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 www.jacksoncountyarts.org, email: info@jacksoncountyarts.org or call: 828-507-9820.


JCAC Grassroots Sponsorships for 2016-17 are Now Available

The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for
Grassroots sponsorship for 2016-17.  Grassroots Sponsorships are awarded
to organizations in all cultural disciplines through a competitive
application and review process. This sponsorship program is funded in part
by the North Carolina Arts Council and by the fundraising efforts of the
Jackson County Arts Council.  The deadline for applications is June 30,

Grassroots sponsorships are intended to:
•     Provide modest funding for events/projects and publicity/advertising for
Artist Groups/ Artist organizations that will enhance the presence of art
events in Jackson County
•     Support opportunities for Jackson County residents to participate in new
and thought-provoking art events in MUSIC, VISUAL ART, THEATER, DANCE, and
•     Celebrate the traditional arts and cultures of Jackson County as well as
the multicultural aspect of arts in general.

Interested organizations can apply by downloading the application on the
JCAC website: www.jacksoncountyarts.org and sending the application to 310
Keener Street, Sylva, NC 28779.  For more information, contact the Jackson
County Arts Council at 828-507-9820.

Artists, Be Counted

Jackson County Arts Council thinks that artists count.  To make their point, the arts council is counting artists.  Any practicing visual artist living in Jackson County is welcome to participate in a countywide effort to collect data about the visual arts community.  “Artists Count” aims to provide detailed documentation of county artists as a first step in creating an artist directory and expand online access to local talent.


Claire Collins, director of the Jackson County Arts Council, explained the council’s motivation for taking on this project.  “Our county is blessed with a multitude of artists and the Council is looking to expand our support of local artists and arts teachers to inspire creativity and appreciation of the arts in Jackson County.”  Surprisingly, this opinion is not the arts council’s alone.  According to the Western North Carolina Vitality Index, “Creative sector jobs occur in higher per capita numbers in WNC compared to the rest of the state.” “Artists Count” builds on that strength to provide data on creative sector businesses.  Once complete, collected data will be shared with local chambers and arts organizations.  Project director Anna Fariello explains the effort as a way “ to celebrate the artistic heritage and traditions of the region while, at the same time, enhance the economic opportunities of participating artists and studios.  Gathering data about our artists is the first step in promoting their work.”


For an application, contact: ArtistsCount@gmail.com.  Deadline for submitting materials is April 15th.  Jackson County Arts Council can be reached at info@jacksoncountyarts.org or 828-507-9820. Participation is limited to professional visual artists over 18 years old.  Students are not eligible.

Artists Count Survey

“Artists Count” is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.