Regional Artist Project Grants – Deadline October 6. 2017



Regional Artists Project Grants

This Regional Artist Project grant (RAPG) is funded by the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers & the Greater Plateau, Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council,  and the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc., with matching dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Grants in this consortium are available to artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists (i.e., guitar duo, jazz quartet, bluegrass band) are eligible. An artist must have residence in the region for at least one year to be eligible. Previous RAPG recipients must wait two years before being eligible to reapply. Projects must take place between December 2017 and June 2018.

To apply for funding, fill out the following application and return to the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Mailed applications should be sent to Haywood County Arts Council, P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline for submissions is October 6, 2017. If you have questions, email

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 PDF

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 WORD DOC

Volunteer Opportunities For Artists

Community Engagement Opportunities at  The Catamount School!            

Calling all artists! We invite you to share your passion and skills to inspire Jackson County youth in the arts!

What is The Catamount School?

Operated by Western Carolina University in partnership with Jackson County Public Schools, The Catamount School is a lab school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders designed to explore innovative teaching approaches and applied learning opportunities in order to help every student discover his or her full academic potential. The Catamount School is located on the campus of Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva.

What is the TCS Enrichment Program?

By accessing resources, students, and personnel at Western Carolina University, community organizations, and local professionals, students will have access to regular music and arts activities, leadership experiences, and mentorship from experts in a variety of fields. These enrichment activities will encourage students to learn more about themselves and others, as well as contribute to the school community.

Enrichment is from 2:00-3:00pm, Monday-Friday, for all three grade levels.

What do we look for in volunteers?

Volunteers are invited to lead one-time workshops or more regularly scheduled lessons in their area of study and/or interest. Enrichment activities should engage students as active learners, and encourage critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and teamwork. Volunteers, whether on campus once or all semester, act as mentors and role models for these young people, and provide an invaluable experience to TCS students.

Volunteers will facilitate activities under the supervision of Catamount School Faculty and Staff at all times.

All volunteers must complete a WCU background check, complete a volunteer application, and sign the TCS Volunteer agreement.

What’s next?

Contact TCS Enrichment Coordinator, Katy Elders, at or 828-399-1930. Flexible scheduling and programming!

Comm Engagement Opportunities at TCS

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Blue Ridge Craft Trails Bring Listening Session to Cherokee

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will play host to the second in a series of listening sessions to help create a new craft trail across our mountains.

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area seeks ideas and suggestions to develop the Blue Ridge Craft Trails over the next few years. People interested in Western North Carolina’s rich craft heritage are invited to attend the session 2-4 p.m. July 13 at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St., Blowing Rock.

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s latest trail initiative will encourage cultural tourism and strengthen rural economies by promoting the region’s many craft artists, craft schools, local arts businesses and venues. The online project promises to link traditional and contemporary artisans with more visitors to studios and galleries.

Seven listening sessions have been scheduled across the region. Craft artists, gallery owners, arts groups, businesses and anyone interested are invited to attend and offer their comments. Other meetings will be held 2-4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
•July 18 – Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
•August 1 – Tryon Arts & Crafts, Tryon
•August 3 – Yadkin Valley Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville
•August 8 – John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown
•August 24 – Penland School of Crafts, Penland
•August 31 – Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville

“We envision the Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Western North Carolina as an online roadmap to guide visitors through our rich craft heritage and connect personally with artisans in our mountain communities,” said Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

“We’re building on the pioneering work of HandMade In America in the 1990s, which started the original Craft Heritage Trails of WNC. We want to update that guide for the Internet age and provide new opportunities for the next generation of crafters, collectors and visitors,” Chandler said.

The professional craft industry generates more than $206 million in annual business across 25 Western North Carolina counties, according to a 2008 economic study.