FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2020
United Arts Announces 2021 Artist Support Grants
[Raleigh, N.C.] – The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County announces the investment of $83,853 in grants to 62 individual artists in Wake, Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, and Lee Counties.
With the support of the North Carolina Arts Council and Raleigh Arts, 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.
“We are excited to be able to help artists, especially during these challenging times,” said Ragen Carlile, Vice President for Education and Community Programs at United Arts. “Now more than ever we need creative individuals to inspire us, enlighten us, and cross boundaries to bring us together through art.”
2021 Artist Support Grantees
2D Visual Art: Alberto Ortega | Alia El-Bermani | Allen Butler Jr. | Andie Freeman | Anna F. Podris | Britt Flood | Elisabeth Effron | Ellen Hathaway | Janet Link | Joseph Rafferty | Keith Norval | Kelsey Nix | King Nobuyoshi Godwin | Martha Thorn| Natacha Sochat | Natalia Lopes | Peter Marin | Shannon Johnstone and Teri Saylor | Shawn Etheridge | Tyrone Small
3D Visual Art/Crafts: Hsiang-Ting Yen | Jennifer Markowitz | Joyce Watkins King| Leatha Benvie Koefler | Mike Slobot | Randy B. Parker | Scott Hazard | Tiffany Price Coley
Dance/Theatre: Joshua Martin | Lormarev Jones | Marie-Louise Bennett | Matthew Hager | Phillip Bernard Smith | Yolanda W. Rabun
Literary: Angela Belcher Epps | Angela Wilhite | Bridgette A. Lacy | Cindy Brookshire | Diane Silcox Jarrett | Judy Allen Dodson | Judy M. Dove | Kiran Kaur Saini | Marjorie R. Hudson | Tony Peacock
Media Arts: Ashley Blake | Heather Gordon | Justin Johnta Perry | Shelley Smith | Wendy Spitzer
Music: Christian Tamburr | Christopher Scully-Thurston | Corinne Crowley | Gregg Gelb | Krista Siachames | Lemon Sparks | Matthew O’Connell | Matvey Lapin | Moses T. Alexander Greene | Ron Edward Baxter | Solomon Eichner | Thomas Taylor | William R. Ridenour
About United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County: The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is designated by the Wake County Commissioners and the North Carolina Arts Council as the official local arts agency for Wake County. As a private nonprofit, United Arts has worked for more than 30 years to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through support of and advocacy for the arts. United Arts partners with businesses, individuals, foundations, and government to provide life-changing arts programming and support to our schools and community, resources and opportunities for artists, and arts integration training for teachers. Learn more at UnitedArts.org
About the North Carolina Arts Council: Artists Support Grants are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. Learn more at NCArts.org.
About Raleigh Arts: Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the City’s Public Art and Design Board, and by supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Learn creative more at raleighnc.gov/raleigh-arts