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Current News, Meetings & Events

The Artist Link Project: North Carolina Calls for Art!

Visual Art

Sampson Arts Council - CLINTON - Juried photography show for entrants ages 14 and up. Show will run May 25 - July 13. Deadline is April 20.

Trophy Brewing Co - RALEIGH - Seeking submissions for First Friday exhibitions. Works must be 2d, framed, and able to be hung on a track system. Deadline is April 20. For more information:

Town of Cary - CARY - Seeking applications for artists to participate in the En Plein Air Paint the Town Art Auction and Gala. Deadline is April 24.

Associated Artisists of Winston Salem - WINSTON-SALEM - Accepting entries in all artistic mediums for its 53rd Annual National Juried Exhibition “DIMENSIONS 2017.” Entry fee and cash awards. Deadline is April 30.

Frank Gallery - CHAPEL HILL - Seeking a promising young artist, age 20-35 for a one-year apprenticeship program. Gallery membership and exhibition. Deadline is April 30.

Literary Arts

Methodist University - FAYETTEVILLE - Seeking submissions for the Longleaf Press Poetry Chapbook. Entry fee and cash award. Deadline is April 29.

Warren Publishing - CHARLOTTE - Seeking submissions for the Deborah Sampson Prize for Military Writing. Entry fee, cash award, and publication. Deadline is April 30.



Young Artists!!!
Opportunities from the VSA

Yo Soy... Je Suis...I Am Because You Are

This year's theme: Ubuntu
Through shared art experiences, our humanity becomes bound in the humanity of those around us. In Southern Africa this concept is called Ubuntu: a word that means "human-ness"or "humanity towards others."Colloquially, this philosophy becomes I am because you are. My humanity is connected to yours.

Deadline: June 7, 2017
Who: Children with a disability grades Pre-K - 12 (or equivalent)

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program 2017

This year's theme: Electrify!
Art should excite our senses, awaken our curiosity, and electrify our very being. It has the ability to invigorate and empower the artist and viewer alike, but just as important, art can spark empathy and ignite understanding. 

This year's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program's theme is Electrify!, and we're seeking artwork that is charged with ideas, that acts as a conduit for creative reflection on the past, explores the "now," and invokes a future full of possibility and inclusivity. 

Deadline: May 3, 2017
Who: Artists with disabilities ages 16 - 25



Arts Learning Community for Universal Access

We are proud to renew our collaboration with the 2016-2017 Arts Learning Community. Funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the program will continue to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabillities. We thank our partners in this effort:

     Arts Together     Artspace

     Cary Visual Art     CAM Raleigh

     International Focus     NC Arts Council

     NCSU Gregg Museum     NCSU Theater

     PineCone     Sertoma Art Center

     Visual Art Exchange  

Read this New York Times article about a growing trend in Fashion: Clothing design for all abilities!  

 Guided Tactile Tours at NC Museum of Natural Sciences  

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences are announcing a beneficial alteration to their accessibility offerings. Due to increased requests, the museum will offer pre-scheduled guided tactile tours twice monthly. The tours remain free, and are an hour & a half long. Pre-registration is required, and additional accommodations can be made. For more information, including a complete tour schedule through June, visit their website.

Google Accessibility Maps!

A recent article presenting Google Maps recently announced accessibility features. The mobile app now includes features of the business searched, such as business hours, atmosphere, accepted payment methods, and wheelchair accessibility, completely crowdsourced. Search any local business to see what people have said!





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