The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased to share this list of opportunities for artists. This is a free listing service where the entries are compiled via submissions from the field and updated weekly. If you have questions about a specific opportunity, please reach out to the organization listed directly.

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  • South Arts
    South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. 
  • NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
    The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources awards grants to individuals and organizations to foster historical, cultural, recreational, and environmental pursuits.
  • Local Arts Councils
    Check with your local arts council for regional artist opportunities and grants. 

  • ARTS North Carolina
    Publicizes job and internship opportunities through its membership listserv. Arts North Carolina will not post job listings that do not provide a salary range or that request candidates provide a salary history. Members may submit unlimited listings at no charge. Non-members pay $100 per listing.
  • Jobs in North Carolina Government
    Jobs openings are listed for all agencies within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, including the N.C. Arts Council.

  • Americans for the Arts
    A service for both job seekers and arts employers. Job seekers can post their resumes and use the searchable database of nonprofit and for-profit arts management positions at organizations across the United States. For a moderate fee, employers can post a job opening and use the searchable database of online resumes to find qualified professional candidates.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    Job seekers can access listings for free and arts organizations are charged a moderate fee to post a job opening or artist opportunity.

The following is a listing of North Carolina colleges, universities, and schools with programs and courses in the arts.

College or university City
Appalachian State University Boone
Barton College Wilson
Brevard College Brevard
Chowan College Murfreesboro
Davidson College Davidson
Duke University Durham
East Carolina University Greenville
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City
Elon University Elon
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville
Guilford College Greensboro
Greensboro College Greensboro
Meredith College Raleigh
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro
North Carolina Central University Durham
North Carolina Community College System Statewide
North Carolina State University Raleigh
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount
St. Augustine’s College Raleigh
University of Mount Olive Mount Olive
UNC Asheville Asheville
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte Charlotte
UNC Greensboro Greensboro
UNC Pembroke Pembroke
UNC Wilmington Wilmington
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem
Warren Wilson College Swannanoa
Western Carolina University Cullowhee
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem

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Literary Arts Anthology Poetry Competition 2024

Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, the Anthology Poetry Competition is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. There is no restriction on theme or style. Poems submitted should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person. Each submission will require a separate entry form.


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: November 2023 – February 2024 Early bird fee – €15: March – June 2024 Standard fee – €18: July – October 2024

Thursday, October 31, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Photography Competition 2024

Open to photographers working at any level, the Anthology Photography Competition celebrates outstanding standalone images. It also provides a platform for photographers to showcase their work through publication.
Images submitted must be on the theme of ‘Everyday Wonders’. Submissions will be judged on quality, creativity, originality, and visual/emotional impact.
The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and editorial coverage in a future issue of Anthology magazine.


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: December 2023 – March 2024 / Early bird fee – €12: April – July 2024 / Standard fee – €18: August – November 2024

 

Saturday, November 30, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Flash Fiction Competition 2024

Established to inspire creativity, great writing and to provide a platform for publication. The Anthology Flash Fiction Competition is open to original and previously unpublished flash fiction pieces on any theme or genre in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for writing that is clever and unique, inspires us, and crafts a compelling story. 
The winner will receive a €300 cash prize and the chance to see their work published.


Fees or awards
Early bird fee – €10: November 2023 – May 2024 / Standard fee – €12: June – September 2024

 

Monday, September 30, 2024
Visual Art Anthology Art Competition 2024

The Anthology Art Competition is established to foster and support both established and emerging visual artists and provide a platform for publication. The competition is open to multiple genres including painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography and digital media. 
Works entered must not have appeared on the cover of another publication. Works previously exhibited or published on the artist’s website on the interior pages of a book or magazine are accepted.


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: December 2023 – February 2024 / Early bird fee – €12: April – June 2024 / Standard fee – €18: July – October 2024

 

Thursday, October 31, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Travel Writing Competition 2024

Established for writers who like to share authentic travel experiences and to provide a platform for publication. The Anthology Travel Writing Competition is open to original and previously unpublished travel articles in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for an engaging article that will capture the reader’s attention, conveying a strong sense of the destination and the local culture. 


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: December 2023 – March 2024 Early bird fee – €12: April – July 2024 Standard fee – €15: August – November 2024

 

Saturday, November 30, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Personal Memoir Competition 2024

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Authors are invited to share a unique life experience. Whether your memoir recounts a transformative journey, a poignant moment, or a life-altering event, we welcome your story.
The Anthology Personal Memoir Competition is open to original and previously unpublished memoirs in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
The winner will receive a €500 and the chance to see their work published.


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: November 2023 – January 2024 / Early bird fee – €12: February – April 2024 / Standard fee – €15: May – August 2024

Saturday, August 31, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Nature Writing Competition

The Anthology Nature Writing Competition is created to celebrate the beauty of the natural world, inspire literary excellence and encourage Anthology’s readers to explore the great outdoors. Whether it’s the wonder of life right in your own garden, an encounter with wildlife, the serenity of a forest, a reflection on environmental challenges, or the healing power of nature, we welcome your stories.
The winner will receive a €500 and the chance to see their work published.


Fees or awards
Very early bird fee – €10: November 2023 – February 2024 / Early bird fee – €12: March – May 2024 / Standard fee – €15: June – September 2024

Monday, September 30, 2024
Literary Arts Anthology Short Story Competition 2024

Established to recognize and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, the Anthology Short Story Competition is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. There is no restriction on theme or style. Stories submitted must not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. Each submission will require a separate entry form.


Fees or awards
Early bird fee – €15: December – March 2024 / Standard fee – €18: April – July 2024

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Grants & Fellowships NBA Foundation Grants

The NBA Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2024 on a rolling basis.  Applications will be reviewed within 12-14 weeks of submission and only applications from organizations serving Black youth within NBA markets will be considered.

In order to be considered for a grant from the NBA Foundation, your organization must meet the following requirements:

Qualify as a registered 501(c)3 tax organization or a T3010 if operating in Canada
Have a current IRS Form 990 from the most fiscal year
Focus on promoting school-to-career employment opportunities that target Black youth ages 14-24 years old
Serve a minimum of 25 youth annually across your programs

A schedule of 2024 grant application webinar dates and registration can be found on the website.

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Visual Art Wayne Art Center Craft Forms 2024 Call For Entry

Wayne Art Center is seeking submissions for the 29th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, in the following mediums: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. Work created utilizing CAD/CAM technologies and 3D printing tools also is eligible. Selected works will be on display in the Davenport Gallery of Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania from December 7, 2024 through January 25, 2025. 


Fees or awards
$50 entry fee, $25,000 in cash awards

Wednesday, September 11, 2024