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Artist Opportunities


Fall 2023 Studio Tour

This driving tour through Mitchell and Yancey Counties will take visitors along the meandering Toe River, across its many bridges, around barns, acres of fields, and miles of forests all while visiting the talented studio artists and galleries participating.

November 2023 Studio Tour Artist Application: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/tGgB3wqlPVrfPrt2e7jXBw

November 2023 Studio Tour Gallery Application: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/swB3MYHNKRHQM_KvJpOHUA

November 2023 Studio Tour Guidelines and Procedures: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A0c1ff0c7-abcd-37f5-b236-112c2b9ac170

DEADLINE: August 21, 2023

Artist Support Grant

This program, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development. Learn more about the grant.

To access the 2023-24 Artist Support Grant application, please fill out the following form and the link will be sent to you.

Application: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/N8jmKOBSstJ9AINJAa8iog

Gift Shop & Retail Jury

Artists living in Mitchell and Yancey counties are encouraged to apply to sell work in our retail spaces. Artists must be Toe River Arts Members at the Basic level. The gift shop review committee is comprised of members of Toe River Arts and professional artists familiar with different artistic media. The review committee changes every year. Artists not accepted may reapply the following year.

Jurying for the gift shop will reopen in January 2024.

Scholarship for the Arts

Toe River Arts Scholarship for the Arts is made possible by an endowment fund held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. These scholarships are awarded to individuals from Yancey or Mitchell County, North Carolina, who are pursuing higher education in arts or arts education. Each scholarship will be paid directly to the degree-based institution of the applicant’s attendance.

The 2023 application round is closed, and submissions are being considered. The next round will open in March 2024.

Resources for Artists Affected by COVID-19

Additional Resources