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United Arts Council Announces Professional Development Grants for Artists

[Raleigh, N.C.]  – The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County announces the investment of $19,000 in grants to individual artists in Wake County. A professional development grant provides financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists. The grant (up to $1500) is designed to support projects that will advance the applicant’s career in demonstrable ways. Career development opportunities may arise at different stages of a career; therefore, the grant is open to emerging and established artists in dance, drama, film/media, literary/playwright, music and visual art.

The 2019 grantees are:


  • Mari FitzWynn
  • Suzanne Adair


  • Andrew Crowe
  • Matthew O'Connell
  • Alice Osborn
  • Greg Whitt

Visual Art    

  • Ellen Hathaway
  • Becky Joye
  • Sean Kernick
  • Joyce Watkins King
  • Jennifer Markowitz
  • Marsha Rogers
  • Ann Roth
  • Pete Sack
  • Susie Silver

Andrew Crowe, grantee in the music/theater category, will use the funds to support the construction of a small Recording-Studio/Music-Room, being built in a repurposed 40-shipping container in Franklinton, NC.. Joyce Watkins King, grantee in the visual art category, will use the funds to support travel and time for art installation in Toronto, Canada for the International Biennial World of Threads Festival, where I have been invited to exhibit an installation work. According to United Arts President and CEO Eleanor Oakley, “We are proud to support individual artists in advancing their careers and, ultimately, contributing to the creativity and vibrancy of their communities.”

Professional Development grants are supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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