Local Arts Organizations Receive $30,200 in Grants
Iredell Arts Council recently announced the awarding of $30,200
in subgrants to 14 Iredell County arts organizations. Awarded
annually, funds originate from the North Carolina Arts Council's
Grassroots Arts Program. Funds can be used for a variety of
expenses incurred in conducting an arts project or running
an arts organization and must be matched with funds from other
sources. $10,100 of this year's subgrants will fund multicultural
receiving subgrants included:
Guild of Statesville - $800 for programs and demonstrations
Festival of Music - $2,000 for local talent concerts and scholarships
Iredell Concert Association - $2,200 for two concerts for
middle school students
Iredell Museums - $8,000 for four projects; Art on the Green,
Art Gala Fundraiser, Black History Month exhibit, and custom
Iredell Photography Club - $800 for children's photography
workshop and to purchase equipment
MacDowell Music Club - $1,000 for concerts and scholarships
Mitchell Community College - $3,750 for Spring Writers Series,
the play "Crowns," and an art exhibition
Mooresville Artist Guild - $1,500 for lighting and portable
display panels for Depot Arts Center
Role Models, Inc - $2,000 for "Choice Project" theatre
Mooresville Centerpiece Quilter's Guild - $150 for speaker
West Iredell High School Choir - $2,000 for travel expenses
for contests and concerts
Iredell/Statesville High School Choral Directors - $2,000
for support of All-County Chorus
Statesville Housing Authority - $2,000 for Youth Choir workshop
Lake Norman Orchestra - $2,000 for sound system
wishing to be considered for subgrants next fiscal year should
contact the Iredell Arts Council at 704-873-6100 during May/June
Poem on a Poster
fall, the North Carolina Arts Council produced a poster celebrating
the appointment of Kathryn Stripling Byer as the new state
poet laureate. It features a poem Ms. Byer wrote for her inaugural
ceremony entitled "Piece of Cake," describing what
it means to be poet laureate.
poster, 11x17, is available free of charge. E-mail Burdette
Southerland, program assistant, at [email protected]
if you would like to receive one or more copies for personal
or public display.
Additional Grass Roots Funding Available for Iredell Non-Profits
The Iredell Arts Council announced today that additional Grassroots
Arts Program funds for local arts organizations has been received
for Iredell County from the North Carolina Arts Council. Only
non-profit arts organizations in Iredell County are eligible.
deadline for applying for the additional funds is noon, November
1. The original allocation of 2005-2006 Grassroots funds was
granted by the Iredell Arts Council in August to eight local
arts groups. These local arts organizations who have already
been funded are eligible for additional funds as are arts
organizations who did not request funding in the original
Any Iredell County arts organization interested in obtaining
Grassroots funding should contact the Iredell Arts Council
by calling (704) 873-6100 or by visiting the Iredell Arts
Council offices in the Old Iredell County Jail, 230 South
Meeting Street, on the corner of S. Meeting and Court Street
in downtown Statesville. Arts organizations who were granted
funds during the original allocation period, but less than
requested, need only to contact the Iredell Arts Council and
ask that their original grant application be reconsidered.
New arts organizations must fill out a Grassroots Arts Funds
Application Form, available at the Iredell Arts Council. These
Grassroots Arts Program grants must be matched by the organization
with funds from other sources.
Regional Artist Project Grant Applications Now Available For
Regional Artist Project Grants (RAPG) are now available to
local dance, drama, film, literature, and music artists. These
highly competitive grants, for up to $3,000, are now available
for individual artists who are permanent residents of Iredell
County. This year, only multidisciplinary (dance, drama, film,
literature, and music) artists are eligible to apply for the
grants. Last year, the RAPG Program started alternating disciplines
on a two-year cycle. Visual artists will not be eligible until
next year. The deadline for receiving finished applications
at the Iredell Arts Council's office in the Old Iredell County
Jail on the corner of Court Street and South Meeting Street
in downtown Statesville is noon, September 16, 2005.
grant-writing workshop, sponsored jointly by the Iredell Arts
Council and the Cabarrus Arts Council, will be held Thursday,
September 8, 2005, at 7 p.m. at the Cabarrus Arts Council,
120 Marsh Avenue in Concord, for those interested in applying
for the 2005-2006 RAPG Program. Anyone needing a ride can
join a van leaving from the Iredell Arts Council office that
evening at 6:15 p.m. for the workshop.
The Regional Artist Project Grant Program provides project
support grants for individuals to pursue projects that further
enhance their artistic development. Grants may be used for
a variety of projects, such as attendance at workshops or
master classes, purchase of supplies and materials needed
to complete or produce a new work, produce a stage performance,
record a CD, etc. Applicants may be either emerging artists
(in the early stages of a career with less than 10 years of
experience) or established artists (at a mature stage of their
career with more than 10 years experience). Emerging and established
artists will be judged separately.
Regional Artist Project Grant Program is administered by the
Arts Councils of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln,
Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, and York (SC) counties. The
program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and
the Blumenthal Endowment.
receive an application and guidelines, contact Dusty Rhodes
at the Iredell Arts Council in the Old Iredell County Jail,
call (704) 873-6100, or email [email protected]
New Weekly Fiddle Class Offered
Iredell Arts Council will sponsor a new weekly Beginners Fiddle
Class on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. The first class will
be held on September 1, 2005. Classes will last approximately
45 minutes each week. The classes will be held in the offices
of the Iredell Arts Council in the Old Iredell County Jail
on the corner of Court Street and S. Meeting Street in downtown
Statesville. The cost will be $10 per lesson. The instructor
will be Glen Alexander, winner of many contests and awards
including Fiddler of the Festival at the 1998 Old Time Fiddlers
Festival in Union Grove.
sign up or get additional information, call the Iredell Arts
Council at (704) 873-6100 or Glen Alexander at (704)522-0534.
Arts Council Now Accepting Organization Grant Applications
North Carolina Arts Council, which awards more than 500 grants
annually to nonprofit arts and community organizations, is
now offering grant guidelines and applications at www.ncarts.org.
Applicants are advised to consult Arts Council staff before
applying and applications may be submitted online around January
for 2005-06 must be in the Arts Council office by 5:00 p.m.,
March 1, 2005.
projects cannot begin prior to July 1, 2005 and must be completed
no later than May 31 or June 30, 2006, depending on grant
be eligible, organizations must be nonprofit and have been
producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive
years. Most grants require a one-to-one match with funds from
other public or private sources. Exceptions are made for grants
serving rural low income counties.
Iredell Arts Council Grants $9,200 to County Arts Groups
Iredell Arts Council recently announced sub-grants totaling
$9,200 to thirteen Iredell County arts groups for the grant
a designated county partner, the Iredell Arts Council receives
and distributes Grassroots Arts Funds from the North Carolina
Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The
money received is in turn sub-granted to arts organizations
in Iredell County for their use in operations or to present
The 2004-2005 sub-grant awards include:
to the Artists Guild of Statesville for programs
to the Childrens Museum of Iredell County for their
presentation of Magic Moments in Performing Arts
$750 to the Festival of Music to present local talent concerts
$1,000 to Fiddlers Grove for their Ethnic Workshops
during the Old Time Fiddlers Convention
$1,000 to the Iredell Concert Association for a concert
for school children
$300 to the Iredell Photography Club for their childrens
photo day and workshop
$600 to the MacDowell Music Club for music scholarships
$500 to Mitchell Community College for their Writers
$650 to Mitchell Community College to assist in the theater
production of Dearly Departed
$500 to the Mooresville Artist Guild for general support
$600 to the Mooresville Community Theatre for theater production
$600 to the Mooresville Childrens Theatre for theater
$200 to the South Iredell Scribblers for workshop speakers.
receiving arts groups are required to match grants on a dollar
for dollar basis with their own funds.
addition to being the conduit for State Grassroots Funds into
Iredell County, the Iredell Arts Council presents several
concerts each year, offers a series of string concerts in
the Old Iredell County Jail Gallery, presents fiddle and piano
lessons and conducts various other art lessons and workshops.
Free String Concert Series Starts May 14 at Old Jail
The Iredell Arts Council announces a free string concert series
to be held every second Friday evening this Spring and Summer.
The concerts will be held in the Gallery on the ground floor
of the Old Iredell County Jail on the corner of Court Street
and South Meeting Street in downtown Statesville. Each concert
will last approximately one hour and feature a well-known
first concert on Friday evening, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., will
feature Chuck Harmon playing the hammered dulcimer and Glen
Alexander on the fiddle. Chuck Harmon won first place for
hammered dulcimer at the Galax Festival, and Glen Alexander
is a two-time "Galax Fiddle Champion" and "Fiddler
of the Festival" at the 1998 Old Time Fiddlers &
Bluegrass Festival in Union Grove.
for future concerts will be June 11, July 9, August 13, and
September 10. This free concert series is funded in part by
the N. C. Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program through the
Iredell Arts Council.
Fiddle Lessons Available at Iredell Arts Council
Iredell Arts Council is starting a new class of Fiddle Lessons,
taught by Master Fiddler Glen Alexander. Glen Alexander is
two-time 'Galax Fiddle Champion' and 'Fiddler of the Festival'
at Fiddlers Grove in Union Grove.
new Fiddle Class is available to all ages and all performance
levels. The cost of the lessons are ten ($10.00) dollars each
and the class will meet at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Classes
will last approximately 45 minutes and will be conducted in
the main floor Gallery in the Old Iredell County Jail on the
corner of Court Street and South Meeting Street in downtown
Statesville. The class started May 4, but newcomers will not
be behind if joining on May 11.
Iredell Arts Council Receives Grassroots Grant from North
a recent Board of Directors meeting of the Iredell Arts Council,
State Senator R. B. Sloan (41 District, representing Iredell
& Alexander Counties) presented Shirley Parker, Treasurer
of the Iredell Arts Council with a check for $8,531.00. The
check represents the first half of the $17,062.00 allocated
to Iredell County by the North Carolina General Assembly through
the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Fund.
funds will be subgranted by the Iredell Arts Council to art
organizations in the county including: the Children's Museum
of Iredell County, the Statesville Artists' Guild, Fiddlers
Grove, the Iredell Concert Association, the Iredell Museum
of Arts and Heritage, the Mooresville Artist Guild, the Iredell
Photography Club, the Mooresville Tuesday Jamboree, Mitchell
Community College, Art in Action, South Iredell Scribblers,
the Festival of Music, the MacDowell Music Club, and the Mooresville
2003-2004 Grassroots Subgrants Totaling $8,550 Awarded to
Iredell Arts Organizations
Iredell Arts Council recently announced the awarding of subgrants
totaling $8,550 to 13 Iredell County arts organizations. The
funding of these subgrants came through the Iredell Arts Council
from the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program.
for the Grassroots Arts Program are appropriated annually
by the North Carolina State Legislature and the National Endowment
for the Arts and awarded to counties on a population basis.
The Iredell Arts Council is the local agency to distribute
these funds to local county organizations to promote the arts
in Iredell County. The Iredell Arts Council is allowed to
keep a percentage of the Grassroots funds for operating expenses
and to fund their own arts programs.
following organizations received subgrants:
Museum of Iredell County - Received $1,750 for an Ethnic
Fair for 6th graders of Alexander County and Statesville/Iredell
Schools, using the arts for social studies and character
Artists' Guild - Received $500 for various monthly programs
during the year.
Grove - Received $1,700 for an Ethnic Workshop. This is
a special event during the OleTime Fiddler's & Bluegrass
Festival in Union Grove. An effort is made to especially
reach Hispanics and African-Americans.
Concert Association - Received $600 for a free concert for
the 6th graders of Statesville-Iredell School System and
the Mooresville School System to increase music appreciation
using one of the performers of the regular series.
Museum of Arts & Heritage - Received $600 to be used
to help sponsor the Addie James Exhibit in April. During
this same exhibit, the Iredell Arts Council will sponsor
an exhibition of African flags from Ghana.
Artist Guild - Received $500 for general operational support.
Photography Club - Received $200 for a Children's Photography
Workshop, open free to kids from 8-14 with basic camera
and composition instructions.
Tuesday Jamboree - Received $500 to help sponsor a series
of 6 variety shows, presented at the Mooresville Citizens
Center every second Tuesday of each month starting in November.
Community College - Received $500 for reading/lectures by
visiting poets and writers during Mitchell CC's Writers'
in Action - Received $500 to train volunteers to present
famous art work to schools. Approximately 1600 students
are reached this year and eventually the program will be
expanded to all elementary students in the county.
Iredell Scribblers - Received $200. This small group of
writers in Mooresville meet monthly to critique each other's
work. The subgrant will be to enter writing contests and
send one member to the NC Writers Network Conference.
of Music - Received $500 to help sponsor concerts, aimed
at promoting local talent.
Music Club - Received $500 for scholarships for local young
Fiddle Lessons Offered by Glen Alexander
Iredell Arts Council is once again offering Fiddle Lessons
by Master Fiddler Glen Alexander starting on January 8, 2004.
Mr. Alexander is two-time Galax Fiddle Champion and Fiddler
of the Festival at Fiddlers Grove in Union Grove.
are available to all ages. The cost of the lessons are ten
dollars each and will meet every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to
4:15 p.m. Classes will be conducted in the main floor Gallery
in the old Iredell County Jail on South Meeting and Court
Streets in downtown Statesville.
is your chance to learn to play the fiddle and take part in
preserving our musical heritage. Might also make an excellent
Christmas present. Mr. Alexander can be reached at home at
704-522-0534 or through the Iredell Arts Council at 704-873-6100.
Iredell Arts Council Announces Website
Iredell Arts Council announces its new arts website, www.iredellarts.org.
The extremely user friendly website was designed and produced
through a non-profit grant program at Design Detail. This
is the go-to website for those who want to know what is happening
in Iredell County.
its features is a calendar of arts events in Iredell and surrounding
counties. Anyone or any organization having an upcoming event
are asked to contact the Arts Council to have their event
listing of Iredell County artists of all disciplines is being
developed. Artists are asked to log on the website and, following
the directions, list themselves.
is also a listing of all arts organizations in Iredell County.
Any new arts organization can get listed by logging on and
filling out the form. Art competitions, grants and other opportunities
for artists will be listed as they become known.
additional information, contact Dusty Rhodes at the Iredell
Arts Council in the Old Jail on South Meeting Street or call
704-873-6100, Email: [email protected]
North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grants Available
The North Carolina Arts Council has announced that applications
for Grassroots Arts Grants are now being accepted. The Grassroots
Arts Program was established by the North Carolina General
Assembly in 1977 to provide a reliable source of state funding
for local arts organizations and programs. Last year (July
2002 - June 2003), Iredell County received $16,730 for art
programs from the state.
The NC Arts Council allows citizens at the local level to
decide on the best uses of this funding. The Grassroots Arts
Program is administered in Iredell County by the Iredell Arts
Council. Grant applications are made locally to the Iredell
Arts Council, then a committee makes the final decisions in
the competition for the grants, and winners receive their
grants directly from the Iredell Arts Council. Last year,
grants were made to The Artists' Guild of Statesville, The
Children's Museum of Iredell County, Fiddlers Grove in Union
Grove, The Iredell Concert Association, The Iredell Museum
of Arts & Heritage, The Iredell Photography Club, The
Mooresville Artist Guild, The Mooresville Community Theatre,
and The Mooresville Children's Theatre.
Application forms may be picked up from the Iredell Arts Council,
located in the Old Iredell County Jail on the corner of Court
and S. Meeting Streets in Statesville. The deadline for applications
back to the Iredell Arts Council is August 14, 2003. Art organizations
have until June 30, 2004, to complete their program or project.
Dusty Rhodes, the Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council,
can be reached at 704-873-6100.
Dusty Rhodes new Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council
Iredell Arts Council announces the appointment of R. M. (Dusty)
Rhodes as its new Executive Director. Rhodes, a graduate of
the University of North Carolina, is retired from the U.S.
Navy as a Commander, and from EnergyUnited as their former
Manager of Public Relations. He has been very active in the
Statesville Chamber of Commerce, having served six years on
the Board of Directors and a past Vice President, Quality
of Life/Community Pride. He has also served in various leadership
positions with the United Way, American Red Cross, Keep Iredell
Clean, March of Dimes, the Statesville Civil Service Board,
the Statesville Rotary Club, and past president of the Artists'
Guild of Statesville.
is married to the former Rita Brown and they have two grown
daughters, Kelly Brown of Statesville and Alison Rhodes of
Morganton. He is a member of Broad Street United Methodist
Church and sings in the Chancel Choir. He served for many
years as the Missions Committee Chairman and has participated
in 12 two-week overseas Mission Building Teams.
Iredell Arts Council is a Designated County Partner of the
North Carolina Arts Council. Its mission is to initiate, encourage,
and support arts and cultural activities in Iredell County.
The Iredell Arts Council is the conduit for Grassroots Arts
Funds to Iredell County arts organizations and in the last
year has assisted with fiddle lessons and concerts, writing
workshops, photography workshops, theater productions in Mooresville,
Union Grove's Ole Time Fiddler's Convention, an ethnic music
fair, programs and art demonstrations for the Artists' Guild
of Statesville and the Mooresville Artist Guild, an ethnic
Fair for Kids, the Iredell Concert Association's Raleigh Flute
Choir concerts, and the Iredell Museum of Arts & Heritage's
Art on the Green Festival. The Iredell Arts Council offices
are in the Old Jail on Meeting Street.