Artist Emergency Funds and Opportunities

As a precautionary measure, and to help stem the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), the offices and galleries of the Caldwell Arts Council are closed to the public, and all programs are suspended until further notice. Please contact us only by email:;;  

Emergency funding for artists –

North Carolina Arts Council:

GRANT OPPORTUNITY for individual Artists -



Dear Arts & Culture Colleagues, 

We'd like to invite you to a virtual check-in about how Americans for the Arts is working to provide support, research, and advocacy to the nonprofit arts sector
with a special focus on the COVID-19 federal bill.

On Tuesday, March 31, at 3 p.m. (EST), join Americans for the Arts staff for an overview of our advocacy and research relating to the new federal COVID-19 Relief Package. Speakers will discuss Americans for the Arts' COVID-19 response resources; the new legislation; what parts relate to arts organizations, artists, and the creative economy; and what you should expect in the next few weeks.


Featured speakers:

·  Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts & Action Fund 

·  Ruby Lopez Harper, Sr. Director of Local Arts Advancement 

·  Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Information

·  Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund 

·  Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education 

·  Peter Gordon, Director of Federal Affairs


You can register for the FREE webinar here: 


We hope you can join us!


Best Regards,
Ruby Lopez Harper





March 26, 2020


Pandemic Relief Bill Passes US Senate

Forgivable Loans Available to Arts Nonprofits

NC Unemployment Benefits up to $950 /week

NEA Funding, Universal Charitable Deduction



Arts NC COVID-19 Udates and ActionLast night the US Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which looks to be heading for approval in the US House of Representatives and to President Trump’s desk for signature in the coming days. This bill would provide forgivable Small Business Administration loans for struggling non-profit arts organizations and independent artists, as well as $75 million of emergency funding available through the National Endowment for the Arts.  A massive expansion of unemployment benefits that would put up to $950 per week into the pockets of many North Carolinians (including self-employed and contract workers such as independent artist) and increases the period that someone can receive benefits from 12 weeks to 25 weeks. You can see a detailed summary of Pandemic Relief for the Arts in the CARES Act at the Arts NC COVID-19 Action & Resource Center.




LEARN MORE about Pandemic Relief for the Arts in the CARES Act




COVID-19 Impact Survey

(visit – If you can’t pull up their website, email and get on their email list.


While this historic $2 trillion stimulus package provides more options for the arts sector, there are still many challenges ahead. Arts North Carolina will now be turning more focus to the North Carolina General Assembly and how they can provide needed assistance to the arts in this incredibly difficult time. Arts NC has already received positive feedback from key legislators in leadership positions and has started to engage the Joint Caucus on the Arts and Arts Education in this effort. We will provide more details soon, but to be ready for this important work we must know what the impact of this pandemic has had on you or your organization NOW to be ready to do our work. Please take or re-take the Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Arts & Culture Financial Impact Survey and enter estimated financial impact THIS WEEK. We will need real information to make a real case for the arts.



Take or Re-Take the Survey with Estimated Finacial Impact TODAY:




Additional information about provisions in the CARES Act that effect nonprofits and the issues the NC nonprofit sector will be addressing with the NC General Assembly can be found at the NC Center for Nonprofits.


The incredible struggles that will be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be incredibly difficult for the arts sector, for the nation, and for the world. Government cannot solve these problems for us. Government will only be able to solve them WITH US. If we are going to work together, we will need to communicate. That communication is called advocacy. That is what will need to do in the coming weeks to be sure we have a vibrant future for the arts in North Carolina.




MAY 1 DEADLINE – Artist call to participate in Art on Main September 26-27 in Hendersonville, NC –

MAY 1-22 – Young At Art (Elementary student art show) at Caldwell Arts Council, sponsored by SERVPRO;

MAY 2 – Hudson Butterfly Festival, arts & crafts and fun -

MAY 2 – The HUB Station Auditorium presents Chairmen of The Board – The Executives at 6pm. Tickets available now.

MAY 2 – Painted Barn Quilt Class with Carol Mitchell at Hiddenite Center Educational Complex;

MAY 5-JUNE 13 – Abstracts exhibition at Florence Thomas Art School;

MAY 8-24 – Evita to be performed at Hickory Community Theatre;

MAY 15 – Open Submission Exhibition for “Appalachian Culture” at Florence Thomas Art School;  Exhibit dates June 18-July 29.

MAY 16 – Downtown Hickory Art Crawl 4pm-8pm;

MAY 17 – Hickory Choral Society Summer Pops Concert under the sails in Union Square, downtown Hickory 6pm (rain date May 31); 828-322-2210

MAY 23 – David Grier to perform original music, rooted in Bluegrass style at the Jones House in Boone;

MAY 29-JUNE 19 – 20/20 VISION with art by Mary Dobbin and Margaret Carter Martine at Caldwell Arts Council;


JUNE 1 DEADLINE – Foothills Folk Art Festival artist applications at discounted rate through June 1;

JUNE 5 – J.J. Hipps & the Hideaway (blues music) and FracXured (classic rock/variety) will perform in downtown Hickory for the Swingin’ Wingin’ Moon in June! Block Party 6-10pm;

JUNE 5-NOVEMBER 7 – Turchin Center exhibition “Matrilinear: Elizabeth M. Claffey”

JUNE 5-NOVEMBER 7 – Turchin Center exhibition “UnEqual Scenes: Johnny Miller”

JUNE 12 – Java Band (R&B/soul music) will perform for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series;

JUNE 15 DEADLINE – Truth To Power 2020 is open to all artists living in North Carolina for an exhibition August 6-30 at Pleiades Arts. Free online submission form:

JUNE 17 – Western Piedmont Symphony Summer Pops Concert

JUNE 18, 19, 20 – Foothills Performing Arts presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center;

JUNE 19 – Kids In America (80’s variety band) performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage

JUNE 20 DEADLINE – Caldwell Visual Artists Competition at Caldwell Arts Council -

JUNE 22-26 – Hickory Choral Society Children’s Camp; 828-322-2210

JUNE 26 – Night move Band (beach/shag music) performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage

JUNE 30 DEADLINE – Rogersville Heritage Association (Rogersville TN) Heritage Days 2020 handmade craft booths available for October 10-11 event. or e-mail

JUNE-JULY EXHIBITION – Tonja Smith paintings featured at Morganton’s City Hall;


JULY 10-11 – North Carolina Blackberry Festival in downtown Lenoir –

JULY 10-DECEMBER 12 – Turchin Center exhibition “International Series: Chile”

JULY 10-FEBRUARY 6 – Turchin Center exhibition “Afterimage Anxiety: Joshua Rose”

JULY 10-FEBRUARY 6 – Turchin Center exhibition “Rain and the River: Jacklyn St. Aubyn”

JULY 17 – New Kids (90’s variety music) performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage

JULY 24 – Mama’s Remedy Band (rock music) performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage

JULY 31 – The Harris Brothers (bluegrass/Americana music) and Chad Triplett & Two Lane Blacktop (country music) performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage for the Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy! Block Party


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION – Thomas Kelly Pauley American Revolution Portrait Paintings on display at Morganton’s City Hall: 

AUGUST 1 – Open call submissions for “High Country Fibers” at Florence Thomas Art School;; Exhibit dates September 19-October 28

AUGUST 7 – Grove Masters (R&B/soul/jazz), presented by the Harambee Festival, performs for the Downtown Lenoir Summer Music Madness series on the main stage

AUGUST 7-SEPTEMBER 18 – Expressions of Impressions, art by Jenna Bailey, Lisa Battle, and Kristin Herzog at Caldwell Arts Council;

AUGUST 14 – Dinner &/or Concert-only - Relay For Life – A Duel Threat – 2 bands & dinner option at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center;

AUGUST 14-15 – Hudson Festival of the Arts at HUB Station –

AUGUST 15 – Early discount deadline for vendor applications for 39th Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts to be held September 26th;


SEPTEMBER 1 DEADLINE – Foothills Folk Art Festival artist applications final deadline;

SEPTEMBER 4-FEBRUARY 6 – Turchin Center exhibition “Cantar de Ciegos / Song of the Blind: Esperenza Cortes”

SEPTEMBER 12 – Sculpture Celebration at the Broyhill Walking Park, a program of the Caldwell Arts Council;

SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 23 – Old Things – art by Steve West, Andrew Atkin, Juie Rattley III at Caldwell Arts Council;


OCTOBER-NOVEMBER EXHIBITION – Tim Ambrose photography on display at Morganton’s City Hall:

OCTOBER 23-24 – Smoking in the Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival in downtown Lenoir

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 25 - Trash Masters, a recycled art competition at Caldwell Arts Council;


DECEMBER-JANUARY EXHIBITION – Jenna Bailey mixed media artwork on display at Morganton’s City Hall: 

DECEMBER 4-JANUARY 8 – Watercolor Society of North Carolina Traveling Show and Mariam Rajput Artistry at Caldwell Arts Council;



Red Awning Gallery at HUB Station Arts & Business Center seeks artist co-op members;

Art Deadlines List is a free list of opportunities for artists -

Rocky Mount Imperial Centre -

Café (  -

Side Arts–

The Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh

Trade Alley Art in Hickory, NC seeks additional artist members;

Turchin Center accepts artist exhibition submissions -