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Arts Council announces grants

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

The Arts Council of Lincoln County is reaching out to all local artists in a big way, as it recently announced a major grant and a call for artists to participate in one of Lincolnton’s most anticipated events.
Applications are now available at the Arts Council of Lincoln County for the Regional Artist Project Grant. A grant funded in part by the Arts Council of Lincoln County as well as nine counties in North and South Carolina, the Blumenthal Endowment and the North Carolina Arts Council, the Regional Artist Project Grant provides funding for individuals and unincorporated groups of artists in order to pursue projects that may continue to develop their artistic endeavors.
Open to eligible artists, the RAPG provides up to $2,000 to help rent or purchase equipment or help defray professional development fees or costs. Interested artists must submit their applications no later than noon on Sept. 19.
The Arts Council also issued an open call to all local artists that would like to participate in the 2014 Art Crawl. A staple in the Lincolnton community, the annual Art Crawl sees local businesses open their doors to participate in an evening of art appreciation. Merchants often feature painters, jewelry makers, wood turners, potters, photographers and a variety of other mediums for which the county is quickly making a name for itself.
The Art Crawl will be held on Nov. 14 in downtown Lincolnton. Music, food, dancing and various forms or artistic expression will be on display and the Arts Council is calling for interested artists to participate.
For more information on the RAPG grant or how to become a featured artist in the Art Crawl, contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at artslincolnnc@gmail.com.

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