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.

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 and Jackson counties.

Denise Drury, curator at the WCU Fine Art Museum, managed this year’s Regional Artist Project Grant consortium, serving as the liaison for the NC Arts Council and leading grant writing workshops throughout the far western counties, which Drury says literally paid off for the artists,  “Five out of the six award recipients attended one of the grant writing workshops”.

The consortium received 16 applications from artists in each of the participating counties (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood & Jackson) for a total of $17,670 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 FY14 Cycle for a total award amount of $4,750;

  • Frank Brannon, art studio equipment and supplies for SpeakEasy Press (Jackson County)
  • Joseph Fortner, recording studio session for the band, Soldier’s Heart (Haywood County)
  • Kjelsty Hanson, marketing materials for the performing group Whimzik (Jackson County)
  • Jon Jicha, art studio supplies for a new series of paintings (Haywood County)
  • Amy Putansu, specialized hand weaving equipment (Haywood County)
  • Myriah Strivelli, print studio equipment and supplies (Haywood County)

This year’s panel reviewers included Mary Doornbos, Craft Shop Manager John C. Campbell Folk School (Graham), Boni Henderson, Haywood County Arts Council (Haywood) & Norma Hendrix, Director Cullowhee Mountain Arts (Jackson).  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.