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United Arts Council

United Arts is Moving: A Message from our President

Please take a moment to listen to Charles Phaneuf, President of United Arts, as he talks about United Arts' move and some upcoming events and opportunities.
Our new mailing address is: 
PO Box 26388 
Raleigh, NC  27611 

 A transcript of the video is available at the end of this email. 


New Partner & Workshop Dates for Artist Support Grants 

We are excited to announce that Raleigh Arts is now partnering with us for our 2021 Artist Support Grants. With additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, United Arts will offer grants to individual artists of up to $1,500. New this year: 50% of the grant can be used to pay the artists for their work on their projects. These grants, formerly known as Professional Development Grants, fund 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.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend an application workshop to learn more about the grant process and tips on strengthening your application.  

Artist Support Grant Application Workshops: 
Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am 
Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am 
Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 pm 

Please register in advance for workshops by emailing your name, county of residence, and the specific workshop you plan to attend. 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.


BEE There or BEE Square!

Muralist Matt Willey is in Wendell, North Carolina this week to paint his newest honey bee mural. Through his organization, The Good of the Hive, Matt is on a personal mission to hand-paint 50,000 honey bees – the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive – in murals in public spaces across the United States and the world. The Wendell mural is part of the United Arts Council’s Municipal Murals program, funded in part by Wake County. When asked why he decided to paint bees, Matt responded.

"The global hive I’m painting is a metaphor for the connectedness of all things. The bees are a symbol for humans, trees, animals, pollinators, water, soil, and everything in between.” 

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) kicks off tomorrow! This event occurs annually, bringing together artists and community members who schedule cultural arts programming. In response to the changing needs of our community, United Arts is offering a series of virtual events to take the place of the Artists in Schools 2020 Expo. The series will feature 66 Artists in Schools artists over the course of five days in August.
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.

Transcript of Video Message:

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
 PO Box 26388
Raleigh, North Carolina  27611

My name is Charles Phaneuf, and I’m the President of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

I’ve now been in this role with United Arts for six months. Like every organization, we’ve been constantly adapting and evolving in that time to better accomplish our mission.

Organizations like ours, in my opinion, are never about a physical space. Since much of our day to day work can happen virtually right now we’ve been working from home since March when the stay at home order began.

So when the opportunity to give up our office space arose, we took that chance. As of August 1st, our new official mailing address is a PO Box, which you will see in the description for this video and/or the email you clicked on to get here. We are no longer occupying the office space on Glenwood Avenue.

Our mission is to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through support of and advocacy for the arts. Because we will be saving on rent, and because of other cost reductions we’ve made, we will be able to increase grants to organizations and artists this coming year, including our new Artist Support Grants, which is essential given the magnitude of the crisis that the arts community now faces.

We hope to share news with you soon about an exciting new home and partnership.

In the meantime please continue joining us for virtual programs. Our Artists in Schools Expo and Trainings are happening online over a series of sessions between now and August 15. Typically that program reaches 120,000 children a year in Wake County schools.

On August 7th we’ll host our fourth virtual First Friday, interviewing Pam Thompson Smith from the African American Cultural Festival, a grantee of United Arts about their exciting plans for a virtual festival this year. We’ll also talk with artist Matthew Willey, who’s commissioned through our municipal murals program to create a new work in downtown Wendell in his effort to paint 50,000 honey bees across America, the size of a healthy hive.

In reflecting on all that’s happened recently at United Arts, and in our arts community, I’m reminded of a quote, “The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.”

As always, we appreciate the community of supporters who make our work possible, whether by donating their time and/or resources.

Thank you and stay well.
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United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, North Carolina  27611

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