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NEWS ARCHIVE

Nov 21, 2005
Local Arts Organizations Receive $30,200 in Grants

The 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 projects.

Organizations receiving subgrants included:
Artists' 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 furniture exhibit
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 production
Mooresville Centerpiece Quilter's Guild - $150 for speaker travel
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 and concert
Lake Norman Orchestra - $2,000 for sound system

Organizations wishing to be considered for subgrants next fiscal year should contact the Iredell Arts Council at 704-873-6100 during May/June of 2006.

November 8, 2005
Poem on a Poster

This 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.

The 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.

September 27, 2005
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.

The 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 allocation.

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.

August 26, 2005
Regional Artist Project Grant Applications Now Available For Local Artists

2005-2006 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.

A 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.

The 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.

To 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]

August 16, 2005
New Weekly Fiddle Class Offered

The 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.

To sign up or get additional information, call the Iredell Arts Council at (704) 873-6100 or Glen Alexander at (704)522-0534.

December 15, 2004
Arts Council Now Accepting Organization Grant Applications

The 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 18, 2005.

Applications for 2005-06 must be in the Arts Council office by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2005.

Eligible projects cannot begin prior to July 1, 2005 and must be completed no later than May 31 or June 30, 2006, depending on grant category.

To 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.

November 23, 2004
Iredell Arts Council Grants $9,200 to County Arts Groups

The Iredell Arts Council recently announced sub-grants totaling $9,200 to thirteen Iredell County arts groups for the grant year 2004-2005.

As 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 various programs.

The 2004-2005 sub-grant awards include:

  • $500 to the Artists’ Guild of Statesville for programs
  • $2,000 to the Children’s 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 Fiddler’s 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 children’s photo day and workshop
  • $600 to the MacDowell Music Club for music scholarships
  • $500 to Mitchell Community College for their Writers’ Series
  • $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 assistance
  • $600 to the Mooresville Children’s Theatre for theater production assistance
  • $200 to the South Iredell Scribblers for workshop speakers.

The receiving arts groups are required to match grants on a dollar for dollar basis with their own funds.

In 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.

May 6, 2004
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 string performer.

The 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.

Dates 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.

May 6, 2004
Fiddle Lessons Available at Iredell Arts Council

The 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.

The 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.

February 11, 2004
Iredell Arts Council Receives Grassroots Grant from North Carolina

At 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.

The 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 Community Theatre.

December 23, 2003
2003-2004 Grassroots Subgrants Totaling $8,550 Awarded to Iredell Arts Organizations

The 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.

Funds 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.

The following organizations received subgrants:

  • Children's 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 education.
  • Statesville Artists' Guild - Received $500 for various monthly programs during the year.
  • Fiddlers 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.
  • Iredell 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.
  • Iredell 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.
  • Mooresville Artist Guild - Received $500 for general operational support.
  • Iredell Photography Club - Received $200 for a Children's Photography Workshop, open free to kids from 8-14 with basic camera and composition instructions.
  • Mooresville 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.
  • Mitchell Community College - Received $500 for reading/lectures by visiting poets and writers during Mitchell CC's Writers' Series.
  • Art 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.
  • South 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.
  • Festival of Music - Received $500 to help sponsor concerts, aimed at promoting local talent.
  • MacDowell Music Club - Received $500 for scholarships for local young talent.

Dec 16, 2003
Fiddle Lessons Offered by Glen Alexander

The 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.

Classes 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.

This 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.

November 18,2003
Iredell Arts Council Announces Website

The 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.

Among 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 listed.

A 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.

There 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.

For 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]

July 30, 2003
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.

July 24, 2003
Dusty Rhodes new Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council

The 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.

Rhodes 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.

The 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.

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