Frank Brannon, a book artist from Dillsboro, has been selected for the first Mary B. Regan Residency Grant for a project to revitalize the Cherokee language through his artistry as a letterpress printer.
Brannon’s one-year project is based on his work with a program he supports at Southwestern Community College in Swain County, near Cherokee, where students are learning the art of printmaking by printing materials using the Cherokee syllabary. The 85-character syllabary was developed in 1821 by Sequoyah – a silversmith, blacksmith and artist – making it possible to read and write the spoken language of the Cherokee.
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The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through October 7, 2013. The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, etc., occurring between December 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
There will be an informational session on Monday September 29, from at 5pm in room 7105 of the Creative Arts Building at Haywood Community College. Amy Putansu, previous RAPG recipient and professor at HCC’s professional crafts program, will be leading a Q & A session for prospective applicants. Applications and instructions will be available at this event; it is recommended that all new applicants attend. Those interested should RSVP by emailing the RAP-g manager at email@example.com.
Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through Oct. 14, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. The timeline is short, so immediate attention to nominations is encouraged. Continue reading
We are pleased to send you this information about registering for the Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. This is our fourth year and we look forward to some more wonderful music and learning ahead. Registration for new students for the Fall semester is due Thursday, September 11th.