This past March, A+ Schools of North Carolina—a program of the North Carolina Arts Council—selected 10 new A+ Schools Apprentice Fellows. Following a revised recruitment process, which focused on identifying and inviting a more diverse group of applicants, the program welcomes its most diverse Apprentice Fellows cohort ever: 60 percent are artists and/or educators of color.
Meziah Smith is a sophomore at Knightdale High School, in Wake County. She is a student, a reciter, and a poet, and will represent North Carolina in the national Poetry Out Loud semifinals. We asked North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green to pose some questions for Meziah to answer, so you can get to know this student ahead of her trip to the Poetry Out Loud semifinals.
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.