Chatham Arts Council Assists Artists During the Pandemic

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By Sarah Rollins

The Chatham Arts Council is now accepting applications for two separate grants to help fund artists’ work: Artist Support Grants and Emerging Artists Grants. Applicants are able to secure funding for up to $1,500. CAC Executive Director Cheryl Chamblee emphasizes the importance of supporting artists at this moment, especially given the current state of the economy and the fact that many of these artists’ revenue streams have become nonexistent. “It feels pretty great to be able to offer two grant opportunities for individual artists this year,” she says.

Pittsboro visual artist and musician Wendy Spitzer is a recent recipient of the Emerging Artists Grant.

The Artist Support Grants program, made possible by CAC’s partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Raleigh Arts and other local arts councils, supports emerging and established artists in professional and artistic development. The program is open to all artists living in Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee and Wake counties, and both individual artists as well as small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply. Applications for the Artist Support Grants are available here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. 

“Some Good, Some Bad” by Wendy Spitzer.

The CAC is also partnering with the Durham Arts Council on the Emerging Artists Grant program, which provides financial support to both developing and established artists by funding a project crucial to the advancement of their artistic careers. Applications are only open to individuals 18 and older and those who are not currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program program in the art form. Additionally, applicants must have lived in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person counties for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline. Applications for the Emerging Artists Grant are available here. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. There will also be a free, online information session on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. with an overview of the program and a chance to ask questions. Interested artists can email jenni@chathamartscouncil.org to learn more.

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