DAC announces grant winners, starts funding drive

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 06:06 PM

The Durham Arts Council has created an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help support 16 local artists have been selected to receive Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants in 2013.
The Arts Council’s goal is to raise $7,500 by March 21, 2013. All funds contributed by that date will go to the Emerging Artists program.
Since 1984 the Emerging Artists Program has funded 481 artist career development grants totaling $484,356.
The Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Grant Program is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, partner counties and donors to the DAC Annual Arts Fund.
This Indiegogo campaign is to complete the match for the North Carolina Arts Council grant.
The 2013 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant recipients are:

-- Chatham County: Lamine "Diali" Cissokho, music; Kenneth Jackson, photography.

-- Durham County: Howard L. Craft, drama; Renee Alexander Craft, literature; Rinku Bhattacharya Das, dance; Sarah Goetz, installation; Stacey L. Kirby, installation; Eric B. Martin, literature; Suzanne Rousso, music; Aya Shabu, dance; Dan VanHoozer, drama;
Debra Wuliger, painting.

-- Granville County: Christiana Barnett-Murphy, dance.

-- Orange County: Nadjib Adebola Assani, film; Stacy Crabill, painting; Jessica Dupuis, ceramics.

The Emerging Artists Program was launched in 1984, the brainchild of James H. Semans and Mary D.B.T. Semans, Ella Fountain Pratt, the North Carolina Arts Council and Michael Marsicano, then executive director of the Durham Arts Council. The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will develop their professional careers.

For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/emergingartistgrant