Artist Opportunities

open studios

The CCAC has created an ongoing opportunity for artists 
to foster community with each other in
a working open studio environment!

open studios for rent

front of the E.C. Moore building that houses the Cherokee County Arts CouncilAbout this opportunity: The CCAC has opened over 1600 square feet of shared space in the historic E.C. Moore Building to up to working artists. This studio space allows artists to produce their work, display and sell their work, work alongside other creatives, and have a downtown presence.

Those who participate can enjoy the shared creative ideas and resources that spring from such a community, as well as other amenities provided by the Arts Council. These include a shared classroom, free high-speed Wi-Fi, restrooms, and storage space. There will also be the option for group events and opportunities for your own work to be featured in the Art Council’s 1100 square foot gallery in the center of the building.

The cost is very reasonable, and the location is superb in the heart of downtown Murphy NC, a Main Street USA city. Here, the visual and performing arts are rapidly growing in impact, drawing both residents and visitors to the town.

Who can apply: Individual working artists residing within commuting distance to the CCAC. All types of media considered.

Ongoing; studio spaces are currently filled but there is a wait list for new spaces- contact David Vowell at the CCAC at


We administer grants and provide assistance for grant writing to
help artist organizations connect to funding for programs that impact the community,
enhance arts education for children and adults,
and help individual artists improve skills and advance their career.

grassroots grants

About this grant: Provides funding to organizations that provide art programs or art education for the community.

Art program funding typically from $1000 to $2000.

Who can apply: Non-profit Art Organizations.

Due: Applications generally open in July with deadlines by Sept 1.

Apply to your local Arts Council, the Cherokee County Arts Council.

Contact: David Vowell at the CCAC at

Artist support grant

About this grant: Provides funding for individual artists to improve their skills or advance their career.

Project funding from $500 to $2000

Grants to support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development.

Who can apply: Individual working artists residing in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, or Swain Co.

Due: Applications generally open in July with deadlines by Oct 15.

Apply to the regional Art Council, the Cowee School in Franklin, NC

Contact: Laura Brooks at the Cowee School at 828.371.1754 or

Technical assistance grant

About this grant: This grants provide funds to organizations to hire consultants to strengthen management or programs, to sponsor workshops or conferences, to develop a resource publication, or to engage in community cultural planning.

Project funding from $500 to $5000

Grants to provide funds to organizations to hire knowledgeable consultants to
strengthen management and programs, sponsor workshops or conferences,
develop a resource publication, or engage in community cultural planning.

Who can apply: Nonprofit art organizations based in NC.

Due: Applications open Sept 1 with the deadline to receive them of Apr 1.

Contact: Janelle Wienke, Arts and Community Director at NC department of cultural resources at 919.814.6506 or

classroom rental

The CCAC allows artists to rent the classroom for educational and artistic activities, such as arts-focused
workshops / performances / events / parties.

The rental fee is a flat $35 for 1 hr to whole day (during open business hours).
A $100 cleaning deposit on all rentals is due at time of rental.
Cancellations must be made 7 days in advance for refund.

To book the CCAC classroom, fill out the form and make a payment or call Geraud at 818-516-8177.


The CCAC partners regional artists with local schools
to enhance arts education and accessibility.

resident artists in the classroom

About this opportunity: The CCAC hires regional artists to work with classroom teachers 1-2 hours per day, 3-4 days per week, in 1 or more classes in a school.

Who can apply: Artists who are master of their craft and have experience teaching.

We are always seeking: painters (all types), paper artists, and dancers (folk / modern).

Contact: David Vowell at the CCAC at


Share your energy and time coordinating events 
and children’s activities to fulfill our mission
of making art accessible to our community.


Contribute towards making
a more robust and vibrant local arts scene
for our residents and visitors.


Represent our community
of diverse, talented local artists.

There is value in living
a life surrounded by beauty
and we can help.