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North Carolina Arts Council | Art Matters
In this issue | February 2021
  • An update about N.C. Arts Council grants
  • Apply now to be our 2021 Folklife Intern 
  • Watch The Hamiltones perform at Music at the Mansion
  • Register now for ARTS Day
Grant news
NCAC Grant Programs for FY2021-22
In our continued effort to support the arts sector through the pandemic, we will streamline the North Carolina Arts Council’s grant offerings for the coming year. We have two main priorities: (1) to distribute flexible funding as widely as possible to arts organizations and artists, and (2) to support projects that benefit underserved communities in the state.
Folklife Internship
Folklife Internship
We are accepting applications for our 2021 Folklife Internship program. This paid internship takes place for 12 weeks between May and September. Applications are due on March 1. Candidates will be notified of decisions by March 15.
Music at the Mansion
The Hamiltones performing at the Governor's Mansion
Nearly a year ago, the Grammy-nominated trio The Hamiltones kicked off the second season of Music at the Mansion. That performance premiered last month at AmericanaFest UK.
ARTS Day 2021
Arts Day 2021, March 22-24
Register now for virtual ARTS Day, an annual gathering of art and action that draws hundreds of North Carolinians to learn, network, celebrate, and speak with one voice on behalf of the arts.
In case you missed it
North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will host an online poetry workshop for Wake County Public Libraries’ Lift Every Voice program on February 14. She will join the Reverend Dr. William Barber II on February 22 and 25 for a series of virtual events about environmental justice at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Three days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., North Carolina native Nina Simone premiered “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead),” at the Westbury Music Fair. The song raised questions in the minds of people everywhere: why did this happen and where do we go from here? Our content strategist, Sam Gerweck, wrote about Simone’s tribute to Dr. King here.
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We have virtually onboarded several new staff members during the pandemic, including Joseph Perez, our A+ Schools of North Carolina’s program administrator. In a new story on the A+ blog site, Joseph, who joined our staff last October, reflected on his experience getting to know the staff, the A+ network, and the A+ methodology here.
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This season, we mourn the loss of several important members of our community. Jill Dinwiddie, a former North Carolina Arts Council board member and advocate for women’s rights, died on January 7. Tonya R. Taylor, executive director of the McClatchy Journalism Institute and a board member of the North Carolina Arts Foundation, died on January 13. Anthony “Vincent” Marron, the first director of our A+ Schools program, died on January 22. 
In the news
in the news
The U.S. Small Business Administration is preparing to accept applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants. Emergency assistance will be available for eligible venues affected by the pandemic. 
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The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission is hosting the 4th Annual Black History Month Read-In. Throughout February, they will highlight Black North Carolina children’s book authors. 
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The national Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) project is seeking host museums to measure museum social impact, which is defined as the effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and well-being of the individuals who live there. MOMSI will accept 30 museums of all sizes and focus areas into the cohort. Learn more here.
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Banner Elk Elementary School principal Justin Carver attended an A+ School as a child. Now he administers one. EducationNC recently profiled Carver’s leadership championing arts integration in North Carolina schools. Read that here.
Dates to know
  • March 1: Applications for our Folklife Internship due
  • March 15: FY 2021-22 N.C. Arts Council Grant Guidelines will be published
  • March 23-24: ARTS Day
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