In 2020, the North Carolina Arts Council created several statewide initiatives to support the arts sector during the pandemic. The Artist Support Grant program is one of them. The program—which is designed to support individual artists across the state—will continue in 2021. Sydney Steen, the creative economies coordinator for the agency, answers several questions about the Artist Support Grant program.
Based in Durham, The Beautiful Project is an arts collective on a mission to empower Black women and girls to use the tools of photography, writing, and community to tell authentic stories that will revolutionize the way the world sees Black women and girls.
The North Carolina Arts Council is developing a pilot program that will advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in nonprofit arts organizations across the state. The Arts Council asks independent organizational consultants or firms with specific expertise in mitigating unconscious bias and advancing DEAI in organizations to submit their qualifications to support this pilot program.