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Oct. 4 is deadline for Artist Support Grant applications

Artists in Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph counties are eligible

WINSTON-SALEM Sunday, Oct. 4, is the deadline for applications to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County for its Artist Support Grants program (formerly the Regional Artist Project Grant), which will help artists in a five-county region further their professional and artistic development. Committed, gifted individual artists and collaborative groups in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Guilford and Randolph counties are eligible to apply. Grants will range from $500 – $2,000.

“The new Artist Support Grants program responds to the impact of the pandemic by ensuring that artists and the state’s arts infrastructure have the resources needed to help our state make a strong social and economic recovery,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council. It is a one-year regional program to help support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidelines, application and online information sessions are available at www.intothearts.org. Artists in all disciplines and at any stage of development are eligible and encouraged to apply. Also, artists who are currently receiving a Regional Artist Project Grant under the former program are eligible to apply.  Artists may include up to 50% of their budget as their artistic fees. Grants will be made to support a range of professional and artistic development, including the creation of work, improvement of business operations and expanding capacity to bring work to new audiences.

The grants are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and are jointly administered by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County and ArtsGreensboro. Additional regional partners include Arts Davidson County, Davie County Arts Council, High Point Arts Council and Randolph Arts Guild.

Winston-Salem, known as the “City of Arts & Innovation,” and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports more than 5,550 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income; and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.