The Artist Support Grant (ASG) was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASG is replacing the former grant referred to as: Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG). The Artist Support Grant program is managed through a partnership with the Arts Council of Moore County to serve artists in Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, and Union counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and participating arts councils.
Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops. Grant awards generally range from $500 to $2,500, and are intended to fund projects that begin no earlier than January 1, 2023, and conclude by December 31, 2023. Grant funds must be utilized by June 30, 2023.
The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council distributed these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people. In many counties, including Stanly County, the local arts councils received the funds and then sub-granted a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients. Stanly County Arts Council sub-granted sixty-five percent of the funds.
Arts and Cultural organizations and individual artists were eligible to apply for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses were considered:
Applicants provided documentation (receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers) as evidence for expenses. Revenue losses were not considered for mitigation in this grant program. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding did not reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.
The following local organizations received grants through the CARES for the ARTS funding:
Stanly Arts Guild, Stanly County Chorale, Stanly County Concert Association, Stanly County Concert Band, Stanly County Historical Society, The Talent Company, The Uwharrie Players, Uwharrie Youth Arts, and the Stanly County Arts Council
Stanly Arts Guild – operational funds for the Gallery
Stanly County Concert Association – operational funds to prepare for upcoming season of professional musical artists
Stanly County Concert Band – Fall concert and Spring Concert
Stanly County Partnership for Children – free theatre experience for preschool aged children and their families
Stanly County Schools – Performing Artists for the Cultural Education Program. Multi-cultural Artist included Mike Wiley’s “Jackie Robinson, ” performed for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Stanly County Senior Center – Senior Spirit Day @ EE Waddell Center, Albemarle
Uwharrie Players – operational funds for their 2021-2022 season
Pfeiffer University – Community Book Read and Virtual Author Talk of The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejoy Villavicencio
Stanly County Chorale – support for the Christmas and Spring community concerts
The Talent Company – support for their youth driven theatre productions
Uwharrie Youth Arts – support for the performance of the City Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Jennifer Brogdon – Writer’s Workshop
Austin Coats – Sound equipment and Studio Recording Time in pursuit of musical career
Christian Payne – Camera for live streaming performances and actor workshops
Annette Lowder – artist residency in Shigaraki, Japan
Lorraine Turi – purchase a Canon 5d Mark IV camera to experiment with video in her current project Last Seen. Last Seen is a collection of photographs that have been taken at the last place a species was seen in the wild before going extinct.
Susan Lackey – attend a mentoring style studio experience with master artist, Carrie Burns Brown, Kanuga Watermedia Workshops in Hendersonville, NC
Rodney Rock – purchase Nikon D500 camera to further his artistry in photography
Caroline Stephenson – attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University
Mark Stephenson – attend the Portrait Society of America Annual Conference 2016 in Washington, D.C.