We believe that artists are an integral part of civic life stimulating creativity, innovation and dialogue.

In North Carolina you’ll find choreographers, duck decoy carvers, opera singers, traditional potters, poets, composers, bluegrass fiddlers, jazz musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, novelists, filmmakers, songwriters, actors, playwrights and more across the state.

The North Carolina Arts Council compiles juried directories from applicants to various programs. All of the artists included in these directories were evaluated for artistic merit, screened and approved by panels of their peers facilitated by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Use the following links to explore the artists available for school and community programs, artists who have received grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and recipients of Heritage Awards.

We encourage you to use the various directories and artist databases to find an artist to work in your community, school or perform at a local festival or concert. You can also contact your local arts council for a list of artists in your community.