Arts Council A-Z

Learn about ensuring meaningful arts experiences for people with disabilities, patients and caregivers in healthcare settings.

Learn about the longest-running, arts-based whole-school reform model in the nation.


Our education grants and programs help schools and nonprofit organizations strengthen the use of arts in pre-K–12. We expand education and put creativity at the center of youth development through Grants, Poetry Out Loud, and our Traditional Arts Programs for Students (TAPS).

Through our Artist Fellowships, North Carolina Heritage AwardNorth Carolina Poet Laureate, and Artist Support Grant programs, we offer grants for artists in recognition of exceptional work. We also provide ongoing professional development opportunities for North Carolina artists.


Explore N.C.’s rich music traditions through our nationally recognized Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.

We document and celebrate the unique character of N.C. and the diverse arts, practices, and lifeways that emerge from within communities across the state through Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, Folklife Internships, North Carolina Heritage Awards.


We support 2,500 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through Grants for Organizations and Technical Assistance.

We provide funding and leadership support in all 100 N.C. counties for arts programming through our Grassroots Arts Program and Resources for Local Arts Councils.


Learn about the impact of the arts in our state through the Arts & Economic Prosperity study and other Research Projects.

See how we transform downtowns and fuel sustainable economic development.