Scholarships for Artists and Art Educators Due May 10, 2017

Jackson County Arts Council is a proud sponsor of these scholarships for Artist and Art Educators…The deadline for the applications is May 10, 2017 – Don’t miss out!!

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is happy to announce 8 Scholarship Opportunities to be awarded to Artists and Art Educators living in the counties of Western North Carolina. The scholarships will be a matching fund of half-tuition towards an artist workshop, held during the 6th annual Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University. Three weeks of workshops will run during the month of June beginning June 11th. Application deadline is May 10, 2017 and notification to the winners will be made on May 25, 2017.

These scholarships have been made possible by the NC Arts Council and awarded through the Jackson County Arts Council Grassroots Grant (JCAC) to CMA who is matching the funds to provide 8, ½ tuition scholarships open to all regional artists living in Western North Carolina.

The Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series will be held at Western Carolina University from Mid-June to the end of June. This annual event is comprised of three weeks of 5 workshops per week in the following disciplines: Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking and Photography.

CMA and its Board of Directors believe the arts energize every facet of our community life; and CMA is committed to the idea that arts invigorate communities. These scholarships will make it possible for members of the WNC community to enjoy learning from Artist-Instructors of national and international reputations.

Please follow the link below for more information and for the application.

Chris Aluka Exhibition

An exhibition by Atlanta-based photographer, Chris Aluka Berry (with commentary by Marie T. Cochran) will be displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of the Jackson County library February through March.

Marie T. Cochran, is a former WCU faculty member and founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project.

Cochran and Berry are collaborators on a regional documentary initiative on African Americans in the Appalachian region and recipients of a grant from the “We Shall Overcome Fund” under the auspices of the Highlander Center for Research and Education.

A related community event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2 – 4pm at the Jackson County Public Library Community Room.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” celebrates Black History Month in Jackson County (NC) and serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of Victoria Casey McDonald.

The event will include musical guests, a Story Circle of shared memories featured friends, family and former students, moderated by Marie T. Cochran.

For additional information, please contact Victoria’s daughter, Faustine McDonald Wilson, owner of Survival Pride clothing at or Marie T. Cochran at

Jackson County Arts Council Receives Grant Funding From the North Carolina Arts Council and Jackson County Commissioners

The Jackson County Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for the Jackson County community and schools this fiscal year.

The arts council received two Arts in Education grants.  A cARTwheels grant for $7,000 which is sponsoring a production of “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart” for the Jackson County Schools on October 26th.  The other Arts in Education grant for $7,500 will sponsor the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.  This is an after school program held at Cullowhee Valley School and is open to students in the Jackson County School system.  

The arts council also received two Arts in Communities grants.  The Grassroots Arts Program which provided $15,564 to help sponsor other local organizations in the community who provide arts programs and events in Jackson County.  The organizations that received sponsorship this year through the grant are:  Western Carolina Community Chorus, Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, CuRve, Blue Ridge Early College, Jackson County Visual Arts Association, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Sylva Baptist Church after school art programs, Jackson County Farmer’s Market Art in the Park, Junior Appalachian Musicians, WNC Pottery Festival, Mountain Heritage Day artists, Jackson County Senior Center art programs, ColorFest in Dillsboro, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and WCU Art Education Club.

The Regional Artist Project grant for $2,500 was also received to award individual artists for artistic projects.  This grant is available for individual artists from Macon, Graham, Haywood, Clay, Cherokee and Jackson Counties who apply for the award.  This grant is matched by contributions from each county who is part of the consortium.

The Jackson County Commissioners also provided $10,000 in grant funding to the arts council to sponsor arts programming and workshops for the Jackson County community.  All arts events and programs by the arts council are offered free of charge to the community.  The arts council will be presenting Artists Talks on the second Monday of each month in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library Complex as well as concerts and art/theater workshops throughout the year.

The Jackson County Arts Council thanks the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Commissioners for their support and for keeping art alive in Jackson County.

To learn more about the Jackson County Arts Council, visit their website at, email: or call: 828-507-9820.