ASC Invests $50,000 in Regional Performing and Literary Artists

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has invested $50,000 among 20 regional performing and literary artists through the Regional Artist Project Grant program.

The grants will help artists pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.  Funding may be used for various projects, such as developing and producing a CD, attending workshops or upgrading promotional materials.

The program’s disciplines alternate each year.  Visual artists and filmmakers will be eligible to apply beginning in the summer of 2010.

The program is administered by ASC in partnership with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Rowan, Rutherford and York (S.C.) counties.  Funding for the grant program comes from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment, the participating arts councils and ASC’s Annual Fund Drive.

The 2009-2010 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients are:

John Alexander, Gaston County
$3,000
To record 15 original big band jazz compositions written for the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra

John Allemeier, Cabarrus County
$4,100
To support recording and production costs for a complete compact disc of original compositions

Amissville, Mecklenburg County
$2,200
To create a full-length CD of original songs for promotional, merchandising and artist development purposes

E. E. Balcos, Mecklenburg County
$3,000
To create a new modern dance and commission a score to premiere in September 2010

Dan Boye, Mecklenburg County
$4,750
To develop and produce promotional materials and purchase equipment

Caroline Calouche, Mecklenburg County
$2,100
To attend the Aerial Dance Festival

The Cloers, Mecklenburg County
$2,700
To support the duplication and graphic design of an acoustic CD of 10 original songs

Jamelia Davis, Mecklenburg County
$1,800
To prepare and present two voice recitals in the Charlotte area and produce new headshots

Janetta Deavers, Mecklenburg County
$3,500
To enhance the production of eight original songs to complete an album of 12 songs (four already produced) and market the album on the Internet

Al Dunkleman, Cleveland County
$2,600
To create a second CD of original songs

Janice Fuller, Rowan County
$800
To attend a two-week residency at Ragdale, an artist colony, to work on a poetry collection

Stella Hastie, Mecklenburg County
$1,150
To attend the eighth Annual National Latino Writers Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

Mary E. Martin, York County
$1,700
To attend the Society for Arts in Healthcare Conference at the University of Minnesota

Aris Quiroga, Mecklenburg County
$2,500
To support the recording of a new CD

Scott Joplin Quartet, Mecklenburg County
$2,300
To develop and market a ragtime chamber quartet

Susan Sherlock, York County
$3,000
To support record project mastering fees, musicians and CD duplication

Scott Temple, Cleveland County
$2,400
To engage in writing workshops at the Vermont Studio Center with Author Amy Bloom and acquire a laptop computer and printer

Alicia Williams, Mecklenburg County
$1,900
To attend the National Black Storyteller Conference in Little Rock, Ark. to develop stronger learning skills for educating and entertaining and to purchase materials for self-promotion

Jeff Williams, Mecklenburg County
$3,500
To record and market original instrumental compositions of a rare style called Lap Tapping for a CD/DVD

Lisa Zerkle, Mecklenburg County
$1,000
To attend the Postgraduate Writers Conference at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in August of 2010

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