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Rowan Arts Council announces grant applications

Artist Project Grants
The Rowan Arts Council, a member of the Regional Arts Consortium, has announced the availability of applications for the 2009 Regional Artist Project Grant Program.
The program provides an award for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The grant program alternates disciplines every year.Visual artists and filmmakers are eligible to apply for the upcoming 2008 deadline. Visual artists may include painters, photographers, ceramic artists, sculptors, woodworkers, quilters, basket weavers, etc. Filmmakers may work in short films, documentaries, or other media arts.
Performing and literary artists will be eligible to apply for the 2009 deadline.
The applicants must be a permanent resident of the region, having resided for a minimum of 12 months prior to the deadline in one of the following counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly or York, S.C. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Eligible applicants and recipients may not enroll in, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the time their funded project is in progress. Artists on the staff of one of the participating arts councils or artists who received a regional Artists Project Grant within the last four fiscal years (July 2004 and later) are not eligible to apply.
All applications and work samples must be submitted no later than noon on Wednesday, Aug. 27. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply through the online system. Funded projects must take place between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009.Established artists may apply for up to $5,000. Emerging artists can apply for a maximum of $3,000. An application is not a guarantee of funding.
An additional requirement this year is a letter of acknowledgment from your local arts council to assure that the application has been reviewed before submission.
Artists without access to the Internet may contact the Rowan Arts Council for assistance.
For more information or application visit the Rowan Arts Council Web site “opportunities” page at www.rowanarts.org or www.artsandscience.org.
Contact the Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-9887 or rac@rowanarts.org to schedule a review of their application and to acquire the letter of acknowledgement.
Spencer Walking Tour
Photographers and artists are invited to take a photographic walking tour of Spencer beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Participants will share techniques while capturing the essence of the town. The group will meet at the Art Station, located at 514 S. Salisbury Ave. in downtown Spencer.
Participants will be encouraged to display their artwork at The Art Station during a show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of North Rowan High School in mid-October.
Please RSVP to the Art Station at 704-633-6410.
Roller Mill festival
CHINA GROVE ó In its glory, the China Grove Roller Mill could grind 400 pounds of flour every 22 minutes. Farmers came from as far away as Charlotte and Harrisburg to get their grain milled.
At the Roller Mill Histories and Mysteries Festival on Sunday, Aug. 10, these are just a few of the interesting facts you can learn about a local landmark. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St., you can treat your whole family to a free and entertaining afternoon of storytelling, history and refreshments.
Local storytellers will entertain with North Carolina ghost stories and other traditional tales, and if you are coming for the history, the mill is chock full of it. Started in 1883, and housed in the current building since 1903, the mill was run as a working business until 1995.
Tours of the four-story building and the original mill equipment will be offered throughout the afternoon, along with refreshments. The tours will show the whole process of wheat being ground into flour, showing it’s more than just the bag you pick up at the grocery store.
The China Grove Roller Mill is now owned by the China Grove Historical Society, and Rowan Public Library is pleased to be partnering with them for this event.
For more information, call the library at 704-216-7728.
Night on Broadway
Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road, will present the third annual Night on Broadway at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
The show will feature former Broadway performers Drew and Wendy Weant and their daughters, Ginny and Katie, with special guest artists Aimee Lamkin and Frances McGill.
Original dance choreography and performances will be presented by Dana Ribelin, co-owner and artistic director of To The Pointe Dance Company, student soloist Carleigh Rose and To The Pointe competition dancers.
Following the show, refreshments will be served on the garden patio.
There is no admission charge for this performance, but reservations are recommended to to limited space.
For reservations, call 704-633-4666.
Opera 101
WINSTON-SALEM ó Piedmont Opera presents Opera 101, a weekly class beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through Student Night for “The Light in the Piazza” on Oct. 8.
Opera 101 students will experience an inside look at the world of opera; getting the inside scoop on all sorts of production aspects from opera history to costumes. Students will get to observe the process of costume design and construction, as well as the backstage world for an opera production. The culmination of the five week class will be attending the production of The Light in the Piazza.
Singers will provide demonstrations during some classes, and artistic director, Jamie Allbritten, will teach one session.
The cost for the course is $150.
More information can be found at www.piedmontopera. org.
Call to register at 336-724-3202.
Founders’ Day
GOLD HILL ó Plans are underway for the 19th annual Gold Hill Founders’ Day Celebration.
The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. Applications are being accepting for arts, crafts, antique exhibits, antique demonstrators, entertainers, food vendors and parade entries in the coming weeks.
The enlarged heritage area will include homemaking crafts of the 1800’s, including a shingle mill, antique block press, chuckwagon, and stagecoach. The Civil War Living History Encampment will return this year and stage a skirmish between the Blue and Gray during the afternoon of the festival. Applications may be requested for the Heritage Area as well as the other areas mentioned above.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is located 14 miles south of Salisbury, just off U.S. Hwy. 52 at Gold Hill.
For more information about the event, or to request an application, visit the website at www.HistoricGoldHill.com or call 704-279-7897 or 704-267-9439.
Inquiries for vendors, artists and craftspeople may be sent to Vivian@HistoricGoldHill.com.

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