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Eastern NC Arts Councils Seek Applications for Regional Artist Project Grants

Artists in 29 counties are eligible for regional awards

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The Arts Council of Carteret County is seeking applications for the 2015–2016 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online a

The Regional Artist Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout eastern North Carolina working as a consortium. Counties include Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.

Residents in these counties are eligible to apply for grants that provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at

Since 1985, the state Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artist Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of eastern North Carolina arts councils matches the N.C. Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In the East, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as administrative arts council for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium and manages the application and review process. Application forms and grant guidelines are available on their website at Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 11, 2015 to the Pitt County Arts Council, located at 404 S. Evans St., Greenville, NC 27858 or can also be delivered to your local arts council, Arts Council of Carteret County c/o 712 Arendell St., Morehead City, during weekdays, 10-4 p.m

For more information, contact Holly Garriott, Executive Director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge,, (252) 551-6947 or Pam Cooper, ACCC President at 252-726-8669 or

Grassroots Arts Program Funding Announced

The Arts Council of Carteret County announces the availability of Grassroots Arts Program funding for local organizations. Deadline for application is June 5, 2015. Click below for the Guidelines for Funding and the Application. Questions should be directed to Sandi Malone at or call (252)728-7550.

Guidelines for Funding

Grassroots Subgrant Application

It's ARTrageous!

The Arts Council of Carteret County announces the Sixth Annual Arts Council of Carteret County Juried Waterfront Art Show, in conjunction with the Crystal Coast Boat Show. It will be held May 16 -17, 2015 on the Morehead City waterfront.

ARTrageous showcases regional artists and provides an opportunity for them to show
and sell art, and to provide entertainment and art enrichment activities for the thousands
of visitors and families attending the boat show.

Click here to download the ARTrageous Save the Date poste.

Download the ARTrageous contract. Contract must be received no later than May 1, 2015.

Download the jury application form. Jury applications must be received no later than May 1, 2015.

Art from the Heart Student Art Show

The Arts Council of Carteret County is sponsoring the Art from the Heart Carteret County Student Art Show and would like to cordially invite you to view the featured artworks created by the K-12 students of Carteret County

Located in the Morehead plaza, by Snap Fitness, the show will run from March 13th-22nd. Those wishing to view the displayed artwork may visit the show from 4-6 P.M. weekdays and 12-4 P.M. on weekends. Displaying a wide variety of artistic styles, the show boasts some of the best selections of student artwork from each school.

In addition to the regularly scheduled viewing hours, on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 P.M you are invited to attend the reception, which includes refreshments and snacks for all. Starting at 6 P.M. awards and recognition will be given to three overall winners from each school. The winning artworks are selected by a panel of judges consisting of several local artists. Please come support your local budding artists for a night of art and celebration.

Download the Art Show Poster.

Art from the Heart Dates Set

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) announces Art From the Heart 2015 scheduled February 20 - March 7, a show and sale of original artwork created by artists from Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow counties.

Registration for Art From the Heart begins February 13 and ends on February 15. Artists from those four counties may participate and are NOT required to be members of the Arts Council of Carteret County. Artists from counties other than Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow may participate provided they are members of the ACCC.

This year's show is being held at the Morehead Plaza, Morehead City, NC, between Snap Fitness and the former Home Emporium. (Please note: This show is not being held in the Morehead Plaza units in which AFH was held for the past two years.)

Download the official 2015 AFH Program with the complete listing of all winners and awards.

Gallery Hours

Click here to download the full announcement.

2015 AFH Entry Rules
2015 AFH Entry Form
2015 AFH Calendar

Raleigh North Carolina artist Dan Nelson will judge this year’s show. For Mr. Nelson’s biographical information please visit his website.

Scholarships Announced for 2015

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) is offering scholarship opportunities of up to $1,000 per student to provide tuition assistance for students pursuing degrees in the arts at the college level (two or four year courses of study) and the North Carolina School of the Arts

Scholarships under this program are available for tuition assistance only. They are not available to pay for private tutoring or classes not offered by accredited educational institutions. 
For the purpose of these scholarships “arts” are defined to encompass vocal and instrumental music education, performance, music theory, composition, dance, creative writing, art history, arts education, architecture and design, theatre, drama, media arts, sculpture, painting, drawing, film studies and photography.

Applicants should be high school seniors attending a public or private high school in Carteret County, NC.   Homeschooled applicants residing in Carteret County may apply. The Arts Council will also consider applicants who have not completed high school but have been accepted in advanced programs of study in art related disciplines.

Applicants who have been accepted to attend or who are attending Carteret Community College (CCC) and pursuing a degree in the arts either at CCC or as a transfer student from CCC to an accredited educational institution in the United States are also eligible.
Applications may be made through high school guidance counselors, and art teachers, the guidance office at Carteret Community College or directly to the Arts Council of Carteret County a PO Box 2294,  Morehead City, NC 28557.
No applications received by E-mail will be accepted.

Application forms are available through high school and Carteret Community College guidance counselors.  They may also be downloaded below.

High school student applications are due to high school guidance offices by noon, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Applications submitted through the guidance office at Carteret Community College are also due by Wednesday, April 8th.
Applications submitted directly to the ACCC must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 8th, 2015.
The Arts Council’s scholarship program was initiated in 2012. Since that time over $10,000 has been awarded in college scholarships to the students of Carteret County. The ACCC raises money for this program through projects dedicated solely to scholarships and private donations.  The Council has also set aside ten percent of its net income for the past three years to help fund the scholarship program. 

Donations in support of the Arts Council’s scholarship program are encouraged and welcomed.  For more information please contact the Arts Council of Carteret County at (252) 726-9156.

Click here to download the application form.

Art From The Heart 2014 Awards

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) has announced its winners from the Council’s 24th annual Art From The Heart art show which closed on March first.

Raleigh artist Bob Rankin judged the show which was on display at Morehead Plaza for two weeks and featured 405 pieces of original artwork created by artists from Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico counties.

Awards were presented in two categories – photography and non-photography. This year, the ACCC presented over $5000 to artists who received awards of excellence and honorable mention.

Photography Awards of Excellence were presented to Ryan Adrick, Patrick Field, Beth Kohutek, Lee Lumpkin, Scott Taylor and Bill Meserve.

Honorable mention awards in photography were received by Evie Chang Henderson, Ike Terrell, Karen Mault, Schuyler Munden, Scott Taylor, and David Vogt.

The non-photography category featured two and three dimensional artwork including painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, fiber art and mixed media. Awards of excellence in this category were presented to Sally Anger, Deanna Grant, Chris Stetson, Diana L. Coidan, Mark Brown, Cora Mae Pipkin, Georgia Mason, Sandi Malone, David C. Slyck, Terry Greene, Lanny Pelletier, Stan Harmon, Romaine Riddle, Gwen Jordan, Steve Underwood and Carol Stens.

Honorable mention recognitions in the non-photo category were presented to Ann Etheridge, Nancy Gorr, Carol Gatchel, Dixie Leibert, Ruth Heppler (two awards), Janet Chambliss, and Christina Berner.

Carol Stens received additional recognition by winning Art From The Heart’s People’s Choice Award, presented annually to the artist whose piece of artwork receives the most votes from members of the public who viewed the gallery and voted during the show. The winning piece was fiber art entitled “Quilt Country.”

For more information regarding Art From The Heart 2014 including a full gallery guide and other links please go to the ACCC’s website at

Arts Council Receives TDA Grant

The Arts Council, representing a consortium of five 501(c)3 Arts Organizations in Carteret County – American Music Festival, Arts Council, Carteret Arts forum, Carteret Community Theatre, and the Down East FolkArts Society, received a grant from the Tourism Development Authority in May 2014. This is the second year that the Arts Council has received funding from TDA for advertising our combined activities in Our State Magazine. An estimated total of 75 events are scheduled for our combined seasons through June 30, 2015. Our goal through advertising is to bring people from outside of our area to Carteret County for our arts offerings. Our advertising theme this year will be: CARTERET COUNTY Where Art and Culture meet the Crystal Coast. The first ad for the September, 2014 issue of Our State Magazine is posted on this page.

In addition to listing the activities of the five arts organizations represented in the grant, we will be expanding our page this year to include other arts offerings in the county during the period of time each ad covers. Submissions should be made to In the subject line please list Our State announcement. Please list name of event, location and telephone number contact.

The Arts Council is excited about the opportunity to promote and support the wonderful arts and cultural offerings in Carteret County. We believe this grant opportunity will help us promote Carteret County as the Arts Destination on the Crystal Coast.

ACCC Newsletters

Download the latest Arts Council of Carteret County newsletter from  Fall 2012. To subscribe, join the ACCC.Click here for membership information.