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Applications available for Regional Artist Project Grant

The Rowan Arts Council, a member of the Regional Arts Consortium, has announced applications are available for the 2009 Regional Artist Project Grant Program.
The program provides an award for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that 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 and others. Filmmakers may work in short films, documentaries or other media arts.
Performing and literary artists will be eligible to apply for the 2009 deadline.
Applicants must be permanent residents of the region, having lived for a minimum of 12 months prior to the deadline in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and Stanly counties or York, S.C.
Applicants must be 18 or older and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Eligible applicants and recipients may not enroll in, or be 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 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. Applications received after this deadline cannot be accepted. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply through the online system.
Funded projects must take place between Jan. 1 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 should contact the Rowan Arts Council for assistance.
The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is administered by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Inc. in partnership with the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford and Stanly counties and York, S.C. The program is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils.
For more information or an application, visit the Rowan Arts Council Web site “opportunities” page at www.rowanarts. org or www.artsandscience. org.
Artists should contact the Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-9887 or rac@rowanarts.org to schedule a review of their application and to get the letter of acknowledgement.

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