Arts council doles out money for regional projects

The Asheville Area Arts Council today announced the recipients of $42,100 in Grassroots Arts Program and Regional Artist Project Grant funds.

From AAAC programs associate Sarah Meyer: “The Grassroots Arts Program Project Grants support is designed for community-based arts programs for the overall development of the arts in Buncombe County. The program gives a high priority to those organizations targeting under-served populations, emerging organizations meeting a special need in the community, and projects that explore new and creative directions in the arts or provide a special arts or cultural service to the community.”

Here are the 2009-2010 Grassroots Arts Program Recipients:

Black Mountain Center for the Arts: $4,750 for Buncombe County Music for Kids.

WNC Jazz Society: $3,500 to host the Amina Figarova Sextet.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: $4,950 for From BMC to NYC: The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson exhibition and catalogue.

Asheville Latin Americans for Advancement Society: $4,950 to produce Fiesta Latina.

LEAF: $3,000 to produce Rhythms Rising.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre: $2,000 to host the Thierry Ramond winter residency.

Asheville Community Theatre: $4,950 to hire an education staff person.

A total of $28,100 in total grassroots arts program support.

The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The program is conducted by the Asheville Area Arts Council in collaboration with the Toe River Arts Council, the Madison County Arts Council, and the Avery Arts Council. The Regional Artist Project Grant Program and Grassroots Arts Program are supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, an organization funded by the NEA.

Here are the 2009-2010 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients:

Erin Brethauer: $1,100 to purchase photography equipment to finish her series of local farmer portraits.

Stephanie Morgan: $1,200 to produce a solo recording.

Chuck Lichtenberger: $1,200 to master and produce new CDs.

Matt Kelleher: $1,200 to build a soda kiln for his pottery studio.

Gertrude Smith: $1,850 to bring water and electricity to her pottery studio.

Alissa Whelan: $800 for framing materials and for marketing and promotion for a gallery-ready show of her LEAF portrait series.

Christy Clavio: $1,200 to purchase new Zimbabwean musical instruments for use in classroom teaching and performance.

Red June: $1,200 to record a high quality CD of their music.

Glenis Redmond: $1,200 to produce a CD recording of her poetry for use in school performances and workshops.

Josh Copus (founder of the River Arts District’s Clayspace Co-op): $1,200 for a trip to a pottery conference in Germany.

Molly Must (who spearheaded the Asheville Mural Project): $1,850 to produce a historical mural honoring local stories in Chicken Alley at the behest of the Asheville Arts Collective.

A total of $14,000 in regional arts project support.


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