artists groups to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.
Ritter is an American jazz pianist-composer , a North Carolina Jazz Composer Fellow and five-time recipient of the Regional Artist Project Grant. Her most recent 2020 project will include the writing of a jazz method book. Her compositions have been performed globally in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.