North Carolina Arts Council opportunities

The North Carolina In These Mountains Appalachian Folklife Apprenticeship program supports 12-month apprenticeships in the folk and traditional arts of the many cultural communities within North Carolina’s Appalachian Regional Commission counties. Applications are due by midnight EST April 1, 2024

The North Carolina Heritage Awards are the state’s highest honor for folk and traditional artists. Artists must be nominated by another individual, and anyone may nominate an artist. Awardees receive a fellowship grant and participate in the Heritage Awards ceremony held in Raleigh. Nominations are due by May 3, 2024.

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Don’t miss out! These opportunities have deadlines in the next week:

• Historic Chronicle Mill Outdoor Mural: The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is seeking to commission an outdoor mural in Belmont, N.C. You must be a Gaston County and/or Charlotte Regional artist to be eligible. Deadline is March 8, 2024.

• North Carolina Choreographic Fellowships: Trillium Arts is delighted to support artists who are at a catalytic point in their career and are actively incubating a new project for future public presentation. There is no fee to apply. N.C.-based choreographers at any stage in their career are eligible. Deadline is March 11, 2024.

• Artspace Summer Artist Residency: This month-long residency provides funding, studio space, and professional support for a national artist to produce a solo exhibition immediately following the residency at ArtSpace. The residency comes with a stipend of $2,000 and an additional housing stipend for artists coming from outside the Triangle. Deadline is March 11, 2024.

• Artspace Universal Artist in Residence: The Universal Access Artist Residency is for artists who identify as having a disability. This month-long residency provides funding, studio space, and professional support for a national artist to produce a solo exhibition immediately following the residency at Artspace. Deadline is March 11, 2024.

Professional Development

• Essential Social Media Tips: Join South Arts and working visual artist and creative Erin Kendrick for this special South Arts virtual learning opportunity. During your time together, Erin will share how she uses the social media tool Linktree and other social media platforms to promote her art, archive her work, and sell her art. This session is free and will take place on March 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

• Artist in Residence At The Factory On Willow: A 12-week program designed to bring creative minds from around the world to Manchester, N.H. Experience an environment that allows creative freedom to discover, define, and refine your creative practice. The program is designed to support emerging artists with a place to live for up to 3 months. Deadline is March 30, 2024.

• Creative Capital Awards: Creative Capital welcomes innovative and original new project proposals in visual arts, performing arts,
film/moving image, technology, literature, multidisciplinary, and socially engaged forms. The Creative Capital Award provides unrestricted project grants up to $50,000 which can be drawn down over a multi-year period, bespoke professional development services, and community-building opportunities. Deadline is April 4, 2024.

• Jones Dance Education Scholarship | ADF: The American Dance Festival will host a Dance Professional Workshop (DPW) for educators from June 30 to July 6, 2024. All North Carolina K-12 dance educators qualify for the Jones Dance Education Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for DPW Educators with a $125 stipend. Deadline is April 20, 2024.

Visual Arts

Thanks to our arts partners throughout North Carolina and around the country, our website has an abundance of visual arts listings. Click here to visit our Artist Opportunities page, where you will see calls for submissions in almost all mediums, with themes that range from botanicals and landscapes to illusions and fierce wildlife.

Diversity & Inclusion

• Call for Artists- CATS Cultural Inclusion Bus Wrap: The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) invites local Charlotte area artists to submit their qualifications to create artwork for a bus wrap celebrating diversity and cultural inclusion in Charlotte. The selected artist will be paid $4,000 total for their approved design. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2024.

• Grounded Possibilities: New Grant Opportunity for Black Artists Exploring Environmental Justice Themes in N.C. Black artists across the state of North Carolina are invited to apply for new environmental justice fellowship. Deadline is March 21, 2024.

• NBA Foundation Grants: The NBA Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2024 on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed within 12-14 weeks of submission and only applications from organizations serving Black youth within NBA markets will be considered. The next grant application webinar will take place April 18, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Public art

• City of Sanford: Two RFPs have been released for public art. One for a large-scale mural depicting the flora and fauna of the piedmont and more specifically to Sanford and Lee County. Sanford has been designated a Tree City and a Bee City USA. Budget is $30,000 The second opportunity for public art is for a sculpture that interprets the flora and fauna of the piedmont and more specifically to Sanford and Lee County. Budget is $20,000. Deadline is March 15, 2024.

• Downtown Greenway Market + Branch Commission: The Downtown Greenway in Greensboro, N.C. has issued a national call for artists for a new major piece of public art. Located where the future Western Branch section will cross West Market Street and temporarily called “Market + Branch”, this project is open to experienced local, regional, and national artists. Deadline is March 30, 2024.

• Raleigh Arts: Create Public Artwork at Tarboro Road Park. This project is part of the 2022 Parks Bond. Artwork can be integrated into the renovation of the historic building or incorporated into the site. $129,000 budget to design and fabricate. Deadline is March 30, 2024.

• GoTriangle / Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility (RUS Bus): GoTriangle and its development partner are seeking responses to a Call for Artists for the installation of one or more works of public art in conjunction with a major new regional transit center in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Deadline is April 1, 2024.

• Artist Call: SEEK Raleigh: SEEK Raleigh is an experimental public art program by Raleigh Arts. Projects should engage with the community in City of Raleigh parks, greenways, and/or community spaces. SEEK Raleigh is an opportunity for artists to introduce the public to new, unusual, and thought-provoking experiences through temporary public art. Deadline is April 30, 2024.

New listings are added to our website all the time! For full details on these opportunies and additional listings, please visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Artist Opportunities page at