New arts grant to help show­case ta­lent of Charlotte’s art scene

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Carolina Living - BY NANCY WEBB [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Got an idea that’ll show­case artis­tic ex­cel­lence in Charlotte and cap­ture the city’s spirit?

Then you could ap­ply for the Knight Foun­da­tion’s new Cel­e­brate Charlotte Arts grant, which was an­nounced Thurs­day. The foun­da­tion is of­fer­ing a share of up to $200,000 for ideas by and for res­i­dents of Charlotte that cap­ture the essence of the city.

“Our lo­cal artists and arts or­ga­ni­za­tions play an im­por­tant role in telling our shared sto­ries and adding to the city’s vi­brancy,” said Charles Thomas, Charlotte pro­gram direc­tor for the foun­da­tion. “They are an es­sen­tial part of cre­at­ing a more in­clu­sive, en­gaged Charlotte where peo­ple want to live, stay and thrive.”

Grant re­cip­i­ents re­ceive up to $25,000 each, and funded projects will be show­cased at the Spring 2020 BOOM Fes­ti­val.

Any­one can ap­ply — in­di­vid­ual artists, artist col­lec­tives, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions or for­profit busi­nesses. Projects must be for the arts, take place in Charlotte, and be cre­ated and pre­sented by Charlotte-based artists or or­ga­ni­za­tions. It can be a new idea or a work in progress.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted April 27-June 7.

“Charlotte has a fas­ci­nat­ing com­mu­nity of long-stand­ing and emerg­ing artists and arts or­ga­ni­za­tions cre­at­ing and pre­sent­ing high-qual­ity work,” said Vic­to­ria Rogers, Knight Foun­da­tion vice pres­i­dent for arts. “Through Cel­e­brate Charlotte Arts we hope to bring more of their ideas to life, show­cas­ing the rich di­ver­sity and ta­lent of Charlotte’s art scene.”

The foun­da­tion wants the projects to “re­flect the breadth and di­ver­sity of the Charlotte arts com­mu­nity and shine a light on high-qual­ity, lo­cal cre­ative work.”

Get de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and tips on ap­ply­ing at one of two in­for­ma­tion ses­sions. Knight staff will hold th­ese ses­sions April 27-28 and May 21-23. In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants can also catch up with Knight Foun­da­tion Arts Direc­tor Priya Sir­car and Of­fi­cer Jayne But­ler at this year’s BOOM Fes­ti­val on April 27.

To reg­is­ter for in­for­ma­tion ses­sions go to: kf.org/char­lot­teartsinfo

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