Story by Kyesha Jennings | Photos by Joseph Headen
The North Carolina Arts Council created the N.C. Artist Support Grant to help individual artists during the pandemic. The program is a partnership of the Arts Council and the state’s extensive local arts council network, which is divided into 18 regions to distribute the grant awards to artists in every corner of the state. Scholar and writer Kyesha Jennings interviewed five of the 385 artists who received the grant in 2020 about their work, the pandemic, and what the grant meant to them. Their stories show the many ways North Carolina artists continue to create meaningful work during this challenging time.
Created last year to support individual artists during the pandemic, the N.C. Artist Support Grant program is an opportunity for regional consortia of arts councils to award project grants to local artists. This consortia is now accepting applications for Year 2 of the grant program. Here's what you need to know to apply.