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.

September 29 – RAPG inforamtion session at Haywood Community College

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

Project Grants Awarded to Regional Artists

Frank Brannon at SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, NC
RAPG Award Recipient Frank Brannon at SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, NC

Six Western North Carolina artists receive funding to support their artistic endeavors.  Time in a high end recording studio for musicians, marketing materials for a performing arts group, and new equipment and materials for artists’ studios 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. Continue reading “Project Grants Awarded to Regional Artists”


Sylva, N.C. – 8/15/2011.  Jackson County Arts Council in Jackson County has been awarded $11,889 from the North Carolina Arts Council as part of their designated county partners program.

The funds will be used to support a wide variety of programs in Jackson County in the arts, including arts in education, community development, and multi-cultural programs.

State funds allow Jackson County to provide quality arts programming for students and adults while also sustaining our local economy.

Last year, Jackson County provided programming for approximately 9,500 individuals.   A highlight of our support was the commission of an original composition by David Sampson, performed by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at the opening of the new Library Complex.   Among other programs that were supported by funding, were Bridging Jackson Communities, the Civic Orchestra, the Community Chorus, and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

“The support of our grants program by the General Assemble during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life, “ said Mary B. Reagan executive director of the N.C. Arts Council.  “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

More than 8.7 million people participated in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers.  Nearly 2.9 million of these were children and youth.

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of N.C.  In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

For further information, please contact Jackson County Arts Council, Room 201, 310 Keener Street, Sylva, N.C. 28779 at 828-587-2787.  Grant application forms and membership applications may be found on the website:

The N.C. Arts Council,, is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future.  Information on Cultural Resources is available at