JCAC Grassroots Sponsorships for 2016-17 are Now Available

The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for
Grassroots sponsorship for 2016-17.  Grassroots Sponsorships are awarded
to organizations in all cultural disciplines through a competitive
application and review process. This sponsorship program is funded in part
by the North Carolina Arts Council and by the fundraising efforts of the
Jackson County Arts Council.  The deadline for applications is June 30,

Grassroots sponsorships are intended to:
•     Provide modest funding for events/projects and publicity/advertising for
Artist Groups/ Artist organizations that will enhance the presence of art
events in Jackson County
•     Support opportunities for Jackson County residents to participate in new
and thought-provoking art events in MUSIC, VISUAL ART, THEATER, DANCE, and
•     Celebrate the traditional arts and cultures of Jackson County as well as
the multicultural aspect of arts in general.

Interested organizations can apply by downloading the application on the
JCAC website: www.jacksoncountyarts.org and sending the application to 310
Keener Street, Sylva, NC 28779.  For more information, contact the Jackson
County Arts Council at 828-507-9820.

Artists, Be Counted

Jackson County Arts Council thinks that artists count.  To make their point, the arts council is counting artists.  Any practicing visual artist living in Jackson County is welcome to participate in a countywide effort to collect data about the visual arts community.  “Artists Count” aims to provide detailed documentation of county artists as a first step in creating an artist directory and expand online access to local talent.


Claire Collins, director of the Jackson County Arts Council, explained the council’s motivation for taking on this project.  “Our county is blessed with a multitude of artists and the Council is looking to expand our support of local artists and arts teachers to inspire creativity and appreciation of the arts in Jackson County.”  Surprisingly, this opinion is not the arts council’s alone.  According to the Western North Carolina Vitality Index, “Creative sector jobs occur in higher per capita numbers in WNC compared to the rest of the state.” “Artists Count” builds on that strength to provide data on creative sector businesses.  Once complete, collected data will be shared with local chambers and arts organizations.  Project director Anna Fariello explains the effort as a way “ to celebrate the artistic heritage and traditions of the region while, at the same time, enhance the economic opportunities of participating artists and studios.  Gathering data about our artists is the first step in promoting their work.”


For an application, contact: ArtistsCount@gmail.com.  Deadline for submitting materials is April 15th.  Jackson County Arts Council can be reached at info@jacksoncountyarts.org or 828-507-9820. Participation is limited to professional visual artists over 18 years old.  Students are not eligible.

Artists Count Survey

“Artists Count” is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Jackson County Arts Council Announces NC Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant Awards

SYLVA, NC January 21, 2016 –Six Western North Carolina artists received funding to support their artistic endeavors.  Recording expenses, book making expenses and purchase of a kiln are among some of the funded projects this year.  Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development

Regional Artist Project Grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils.  Jackson County Arts Council took the lead in this year’s Regional Artist Project Grant consortium that included Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties.

The consortium received 13 applications from artists in each of the participating counties (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon) for a total of $10,636 in requests. This year’s applicant pool was very competitive and featured many deserving artist projects.  However, the following applicants stood out for their artist excellence.  We’re pleased to announce the following recipients of the RAPG FY16 Cycle for a total award amount of $4,916;

  • Zan Barnes – expenses related to making art books with handcrafted covers
  • Travis Bennett-for recording expenses
  • Mason Erlacher- purchase of a kiln
  • Virginia Urani- painting bonsai trees at the Arboretum
  • Ron Wallace- purchase of a tent and display racks
  • Rob Withrow- purchase signs

This year’s panel reviewers included Sallie Taylor, Interim Executive Director at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts; Pam Meister, Interim Director, Mountain Heritage Center at WCU; Brian Kane, Art Program Chair at Southwestern Community College; Denise Drury, Director of the Fine Art Museum at WCU.  The panel was also joined by Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director, Artists and Organizations North Carolina Arts Council.

The Jackson County Arts Council is the designated county partner of the North Carolina Arts Council.  The JCAC aims to promote individual artists, foster appreciation of the arts, provide art education and inspire creativity throughout Jackson County.  Visit www.jacksoncountyarts.org for more information.