Professional Development

South Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice Program

The South Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice Program supports mentor artist and apprentice relationships that cross state borders with $5,000 to develop shared cultural heritage in Central Appalachia. This program is open to mentor artists from eligible counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee who apply with an apprentice from an eligible county in a different state.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NC Film Forum

The NC Film Forum is a skill building series designed to support independent producers who make movies for a living. View schedule and registration information. 

Next up: Cast and Crew, June 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Find out how festivals, distributors, filmmakers, and cinemas are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic with Lela Meadow-Conner, Film Festival Alliance's Executive Director.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Teaching Artists Guild

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.

Full Frame Teach the Teachers

Full Frame's annual Teach the Teachers program immerses a small group of Triangle educators into the festival experience, where we give them the tools and the confidence to successfully integrate documentary film into their classrooms.
Open to high school and middle school teachers, this important media literacy initiative will be accepting applications for the 2020 program soon. 

Writers and Books

Resource: Writers & Books is a literary center in Rochester, N.Y. that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. Programs include: writing classes and workshops; outreach programs; readings and talks by visiting and regional writers; residency programs at our rural retreat center; an annual Regional Playwriting Competition; internships; and other programs.

Women in Photography

Resource: Women in Photography (WIP)is an innovative website that showcases the work of women artists. It focuses on exhibiting work outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world, allowing it to reach a global audience and to provide opportunities at no cost. In 2009 WIP launched the Grant & Mentor Program which awards funds and materials to support women artists.


Resource: Working Artists and the Greater Economy is a New York-based activist organization whose mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.

Sustainable Arts Foundation

Resource: The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families whose mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

School of Making Thinking

Resource: The School of Making Thinking is an artist-thinker residency program, experimental college, and nomadic investigation into collaborative practice. Its mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to create original work that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making and thinking.


Resource: Patreon is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or patrons. Popular among YouTube videographers, web comic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online, it allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art.


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