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United Arts Council


New Grants Now Available for Artists 

Now more than ever we need creative individuals to inspire us, enlighten us, and cross boundaries to bring us together through art.

With the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, the 2021 Artist Support Grants were created to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity, formerly known as Professional Development Grants, funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and interdisciplinary arts.

Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists who have lived in Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, or Wake County for at least one year are eligible to apply for grants up to $1,500.

Please visit our website for more details on Artist Support Grants. 

Live outside the eligible counties for the United Arts grant? Visit the North Carolina Arts Council website to learn more about artist support grants in all 100 counties.

As you may know, the NC Artist Relief Fund is not accepting new applications for relief funds at this time. United Arts, VAE, Artspace, Pinecone, and Theatre Raleigh joined together at the beginning of the pandemic to create this fund. To date, $182,796.50 has been distributed to 681 artists across NC! Although the fund is paused, we are excited the Artist Support Grants are now available to help artists bring new work to new audiences. 


An Un-BEE-lievable First Friday Planned!

Join us for a conversation with muralist Matt Willey about his passion for honey bees, his goal of painting 50,000 bees across the United States, and his newest bee mural in Wendell as part of our Municipal Murals program, funded in part by Wake County. 

We will also welcome Pam Thompson Smith who is the executive director of one of our Cultural Access grantees - the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. She will be joined by her board chair, Grady Bussey, to discuss the plans for their festival on Labor Day weekend, and the ways they are adapting in these uncertain times. 

Visit our website or Facebook event for details. 


Artists in Schools Expo: Stay at Home Edition

Artists in Schools Expo
The Artists in Schools Expo (formerly known as the Cultural Arts Booking Fair) occurs annually, bringing together artists and community members who schedule cultural arts programming. In response to the changing needs of our community, the United Arts staff will offer a series of virtual events to take the place of the Artists in Schools 2020 Expo. The series will feature 60 Artists in Schools artists over the course of five days in August.
What: Artists in Schools 2020 Expo: Stay at Home Edition
When: August 6 – 15, 2020
Where: The comfort of your own home or wherever you happen to be

As always, our Artists in Schools Expo is free and open to the public. Representatives from schools (faculty, administration, PTA), organizations, communities, venues, parks, businesses, and children are all welcome to attend!

To learn more about the 2020 Artists in Schools Expo and obtain specific days/times, contact Julia Mastropaolo at or (919) 839-1498, ext. 210.
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United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

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Raleigh, North Carolina  27603

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