Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant

The Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant provides financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists.  The grant is awarded to projects that promise to advance the career of the artist or groups of artists in the following disciplines: Music Composition, Film/Video, Literature/Playwriting, Choreography/Dance, and Visual Art/Craft.  The program is operated in partnership with Davie County Arts Council, Arts United for Davidson County, Foothills Arts Council, Stokes County Arts Council, Surry Arts Council and Yadkin Arts Council.  Additional support is provided by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

2017 RAPG Grant Award Winners

Leslie Fesperman of Surry County has been awarded $825.00 to further her craft of Fiber Arts by taking courses in tapestry, a slow creative process where the threads are individually woven through the fibers one by one.

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet of Forsyth County has been awarded $2155.00 to purchase a video camera and accessories, which will allow her to document her work as a dance artist and choreographer. The creation of high quality video will allow her showcase her work to others professionally as well as reach potential audiences through Social Media and her Web site.

Karola Lüttringhaus of Forsyth County has been awarded $2450.00 to create ‘Hippolyta’s Disappearance,’ an interdisciplinary dance theatre piece, based on the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. Through a solo performer and her interactions with a multitude of virtual characters and places, the piece explores the continuing struggles of women for authority and autonomy in the world and the important role of live theatre in society.

Gregg Jamback of Forsyth County has been awarded $3000.00 to support the completion, distribution, and impact campaign of the film“In Pursuit of Justice,” a feature-length criminal justice documentary, highlights a unique North Carolina criminal justice reform needed nationwide. Greg Taylor was the first person freed – after 17 years in prison – by the ground breaking North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission process. Revelations during his historic hearing rocked North Carolina’s justice community and the film will tell the the story.

Barbara Scott of Surry County has been awarded $1800.00 to pay for publishing her book, Generous Fruits, a dramatic narrative stretching from Pilgrims’ first landfall, to Lincoln’s visionary Homestead Acts, to the Roosevelt settlements of the Great Depression, to the Whole Earth Catalog and the last “official” homestead in Alaska. Author Barbara Bamberger Scott started writing Generous Fruits when she couldn’t find any book like it, exploring the when, where and how of American homesteading, along with the why and the “what next.”

Jacinta White of Forsyth County has been awarded $1930.00 to complete an artistic project comprised of poetry, prose and photography capturing the essence – the stories, uniqueness, spirit – of historical African American churches and cemeteries in the South.

Aaron Bachelder of Forsyth County has been awarded $1100.00 to purchase a computer and primary music software in order to continue to produce electronic music and other works. This equipment will allow him to create a followup to the soon-to-be-released ‘Music For a New Dark Age’  and used for all the supporting work necessary for maintaining a career in music.

Ezra Noble of Forsyth County has been awarded $3100.00 to purchase equipment for home recording  and pay for studio time, mixing and mastering. The equipment will allow him to complete his second full-length album where he has composed and plays almost all of the instrument parts: vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards and percussion. He plans to tour extensively across the United States to promote the record once it is released.

Suzy McCalley of Forsyth County has been awarded $3000 to record her debut full-length album “Into the Flame” in January, 2017 and to promote and release the album in the summer of 2017. The album consists entirely of  original songs and lyrics and hopes to propel her to the next stage as a performing artist and musician.

Justine Luzwick of Stokes County has been awarded $2740.00 to purchase a digital camera and lens to help create a series of black and white photos which capture the visual elements of Stokes County that best represent my interpretation of “where I live.” Drawing great inspiration from Sally Mann’s recent memoir “Hold Still,” in which she expertly photographs the essence of the Deep South, her goal is to capture the heart and characteristics of Stokes County that feel most like “home” to to her.

Nicole Uzzell of Stokes County has been awarded $1300.00 for travel expenses to install a solo exhibition and conduct a papermaking demonstration on the campus of Butte College in northern California. The art students will be asked to assist in the installation, and the general public will be invited to attend the demonstration at the Butte College Art Gallery. The show titled “Sorting It Out”  ran November 10 through December 8, 2016. The experience will help her with her personal artistic goal to continue making new work and applying to exhibitions across the county.

Will Parham of Forsyth County has been awarded $1600.00 to create a large-scale and high-impact photographic presentation of macro photography that explores iridescence and the vibrant colors found in nature. The photographs will be printed on metallic photo paper and displayed to heighten the colors that are found in iridescent materials. His new photographic works will be on display during a Spring 2017 exhibition at the Velma Mason Davis Gallery at Salem College.


Questions: Contact Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager, dsilver@intothearts.org or 336-747-1426

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