Jackson County Arts Council News

The Jackson County Arts Council has begun the second year in their new location at the Jackson County Library Complex.  They are pleased to announce their new three-part yearly program series.   On Saturday, September 15th, they sponsored the Gary Carden one-woman play, Mother Jones.  This play featured the talented Ms. Lara Chew as Mother Jones.  It was the first of a three part series of programming that the arts council will sponsor each year.  The next program will be a winter concert featuring a string quartet, followed by a visual art program in the spring.

The arts council would also like to announce their new board members for the 2012-13 year:  Sylvia Smythe, President; Claire Collins, Vice President; Liz Mainwaring, Secretary; Henry Mainwaring, Treasurer; Terri Armfield, Amy Cherry, Denise Drury, Bill Graham, Norma Hendrix, Susan Lanier, Joe Meigs, Erin Tapley and Yona Wade.

The arts council is dedicated to Arts Education in Jackson County Public Schools by providing support to art programs.  Contributions to the Jackson County Arts Council to help provide this support are always appreciated.

Community organizations were invited to apply for the Grassroots Grant.   The first deadline was on September 20, 2012 and the next deadline will be January 20, 2013.  Applications are available online at www.jacksoncountyarts.org or call the arts council office at 507-9820 for more information.  Grants that were submitted by the September deadline will be announced by the first of November.

The Jackson County Arts Council receives their funds from state, county, membership and donations.  The public is invited to join the arts council online or may come by their office, which is located in the Jackson County Library Complex on the second floor next to the community room.   Office hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Appointments can be made by calling the office at 507-9820.

Contributions are still being accepted for the Ray Menze Memorial Fund.  Mr. Menze was a valued board member of the Jackson County Arts Council and a great supporter of arts in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Arts Council encourages the community to come downtown for Sylva Art Strolls on the second Friday of each month, starting at 5 p.m.  Sylva Art Strolls are presented by Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce ( www.mountainlovers.com ) in historic downtown.  Merchants will stay open later to welcome visitors, shoppers, and diners.  Many of the downtown restaurants and shops will feature art work displays by local artists.


Regional Artist Project Grant of WNC is now available

The Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina(RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, and Jackson counties, the Stecoah Valley Arts Center, and the North Carolina Arts Council. RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing arts professionals. Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee NC 28723 by November 1, 2012. For application and guidelines visit www.haywoodarts.org.

WHO:  Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, and Jackson counties,StecoahValleyArtsCenter

WHAT:  Regional Artist Project grant ofWestern North Carolina, information at www.haywoodarts.org

WHEN:  Application Deadline, November 1, 2012

WHERE:  Mail application and documentation to: RAP go WNC,PO Box 2212,CullowheeNC28723


Regional Artist Project Grants Available


The Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina(RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, andJackson counties, theStecoahValleyArtsCenter, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project that is pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Regional artist applicants are talented individuals pursuing careers in the arts who have completed the basic education in their respective art forms. RAP go WNC is intended to fund a particular project that will conclude by June 15, 2013.

Eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age, cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program, must be a current resident of one of the participating counties, and must have maintained residency there for one year immediately preceding the application. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply in consecutive years.

Grant awards generally range from $250-$500 and may be used by artists for a variety of purposes including: cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions; training costs or tuition; travel, promotional materials, work facilities and equipment; and, the production of new work. Applications are reviewed by judges and a selection review panel from all four counties.

Grants are partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council in partnership with the local agencies. Information and applications are available from the participating organizations as follows: Cherokee, 828-361-9584, kathleen@cherokeeartscouncil.org; Graham, 828-479-3364, beth@StecoahValleyCenter.com, Haywood, 828-452-0593, info@haywoodarts.org; and Jackson, 828-507-9820,  info@jacksoncountyarts.org. Applications are available online at www.haywoodarts.org.

Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee NC 28723 by November 1, 2012.  For an application or for more information call your county’s arts organization.







—  The Jackson County Arts Council has moved to the second floor of the new Courthouse Library Complex.  Coinciding with the physical move, the JCAC is also changing its virtual address.  The new web address is www.jacksoncountyarts.org, and is still in development.  Grant forms and instructions for application are available at the website as well as membership information.  Residents of Jackson County and friends of the JCAC are invited to visit both sites.

“We are very excited about the new office of the Arts Council,” said Board President Victoria Casey-McDonald, “the new office is very accessible and is located on the second floor, just outside the Community Room.  We hope that people will stop in and say hello whenever they are attending an event in the complex.”  Casey-McDonald added that the Arts Council is actively seeking volunteers to help staff the office and represent the arts council whenever the Community Room is in use.  Anyone interested in assisting in this capacity can call the office at (828) 587- ARTS (2787) and their call will be returned by a board member with additional information.

The Jackson County Arts Council is actively seeking new member support to replace diminishing funds from traditional government agencies.  “We need members of the community who believe in the value of the arts to join us,” said Vice-President Sylvia Smythe.  “We will be calling on our friends to help us grow our membership base so that we can continue to support traditional venues for the arts as well as introduce new ones.”

The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 by Dr. Perry Kelly, former art professor and head of the Art Department at Western Carolina University.  The JCAC believes that exposure to the arts, and participation in the arts, are uniquely important to every community and should be encouraged and supported.  The Jackson County Arts Council is located in the Jackson County Courthouse Library complex and online at www.jacksoncountyarts.org.



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: www.jacksoncountyarts.org.

The N.C. Arts Council, www.ncarts.org, 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 www.ncculture.com.