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  • Online Arts Calendar!
  • 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition in Orange County
  • Arts Commission Announces May 21, 2015 Spring Grant Deadline: Information Session April 15th
  • Hillsborough Speculative Fiction Author James Maxey Selected 2015 Piedmont Laureate
  • Artists' Salon Series
  • Fall 2014 Arts Grants Awarded
  • Arts Economic Impact in Orange County, NC
  • Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses
  • Orange County, NC Highlights from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
  • Orange County, NC Reports and Sample Surveys
  • Emerging Artists Program Deadline September 25, 2015
  • Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls Out Words On The Move Project on Public Buses
  • 5-Year Arts Grant Funding History
  • 2010 Marks 25th Anniversary of Orange County Arts Commission
  • We Are the Orange County Arts Commission
  • "Opportunities for Artists" and More on OCAC Website

    +++++++++ Online Arts Calendar! - USERS GUIDE - EVENTS , USERS GUIDE - GALLERIES

    The Orange County Arts Commission has launched a new events marketing network designed to help increase tourism throughout the county and enhance visibility for Orange County’s artists and art-related events.

    The Arts Calendar in Orange County can be found at Visitors can also access the calendar through the Orange County Arts Commission's site by clicking on the events calendar link or the explore arts logo.

    The Arts Commission conducted significant data entry and design work and also trained local events organizers on how to customize their information moving forward. Local individuals and organizations are encouraged to use the calendar to promote their events and activities to visitors coming to Orange County, as well as to local residents.

    “This new calendar is a way to promote your concert, lecture, art opening, play, food event, sporting event and more taking place in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and the county,” says Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission. “You can add photos and links back your website to highlight your event and venue. Just register at the top of the explorechapelhillarts website to get started,” adds Shannon. For more information, there is a free calendar user’s guide on See "User's Guide" (pdf) link above.

    The network, owned by Pursuit of Happiness and branded as EverWondr, is custom-branded for its users and is currently the events web engine for more than 16 Arts Councils, 18 Convention and Visitor Bureaus, 14 Chambers of Commerce, 8 Universities, two media outlets and more than 195 attractions and venues throughout North Carolina.

    The new www.explorechapelhillarts site includes:

    Events: The events section features an easily searchable listing of all events and activities within key areas. My Planner: Registered users receive a free, customized events planning calendar through which they are able to track events of interest to them. Events may be “snagged” for posting on social media pages (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, etc.). Gallery: The Gallery features individual portfolio pages for artists, musicians, educators and other individuals to showcase their work. Art Market: The Art Market gives artists “store fronts” from which to sell work. Similar to other online art fairs (e.g. Etsy); this area of the website enhances the visibility and commerce of individual artists or co-ops. There is a nominal charge for “store fronts” in this section of the site.


    2015 Congressional High School Art Competition in Orange County

    Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, committed to the importance of our cultural heritage, join together to recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide visual art competition. The Congressional High School Art Competition is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. Each Member brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.

    This competition is coordinated locally through Fourth District U.S. Representative David Price’s office. High school visual art students in portions of the counties of Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance, Wake, Cumberland and Alamance are eligible to apply.

    If you are a current high school visual art student in Orange County and would like to participate in the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition, contact your high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission for an application form and guidelines. Orange County visual art students should bring their entries to the Orange County Arts Commission office at 131 W. Margaret Lane, Room 216, Hillsborough NC 27278 by 5 pm between April 6-9, 2015.

    Applications and guidelines will be available at all Orange County and Chapel Hill Public Libraries. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application and guidelines or call 919/968-2011.


    Arts Commission Announces May 21, 2015 Spring Grant Deadline: Information Session April 15th

    The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) announces a 5 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015 deadline for receipt of arts grant applications from nonprofit organizations, schools and individuals for the spring cycle:

  • General Arts Support Grant funds up to $5,000.00 available only to non-profit arts organizations benefiting the citizens of Orange County.
  • Arts Program Grant funds up to $1,500.00 available to non-profit organizations coordinating arts projects benefiting the citizens of Orange County.
  • Arts in Education Grant funds up to $1,000.00 available to public or private schools, or parent and teacher organizations in Orange County coordinating arts programs.
  • Arts in Education Coalition Grant funds up to $5,000.00 available to three or more Orange County schools or parent and teacher organizations coordinating arts programs.
  • Artist Project Grant funds up to $1,000.00 available to professional artists coordinating arts projects benefiting the citizens of Orange County.
  • Spring Grants Project Period: The Spring cycle of grants will fund arts activities taking place from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.

    Supportable Projects: Applicants may request funds to support a variety of arts programs in the visual, performing, literary arts.

    Deadline: Spring applications must be received by 5 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Orange County Arts Commission office (this is not a “postmarked by” deadline). Beginning March 1, 2015, the Orange County Arts Commission office will be located at 131 W. Margaret Lane (2nd floor, inside Economic Development) in Hillsborough, NC.

    Applications: Applications are available for downloading online (MS Word and PDF formats) at the "Grants" section of the Arts Commission's website. Hard-copies are available at the Arts Commission office in Hillsborough, at all Orange County public libraries and at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

    Questions? Email or call 919/968-2011. Staff will be glad to answer any questions about the application.

    Information Session: The Arts Commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop for potential OCAC spring grant applicants on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Meeting Room D at the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive) in Chapel Hill. To register for this workshop, or for more information about OCAC grants, visit or contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/968-2011.


    Hillsborough Speculative Fiction Author James Maxey Selected 2015 Piedmont Laureate

    James Maxey, a Hillsborough speculative fiction author, has been selected as the region's 2015 Piedmont Laureate. During 2015, Mr. Mazey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

    The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” The program focuses on a different literary form each year - poetry in 2009, novels in 2010, creative non-fiction in 2011, playwriting/screenwriting in 2012, children's literature in 2013, and short fiction in 2014 and speculative fiction in 2015.

    Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature.

    As 2015 Piedmont Laureate, Mr. Maxey will receive an honorium and serve for one year (January 1 - December 31, 2015). His duties will include presenting readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of speculative fiction. A schedule of the Laureate’s 2015 activities will posted on the Piedmont Laureate website at

    James Maxey writes fast-paced, action-driven pulp fiction with strong emphasis on character growth and world building, dealing with larger-than-life characters adventuring in exotic worlds. Readers who delve past the dragons and superheroes on the covers will discover stories that explore the deeper aspects of the human condition, from the highly personal - love, hate, grief, anger, faith and hope - to larger societal issues such as the balance between individual freedoms and social order, the inevitable conflict when society is built of unequal classes, and imaginary worlds, Mr. Maxey hopes to provoke them into thinking more deeply about our own world and our shared responsibility to improve it.

    Influenced by Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking, Mr. Maxey is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop where he studied with author-in-residence Harlan Ellison, and a graduate of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. He honed his craft over many years as a member of the Writer's Group of the Triad and continues to be an active part of the Codex Writers' online community.

    To schedule a Piedmont Laureate appearance by Mr. Maxey in Orange County, please contact Martha Shannon, Director, Orange County Arts Commission, at 919/968-2011 or email For more information about the Piedmont Laureate Program, and view his blog and a schedule of Mr. Maxey's Piedmont Laureate appearances, please visit the website at


    Artists' Salon Series

    The next Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015.

    Artists' Salons are held from 6:30-9 pm in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light refreshments will be served.

    Salons are free, for artists of all kinds - performing, visual, literary, whatever! Come to meet, network, and build a better arts environment for all Orange County artists.

    August's topic will be "Tax Issues for Artists". Guest presenter will be Alex Lehmann, CPA, Senior Tax Manager at McMillan, Pate and Company, LLP in Raleigh. Alex will present his very popular "Shoebox Accounting" workshop on income tax and record-keeping for artists.

    The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. The Orange County Arts Commission works to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community. One of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission is to better serve the needs of artists. Artists often work in isolation and salons can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problems and pleasures of being an artist.

    The Orange County Arts Commission would like to thank The ArtsCenter for the use their space for this quarterly series.

    If you are an artist and plan to attend, please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/968-2011 or email us at


    Fall 2014 Arts Grants Awarded

    The following organizations and individuals were awarded Orange County Arts Grants to support arts programming during the Fall 2014 grant cycle (January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015):

  • ArtsCenter

  • Barbara Barnes

  • Chapel Hill Philharmonia

  • Cedar Ridge High School

  • Sarah Cornette

  • Door to Door of UNC Health Care

  • Extraordinary Ventures

  • Expedition School

  • Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library

  • Hillsborough Arts Council

  • McDougle Elementary School PTA

  • North Carolina Symphony Society, Inc.

  • One Song Productions

  • Phillips Middle School PTSA

  • Seawell Elementary School PTA

  • Lindsay Ann Leach Sparks

  • Triangle Youth Ballet

  • Barbara Tyroler
  • Grant checks were distributed at the February 3, 2015 regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in Hillsborough.


    Arts Economic Impact in Orange County, NC

    Orange County's Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry
    Generates $85.4 Million in Economic Activity and
    Supports 3,352 Jobs Annually
    According to Americans for the Arts

    Arts Industry Returns $8.0 Million in Revenue to
    Local and State Coffers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $85.4 million in annual economic activity in Orange County, NC —supporting 3,352 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $8.0 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

    According to the study, nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Orange County, NC spent $63.9 million during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $55.6 million in household income for local residents and $5.4 million in local and state government revenues.

    “We’re thrilled to have the proof that the arts repay the investment – they create jobs and stimulate the economy, attract visitors and new residents, and improve the quality of life for the community. On every level – local, state, and national – the arts mean business!” said Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission, AFTA’s local partner for this study.

    Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during 2010. This spending—$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

    “This study shines a much-needed light on the vital role the arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses and to federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

    Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

    In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $21.5 million in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Orange County, NC, these dollars support 643 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $2.5 million in local and state government revenues.

    The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at

    The full study results for the state of North Carolina are available at

    Full study results for Orange County, NC are available at

    The Orange County Arts Commission is the official county agency that strengthens the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Created in 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission’s 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm. The Orange County Arts Commission is housed in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, 501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, contact Martha Shannon at 919/968-2011 or visit


    Orange County Highlights from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

    Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Orange County, NC spent a total of $85.4 million during fiscal year 2010. This spending - $63.9 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $21.5 million in event-related spending by their audiences – supports 3,352 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $8.0 million in local and state government revenue.

    Attendees to cultural events in Orange County, NC spend an average of $14.68 per person as a result of attending the event, excluding the cost of admission. For example, when patrons attend a cultural event, they may pay to park their car, eat dinner in a restaurant, shop in nearby stores, and pay a babysitter when they get home. Non-local attendees may spend the night in a hotel. These dollars generate commerce for local businesses.

    Non-resident arts attendees in Orange County, NC spend more per person than local attendees ($19.17 vs. $10.65) as a direct result of their attendance to cultural events.

    61.6% of non-resident attendees in Orange County, NC report that the primary reason for their trip is “specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.

    42.9% of resident arts attendees in Orange County, NC report if the event they attended were not happening, they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event. 57.3% of non-resident attendees in Orange County, NC report the same. These data demonstrate that if our community fails to provide a variety of cultural experiences, our audiences will take their discretionary dollars and spend them someplace else.

    Arts and culture is a product – a magnet that attracts visitors to the region. In addition, cultural tourists spend twice what their local counterparts do on meals, transportation, and retail.

    This study is a myth-buster: it alters the perception that the arts are luxuries worth supporting in prosperous times but hard to justify when the economy is struggling. At a time when governments at all levels are making tough budget choices, this study sends an important message: That support for the arts does not come at the expense of economic development. Rather, it is an industry – one that supports jobs, generates government revenue, is the cornerstone of tourism and economic development, and drives a creativity-based economy.

    Orange County Reports and Sample Surveys Used

    Final Report for Orange County
    Summary of Findings for Orange County
    Brochure Insert for Orange County
    Sample Audience Expenditure Survey - English
    Sample Audience Expenditure Survey - Spanish
    Sample Organizational Expenditure Survey - Long
    Sample Organizational Expenditure Survey - Short

    Emerging Artists Program Deadline September 25, 2015

    Online grant applications for the 2015-16 Emerging Artists Grants Program of the Durham Arts Council are now available. The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will further their professional careers. Grants may not exceed $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include the overall excellence of the applicant’s work, accomplishment and commitment of the artist, the feasibility of the proposed project and the impact the project will have on the applicant’s career.

    The application deadline is 11:59 pm on Friday, September 25, 2015. The Emerging Artists Grant program is open to artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person counties. To be eligible for an Emerging Artists Grant, an artist must have lived in one of the five partner counties at least one year, must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form. Apply online at the Durham Arts Council's website at

    The Orange County free information session for this grant program will be as follows:

    August 18, 2015 - 6 pm (Tuesday)
    Meeting Room A, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
    (Please park in lower parking lot (1st lot on the right as you approach library.)
    Contact: Martha Shannon, 919-968-2011 or, Director, Orange County Arts Commission

    The Emerging Artist Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.


    Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls Out Words On The Move on Public Buses

    Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls out Words On The Move Project on Public Buses in Chapel Hill, Raleigh

    The Piedmont Laureate Program is offering a new literary platform for Scott Huler, the 2011 Piedmont Laureate: the interior placards on public buses. The Orange County Arts Commission and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with their respective bus systems (Chapel Hill Transit and Capital Area Transit), are participating in this pilot project.

    Words On The Move bus placards contain thought-provoking questions posed by Mr. Huler. Examples of these questions are "Where did this bus start?" "Where does it go?" and "What would it cost you if you drove the same distance?" Bus riders are asked to pose their own questions at the Piedmont Laureate website at Mr. Huler will respond to selected questions.

    Mr. Huler is the first Piedmont Laureate to be involved with the Words On The Move project.

    "Part of the Laureate program involves reaching out and waking people up to the writing around them -- reminding them that writing is everywhere, that writing is how we communicate, that writing is fun," he said. "This is like, 'Hey, my bus is asking me questions! My bus is making me think about my surroundings!' Or anyway that's how I hope it is."

    "And I love being able to use the website to hear people's responses to the questions, to remind them that they're writers as well as readers." Mr. Huler added. "It's a great combination of my dual goals as laureate: to wake people up to the amazing things going on around them and to remind them that writers aren't some sort of breed apart; writers are everybody."

    The Orange County Arts Commission, in partnership with Chapel Hill Transit placed the Words On The Move placards on all 99 of the Chapel Hill Transit buses. The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with Capital Area Transit (CAT), placed the Words On The Move placards on CAT's 12 Art-On-The-Move buses.

    For more information about the Piedmont Laureate's Words On The Move project in Orange County, contact Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/968-2011,, or visit the Piedmont Laureate website at The Words On The Move bus placards can be viewed at the Piedmont Laureate website.


    5-Year Arts Grant Funding Summary

    From the Fall of 2005 through the Spring of 2010, the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) awarded $313,330 in state and county arts grant funds to 101 unique recipients.

    Using both state and county arts grant funds during this period, the OCAC awarded:

  • 45 Arts Program grants (49% of total),

  • 25 Arts in Education grants (20% of total),

  • 21 Artist Project grants (7% of total),

  • 3 General Arts Support grants (13% of total),

  • 1 Arts in Education Coalition grant (2% of total).
  • Using both state and county arts grant funds during this period, the OCAC used 9% of the total for programming including:

  • Annual Emerging Artists Program,

  • Annual Piedmont Laureate Program,

  • Upcoming Arts Economic Impact Study,

  • Arts Incubation Program,

  • "E-Marketing for the Arts" Workshop,

  • Student volunteer scholarships for Public Art 360,

  • Public Art Projects throughout Orange county (Seymour Center, Orange County Library, Cedar Grove Park).
  • Special thanks to our Board of County Commissioners and the North Carolina Arts Council (a state agency) for their continued support since 1985.

    101 UNIQUE RECIPIENTS OVER 5 YEARS (see pie chart at right)


    2010 Marks 25th Anniversary of Orange County Arts Commission

    Celebrating 25 years of advancing the arts in Orange County!

    MISSION STATEMENT - To promote & strengthen the artistic & cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina

    Chapel Hill News Article 3/10/10

    The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government, currently housed within the Orange County Economic Development Commission. Our sister agency within this department is the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission's 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm.

    Since 1985 the Orange County Arts Commission has been the official county-wide advisory body on the arts, serving as a clearinghouse for arts information, granting state and county funds for arts programming by non-profit agencies and/or artists, facilitating arts program development and advising the Board of County Commissioners on the arts.

    Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding & support for a broad range of high quality arts programs.

    Minutes from Orange County Board of Commissioners' meetings: January 15, 1985 PDF & February 4, 1985 PDF

    Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) & approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines.

    The Arts Commission also awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs (such as Artists' Salons, Piedmont Laureate, Emerging Artists, Congressional High School Arts Competition, public art projects, etc.) & serves as an arts information clearinghouse.

    The 1985 Resolution creating the Orange County Arts Commission says that “the Commission shall be the Local Distributing Agent (LDA) to advise the Board of Commissioners of the annual allotment of Grassroots Arts Program funds.”

    When the Grassroots Arts Program was established in 1977 the legislation stated that the role of the county commissions was to nominate an LDA, which if approved would have the final authority in determining the expenditure of its county Grassroots allotment.

    To quote from the bill: “Guided by the standards set out in Section 3 of this act, the board of county commissioners of each county shall designate to the Department of Cultural Resources an organization to serve as its distributing agent for Grassroots Arts Program funds. Upon the approval of the Department of Cultural Resources, the designated organization shall become the official distributing agent for that county and shall remain so until such time as it no longer meets the necessary standards. To receive its per capita funds, the official distributing agent must annually submit to the Department of Cultural Resources for its approval a plan for the expenditure of the funds allotted to that county and must account for the funds after they have been expended.”

    The Orange County Arts Commission has served as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) in Orange County for 25 years, acting in accordance with Grassroots Arts Program policy that the final authority for determining the expenditure of Grassroots allotments rests with the board of directors of the LDA (now called DCP). This is the case with all of the Grassroots Arts Program DCPs in the state.

    From 1985-2010, the Orange County Arts Commission subgranted $487,129 in state funds to non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. From 1985-2010, $64,920 in state funds has been retained by the Orange County Arts Commission to help fund our own arts programming. The total state Grassroots Arts Program allocation from the NC Arts Council to the Orange County Arts Commission from 1985-2010 is $552,049. (This total does not include other state grants from the NC Arts Council to the Orange County Arts Commission for various purposes such as Arts in Education, Technical Assistance, etc.).

    From 1987-1996, the Orange County Arts Commission subgranted at least $93,042 in county funds to non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. During this period of time, additional funds were provided to the Orange County Arts Commission, primarily for administrative support. Prior to 1996, the Orange County Arts Commission was funded by Orange County as a nondepartmental agency.

    From 1997-2010, Orange County budgeted $336,660 in county funds to the Orange County Arts Commission to subgrant to artists and non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. Although the Orange County Arts Commission has made subgrants using state and/or county funds since its inception, the year 1996 is the first year the Orange County Arts Commission was funded by Orange County as a division within Economic Development.

    In addition to our annual Spring & Fall grant programs (for schools, arts projects for non-profit organizations, non-profit arts organizations, and artists), our other programs over the years include:

  • Public Art Projects at Southern Human Services Center (Chapel Hill), Central Orange Senior Center (Hillsborough), Seymour Center (Chapel Hill), Animal Services Center (Chapel Hill), Link Government Services Center (Hillsborough), Orange County Public Library (Hillsborough), Cedar Grove Park (Cedar Grove)

  • Purchase of Existing Work for Orange County Facilities (Hillsborough, Chapel Hill)

  • annual Fourth US Congressional District High School Art Competition (with Durham Arts Council and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County)

  • annual Emerging Artist Program (with Durham Arts Council, Chatham Arts, Granville County Arts Council, and Person County Arts Council)

  • annual Piedmont Laureate Program (with Durham Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Alamance County Arts Council)

  • "Studio Tourism" Workshop (with Chatham Arts)

  • "E-Marketing for the Arts Workshop (with Chatham Arts)

  • Arts Incubation Program (Orange County Artists Guild, Arts Advocates, Culture Zone)

  • Franklin Street Arts Collective dba FRANK Gallery - Artists Collective and Gallery (with Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau)

  • Public Art 360: Symposium from Seven Perspectives (with Percent for Art Collaborative, NC Arts Council, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, Town of Chapel Hill, SC Arts Commission, Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau, Chapel Hill Museum, Cary Visual Art, Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts, University of North Carolina, Ackland Art Museum, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, etc.)

  • quarterly Artists' Salons (at ArtsCenter in Carrboro)
  • Our quarterly Artists' Salons are free skills development workshops for area artists. Printed information distributed at many of these salons is available in the Arts Commission office. If you'd like a copy, please email or call (919/968-2011) and provide your topic of interest. Artists' Salon topics/dates over the years are as follows:

  • Orange County Arts Commission Presents the Artists' Salon (April 19, 2002)

  • Competing in the Public Art Arena (August 23, 2002)

  • Selling Your Art on the Internet (October 18, 2002)

  • Artists' Studio Space Needs (January 17, 2003)

  • Artists' Studio Space Needs - Part 2 (April 11, 2003)

  • The Arts and Downtown Revilalization (August 22, 2003)

  • Creative Connections: An Informal Gathering of Artists/Arts Organizations (November 7, 2003)

  • Legal Issues for Artists (February 20, 2003)

  • Digitizing Your Art (May 7, 2004)

  • Are You Ready for Public Art Commissions? (August 20, 2004)

  • Managing Your Art Business (November 5, 2004)

  • Marketing Your Art (March 4, 2005)

  • Whose Story Is It? A Writers' Workshop (June 3, 2005)

  • Outside-the-Box Ideas to Increase Your Bottom Line (September 23, 2005)

  • Holiday Social (December 2, 2005)

  • Getting Your Music Out There (March 3, 2006)

  • Marketing Your NC Crafts to Museum Shops (May 19, 2006)

  • Independent Film Making (August 18, 2006)

  • Selling Art to the Holiday Gift Market (November 17, 2006)

  • Customer Satisfaction (February 16, 2007)

  • Peak Performance: The Artists' Way (May 18, 2007)

  • Time Management for Artists (August 17, 2007)

  • Barter Your Art to Save Big and Boost Sales (November 16, 2007)

  • Health Insurance and Taxes for Artists (February 22, 2008)

  • Arts Marketing via Social Networking: Blogging and Podcasting (May 16, 2008)

  • Internet Resources for Creative Portfolios (August 22, 2008)

  • Art in Second Life (November 21, 2008)

  • Making Money Online Through Art (February 27, 2008)

  • Piedmont Poets' Roundtable (May 15, 2009)

  • North Carolina Songwriters Co-op (August 28, 2009)

  • Business Counseling for Artists (November 20, 2009)

  • Copyright Law (February 26, 2010)

  • Doing the Digital: Artists' Online Presence (May 21, 2010)

  • Writer's Grants with Krista Bremer, 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award Recipient (August 20, 2010)

  • Artists as Entrepreneurs: FRANK Gallery (November 19, 2010)

  • How to Get Art & Artists Grants (February 4, 2011)

  • How to Present Your...Art (May 20, 2011)

  • Becoming a Teaching Artist (August 19, 2011)

  • Exploring Resources, Leveraging Assets, Crafting Your Path (November 18, 2011)

  • Shoebox Accounting (February 3, 2012)

  • Making Tourism Work for You...the Economic Potential of Tourists & Art (May 18, 2012)

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  • Crowdfunding: Raising Funds Online (November 16, 2012)

  • Contracts for Visual Artists (February 1, 2013)

  • Copyright & Controversy for Visual Artists (May 3, 2013)

  • Teaching Artist Toolbox: Connecting Your Art & the Schools (August 23, 2013)

  • Blogging: Marketing Your Art the New Way (November 15, 2013)

  • Artist & Venue Matchmaking (February 21, 2014)

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  • Market Your Art with Fine Photography (August 22, 2014)

  • Growing an Art Business Takes Money - Community Financing Can Help (November 21, 2014)

  • Artist & Venue MatchMaking II (February 20, 2015)

  • Market Your Events & Artist Galleries on ExploreChapelHillARTS (May 15, 2015)

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    “Opportunities for Artists” and More on OCAC Website

    The Orange County Arts Commission’s website lists current opportunities for artists and includes information on:

  • OCAC Programs and Services
  • Grants
  • Events Calendar (
  • Arts Resource Links
  • Local Arts Directory
  • OCAC E-Newsletter

    Check it out!


    We Are the Orange County Arts Commission

    The Orange Arts newsletter is an online publication of the Orange County Arts Commission, the official countywide arts agency working to promote the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

    The Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints the fifteen members of this advisory commission. The Arts Commission is housed within the Economic Development Department. The Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County. Funding comes from Orange County and the North Carolina Arts Council.

    Services of the Arts Commission include administering these two grants cycles that support both Orange County arts organizations and individual artists, maintaining a web site including an online local arts directory, and sponsoring workshops and skills development for artists and organizations.

    If you are an artist, or a citizen interested in the arts, and would like to serve on the Orange County Arts Commission Advisory Board, please click on the link below for more information or to submit a Volunteer Application:

    The Orange County Arts Commission also welcomes newsletter submissions from artists and organizations. For more information about Orange County Arts Commission services, programs and publications, contact us at:

    Orange County Arts Commission
    Post & Physical Address: 131 West Margaret Lane, Room 216
    Alternate Post: P.O. Box 1177
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Phone: 919/968-2011
    FAX: 919/644-3008
    Online Events Calendar:

    Our local arts are exciting, vital, and they are happening right now – so get out and enjoy the arts in Orange County!


  • Do you subscribe to the North Carolina Public Art Network listserv? If not, you can join at This listserv will send information on public art opportunities directly to your email address. Check it out!
  • Do you subscribe to the national Public Art Network listserv? This listserv will send information on public art opportunities directly into your email. This listserv is only available to Americans for the Arts members. Visit to learn how to join. Check it out!
  • Artists! Check out WESTAF's Call for Entry (CaFÉ) website, which enables artists to apply online to multiple calls for entry through a central Web site,
  • Call For Artists - Art On The Lawn, Art & Craft Festival, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 (10am - 3pm). (Raindate: Sunday July 19th, 2015.) 7920 E Washington St. Ext., Mebane, NC. Contact 336/290-3170 or

  • Welcome Art In Your Home - Community supported art is like community supported agriculture in that it connects the producers to buyers. Welcome Art In Your Home is a project of the Open Art Society (a program of NYC-based Fractured Atlas). Information about this project is online at Membershop costs $250 to receive 7 works of art, one from each artist in this summer's "crop." The artworks can be picked up at 2 events (one in September and one in October) where the final works will be revealed. Members will also have the chance to meet each other and the artists at these events. Two Orange County artists - Warren Hicks and Gracelee Lawrence - are involved with this project. To purchase shares, please contact the Open Art Society at the website link listed above.
  • Painters, Writers, Poets, Actors, Musicians & Performers: Health Care Insurance is available to you now! Health insurance protects you from high, unexpected costs. Your household may quality for a subsidy. For more information, please contact: Christopher J. Stephenson, IBD Benefits and Risk Management, P.O. Box 134, Carrboro, NC 27510, 919/260-4719.
  • STUDIOS FOR RENT - 3000 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27707. Work among painters, sculptors, printers and more with an exceptional location and energy. Spaces are offered for artists to be inspired and stimulated. This building has been transformed into a workplace for creative professionals. A few blocks from Duke Hospital, new Urban Square - Harris Teeter, shops and new apartments off of Ninth Street and you are close to Hester District, Trinity Park and the Hillandale area.

    This building was formerly known as the Strawbridge Studios which at one time housed a photography space well known for taking photogtraphs in the school system and year books. Now the building is emply and there are plans to bring it back to life. A lot of space is available but first the front entrance area has been refurbished and those are the spaces that are for rent. The location is bright and warm with a large center gallery, huge walls and track lighting. Artists have access to the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area is safe with private parking. Cool exposed vintage timbers in the center gallery. The building has a retro look. Standard studio spaces range from $225 to $550 and are month to month, with no deposit or last month required. Studios are shown by appointment. Please email or call so arrangements can be made to show the studios. Phone 336/290-2797 or email

  • Call for Artists = Town of Cary is now accepting applications for exhibitions in 2016-2017 solo and group art exhibition opportunities at Cary Arts Center, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary Senior Center, Herbert Young Community Center, Bond Park Community Center, and Cary Town Hall. Artists working in any medium are invited to submit an application. Application deadlines are August 1 and February 1. Download an application: or pick one up at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center or the Cary Arts center. Contact:

  • CowParade North Carolina:
  • FRANK, the non-profit gallery at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill continues its Thursday evening series with informal networking and light refreshments beginning at 6 pm. and more info on Facebook: FRANK, Franklin Street Arts Collective

  • Poetry Open Mic at the Looking Glass Cafe - Tuesdays at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department. Come read your own or others' works. Contact the Looking Glass Cafe at 919/967-9398 for directions and more information.
  • CALL TO ARTISTS - Handmade greeting/note cards to be sold at the Orange County Visitors Center in Hillsborough, NC. The subjects of Hillsborough and Orange County will be especially considered.

    Pricing: The visitors center will be purchasing wholesale and adding 40% to artists wholesale price plus sales tax. The target retail price for the cards will be from $3.00 to $5.00.

    Please send one sample and 3 photos of other designs. List the medium used, sizes, quantities available and if the artist or an outside printer produces the cards. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of samples and photos.

    Mail entries to:

    Hillsborough Arts Council
    C/O Neil Stutzer
    102 West King Street
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

  • ARTCYCLE is a program that collects and distributes donations of new and used supplies to be used in our local schools’ classrooms.

    The schools that are served by ARTCYCLE include:

    Elementary Schools:
    Cameron Park
    Grady A. Brown
    Efland Cheeks
    New Hope

    Middle Schools:
    Gravelly Hill
    A.K. Stanback
    C.W. Stanford

    High Schools:
    Cedar Ridge

    Requested materials for music, band and chorus are:

    Black three ring binders
    Clear sheet protector
    Any instruments in any condition
    Mallets/sticks for percussion
    Music stands
    Valve oil
    Woodwind reeds
    Electric Portable Piano, 88 keys
    Vocal music workbooks
    Choral/chorus sheet music
    Photocopy paper, printer, and scanner
    Pencils, paper clips, index cards
    Piano bench
    Cables for amps/guitars
    Slide grease
    Reeds, stronger then 2”
    5 Small stools
    CD and I pod player system
    Small CD player/boom box
    Piano humidifier device
    Requested supplies for the art classrooms are:

    Drawing - paper and cardboard (any size, color or stock,) brown grocery bags, pencils, erasers, markers, pens, chalk, and crayons, matboard
    Painting – Brushes; Paints: poster; acrylic, oil, watercolor, and tempera paints; varnishes; house paints, canvas
    Sculpting - polymer, low fire and sculpting clays, glazes, tools, glue
    Printmaking Supplies
    Craft – glue, kids’ scissors, beads, buttons, yarn, yogurt cups, popsicle sticks, hardware, styrofoam sheets, wire, tiles, tin, pipe cleaners, fabric
    Special Needs - blenders, irons, hair dryers, rolling pins, sewing machines, hammers, plastic bins and boxes, cutting tools

    Drop off locations:

    Churton Street Realty, 121 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
    Call 919/732-1855 to contact any agent for a drop off time

    Coldwell Realty, 114 West King Street, Hillsborough

    The Studio Supply, 421 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

    Last Fridays Event, The Old Courthouse, Hillsborough Arts Council booth

    Orange County Board of Education, Hillsborough

    Tax letters available on request.

    More participants will be added as we grow! Would you like to be involved? Please call or email Hillsborough Arts Council for further information.

    Recycled Supplies for Art Education
    Hillsborough, North Carolina
    Hillsborough Arts Council

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched an online program through its Kenan-Flagler Business School that would offer business knowledge to non-business majors.

    UNC says the program, known as UNC Business Essentials, includes a total of six courses. Students who complete the program would be granted a certificate that they could reference on their resume.

    It is offered to both current students and college graduates.

    “UNC Business Essentials allows the non-business major to become fluent in the language of business to stand out in an interview with a company, make a more meaningful impact in a non-profit or start their own business or organization,” says Susan Cates, associate deal of UNC Executive Development at Kenan-Flagler. “The program is a must-have for students and recent graduates who need to build their real-world relevant business knowledge and add a valuable credential to help distinguish them in the job market.”

    The program includes six courses: Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Economics and Finance, Marketing, Business Operations and Business Communication.

  • The FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently requesting proposals from artists wishing to display work in their gallery. The Center is a hub of international and educational activity and on average hosts well over 1,000 people each week, including members of the University community (students, faculty and staff), local community and visitors from around the world. See Call for Artists below. For more information, contact Laura Griest, Events Coordinator, FedEx Global Education Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 301 Pittsboro Street, Office 1207, Campus Box 3268, Chapel Hill, NC 27599). 919/962-0318 work, 919/843-4814 fax,
  • FedEx Global Education Center - Call for Artists

  • Last Fridays in Hillsborough are scheduled from January through October on the last Friday of the month from 6-9 pm at the Historic Orange County Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough, NC. The next Last Fridays event is scheduled for Friday, July 31, 2015. For more information about this free event, please visit the website of the Hillsborough Arts Council, the sponsoring organization.
  • The next Orange County Arts Commission Artists' Salon will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 from 6:30-9 pm in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Free. The topic has not yet been determined. To attend, please RSVP to or call 919/968-2011.
  • The next 2nd Friday Art Walk will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday, August 14, 2015 in various galleries and venues in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area. Free. For more information and a map of participating venues, please visit

  • North Carolina Arts Council – The annual deadline for most organizational grant requests to the North Carolina Arts Council is March 1st. The deadline for Artists Fellowships is November 1st. For more information about their programs and grants, call 919/733-2111 or visit their website at
  • Practicing artists with successful teaching experience are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Alamance County Arts Council. Instructors are needed for various age levels, in a range of artistic disciplines (including visual, performing and literary arts). Competitive pay, supportive administration. Please email letter of interest and resume to or mail to Mary Ruth, Education Coordinator, Alamance County Arts Council, 213 S. Main St., Graham, NC 27253. Phone 336/226-4495.
  • Art and Ag Driving Tourism Trails Create New Cash Crop for Area Counties - Farms. Chefs. Attractions. Roadside produce stands. Writers. Festivals. Restaurants. Museums. Galleries. Art studios. Nightclubs. Musicians. Photographers. Historic sites. Poets. Grocery stores. Banks. City halls. Community colleges. Visitors centers. Artists.

    What do they all have in common? They may qualify to participate in a project created by the North Carolina Arts Council,, the first statewide effort to create thematic driving trails featuring art and agritourism. To see a sampling of what has already been developed in the eastern part of the state, click on the site and check out the trails.

    The project is free to all participants and is paid for by grants from the Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation, focusing upon counties that have traditionally had some form of agricultural based economy. The goal is to create a new "cash crop," blending tourism, arts and agriculture together.

    The trail in this area will include Chatham, Orange, Lee, Randolph, Guilford and Alamance counties.

    Are You One of These?
    - Restaurants/hotels/B&Bs serving locally produced food
    - Restaurants/hotels/B&Bs displaying locally produced art or featuring local performers
    - Restaurants serving recipes indigenous to the community (like: BBQ, catfish, Brunswick stew)
    - Galleries
    - Retail stores
    - Visual art studios/shops
    - U-pick-it farms
    - Roadside stands
    - Farmers' markets
    - Arts Councils
    - Visitors Centers
    - Festivals
    - Events
    - Cultural events
    - Corn mazes
    - Historic walking tours featuring buildings with architectural significance
    - Night clubs featuring local performers
    - Public gardens
    - Museums
    - Recreational Parks and Reserves
    - Farms open to the public

    Do You Meet Criteria?
    - Standard hours of operation (can include "by appointment only")
    - Safe, clean, tidy
    - Significant proportion of North Carolina merchandise
    - No shops that feature imports
    - Welcoming to people from outside the community
    - Related to cultural, heritage, agricultural, and natural resources
    - Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act
    - Directional signage
    - Hotels/B&B's "connect" to arts and agriculture
    - Interpretation ? signage, brochure or knowledgeable staff
    - Focus on authenticity and quality

    Does Your Restaurant Meet Any 5 of These Criteria?
    - Shows local art on the walls/display cases and/or uses handcrafted items as tableware
    - Has interpretive materials that tell about the arts on premises and/or the history of the place
    - Regularly has live music
    - Features locally grown produce
    - Offers a selection of N.C. indigenous foods
    - Serves indigenous N.C. recipes, such as bean bread
    - Is in an architecturally significant building
    - Is popular with locals
    - Has a unique authentic regional claim to fame, such as "N.C.'s oldest restaurant"

    Greta Lint, local project coordinator for the North Carolina Arts Council, says, "This is the most in-depth, cutting edge tourism effort ever created in our state. Each trail runs through 3 or 5 counties, offering the traveler opportunity to hear local music, eat locally grown food, pick locally grown produce, see locally made crafts and spend more money. By digging deeper into what communities offer, it allows businesses and artisans opportunity to capitalize upon the tourism dollar. In 2003, tourism generated nearly $18 million in direct and indirect spending in North Carolina."

    For more information, please visit You may also contact the North Carolina Arts Council at

  • The Orange County recycling division is now crushing its green glass bottles instead of sending them off to Raleigh for recycling. Right now it's a relatively small size particle with some blue in it, quite attractive and might have some application in art tiles or mosaic or other similar applications. There is a pile of about 100 tons at the landfill. It's about half pea sized gravel and about half 'sand'. If someone wanted to view the pile and see if they can use the material at either its current particle size or a larger size, they can contact the landfill manager, Paul Spire at or via phone at 919/624-0221. The material will be for sale at less than $25 per ton, price is not firm yet. They will load larger quantities for anyone who wants it. For more information, please contact Blair Pollock, Solid Waste Planner, 919/968-2788.
  • PROVENCE RESTAURANT in Carrboro looking for artists to exhibit paintings with mediterranean influence (landscape, villages, coast line,etc). Please contact in the afternoons: Felix Roux, Provence, 203 W. Weaver st., Carrboro, NC. 919/968-5008.

  • Be sure to check out the Triangle Community Foundation's website often for grant/scholarship opportunities:
  • If you are a craft artist and need emergency assistance, check out the Craft Emergency Relief Fund at
  • WHEN WORKS PASS INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN - Lolly Gasaway, University of North Carolina, has created a chart that clearly lays out when works pass into the public domain. The chart may be freely duplicated or linked to for nonprofit use.".
  • The University of North Carolina School of Law created the Community Development Law (CDL) Clinic to help meet the legal needs of nonprofit and community development organizations. In the CDL Clinic, third year law students, under the supervision of law school faculty, furnish free corporate and transactional counsel to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to build and strengthen under-resourced communities.

    The CDL Clinic is a two-semester program in which third-year students provide corporate and transactional counsel to North Carolina nonprofit community development organizations. CDL students work on a wide variety of business law projects including: forming corporations and limited liability companies; spinning off subsidiaries for existing nonprofit corporations; advising organizations regarding local, state and federal taxation; negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of nonprofit organizations; assisting organizations with real estate acquisitions; helping structure joint ventures between nonprofit and for-profit entities; obtaining necessary state licenses for nonprofit programs. Students in the CDL Clinic take primary responsibility for interviewing clients, structuring the legal projects, negotiating on behalf of their clients, and drafting all necessary legal documents. The goal of the CDL Clinic is to help students develop skills in corporate and transactional law, show them how those skills can be put to use in serving under-resourced communities, and at the same time provide valuable legal services to community organizations serving those communities.

    If your organization could use legal counsel in some aspect of its program, or if you would like more information about the clinic, please contact Mark Dorosin (CDL Clinic Supervisor) at 919/843-9909 or or visit UNC Community Development Law Clinic.

  • The Southern Arts Federation, a service organization for the arts in the nine southeastern states, has launched a free job listing web site - We encourage all North Carolina arts organizations to list their vacancies on this site and all job seekers to search the site for openings.
  • Copyright Information for Artists - Check out
  • Health Insurance for Artists - check out The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center on the Americans for the Arts web site.
  • Web Site Development for Artists - Check out the New York Foundation for the Arts web site at www/
  • Art Gallery offering retail and studio spaces for rent. No commission, 6 month agreements, available January 2003. Opening special: month of January rent - half price. Call 919/742-3878 (Siler City, NC).
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has launched NYFA Source, "the nation's most extensive database of awards, services, and publications for artists of all disciplines." Artists, funders, arts organizations, and the general public can access NYFA Source for free at
  • Board Café, at, is a newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Check it out!
  • STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Independent Sector has announced a new accountability initiative to help boards and staff of nonprofits develop clear standards and procedures for ethical behavior. The organization has produced an online compendium of the standards of more than 60 nonprofits.
  • IMAGINING AMERICA. A national movement to link universities with the communities they serve through arts, design, and humanities projects.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) announces a new free online database of grants, residencies, publications and sources of information and assistance for artists of all disciplines. NYFA Source identifies more than 2,600 award programs, 2,000 services and 700 publications for artists in dance, music, theatre, performance art, visual art, design, media art and literary arts. The database may be accessed through
  • National Heritage Fellowships: Nomination Information. As part of its efforts to honor, assist, encourage, and present artists and artforms that reflect the many cultural traditions that make up our nation, the NEA annually awards up to 12 one-time-only National Heritage Fellowships for master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships are intended to recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. For information on how to nominate someone, go to their website at
  • The Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools (CAPS) Program of the Durham Arts Council provides creative ways for students and educators in public and private schools of Durham and Orange counties to access arts education. Students are taught history through dance, language through poetry, science through photography, and other core curriculums through the arts. If you would like information on how to become a CAPS Artist-in-Residence, check out the Durham Arts Council's Artist Services Update. To find out how to place a CAPS artist in your child's school, contact Jane Williams at 919/560-2718 or
  • Triangle Community Foundation is building a database of all eligible non-profits so that its donors can get involved in community organizations serving Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, and have access to the full range of granting opportunities in their fields of interest. If you're interested in submitting an agency profile, contact Jan Muller at 919/474-8360 or email to
  • Durham Arts Council offers revised Exhibit Directory for Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. There are approximately 140 exhibit opportunities listed in this guide with contact names, numbers, addresses and suggestions on how to approach galleries. Exhibit spaces are divided into Commercial, Nonprofit and Alternative spaces. Copies are available for $5.00. Send request and payment (made to Durham Arts Council) to Jennifer Collins, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.
  • North Carolina Handmade is an on-line gallery featuring arts and crafts made in North Carolina. Unlike a typical gallery, North Carolina Handmade will focus on handmade copies of original works instead of more expensive one-of-a-kind pieces. North Carolina Handmade is looking for artists and craftspeople who might be interested in having North Carolina Handmade sell their work. They plan to market pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, glasswork, woodwork, toys and dolls, and any other item handmade in North Carolina. North Carolina Handmade's mission will be to focus on promotion, maintaining a web store, customer service, and shipping while freeing each artist to focus on creating. They have put together a sample web site,, so that they can demonstrate what we have in mind. The site includes sample arts and crafts, sample artist profiles, customer service information pages, and information for artists about working with North Carolina Handmade. For more information, contact Cheri DeRosia or David Brown at or 919/401-9912.

  • Updated July, 2015