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Announcing: Grassroots Grants Applications due by June 30, 2015. Click here for details


In Conjunction with the Crystal Coast Boat Show in Downtown Morehead City

Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County


Arts Council offers scholarships
The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) is offering scholarship opportunities of up to $1,000 per student to provide tuition assistance to students pursuing degrees in the arts at the college level (two or four year courses of study) or the North Carolina School of the Arts.

For the purpose of these scholarships “arts” are defined to encompass vocal and instrumental music education, performance, music theory, composition, dance, art, art history, arts education, architecture and design, creative writing, theatre, drama, media arts, sculpture, film studies and photography. Applicants must be high school seniors attending a public or private high school in Carteret County, NC. Homeschooled applicants residing in Carteret County will also be considered as eligible.

Applicants who have been accepted to attend or who are attending Carteret Community College (CCC) and pursuing a degree in the arts either at CCC or as a transfer student from CCC to an accredited educational institution in the United States are also eligible.

Applications may be made through high school guidance counselors, and art teachers, the guidance office at Carteret Community College or directly to the Arts Council of Carteret County a PO Box 2294, Morehead City, NC. 28557. No applications received by E-mail will be accepted.

Application forms are available through high school and Carteret Community College guidance counselors. They may also be downloaded via the link below.

High school student applications are due to high school guidance offices by noon, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Applications submitted through the guidance office at Carteret Community College are due by Wednesday, April 9th.

Applications submitted directly to the ACCC must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 9th, 2014.

The Arts Council’s scholarship program was initiated in 2012. Since that time over $7000 has been awarded in college scholarships. The Council raises money for this program through projects dedicated solely to scholarships and private donations. The Council has also set aside ten percent of its net income for the past two years for the scholarship program.

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Art From The Heart 2014 Awards Announced

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) has announced its winners from the Council’s 24th annual Art From The Heart art show which closed on March first.

Raleigh artist Bob Rankin judged the show which was on display at Morehead Plaza for two weeks and featured 405 pieces of original artwork created by artists from Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico counties.

Awards were presented in two categories – photography and non-photography. This year, the ACCC presented over $5000 to artists who received awards of excellence and honorable mention.

Photography Awards of Excellence were presented to Ryan Adrick, Patrick Field, Beth Kohutek, Lee Lumpkin, Scott Taylor and Bill Meserve.

Honorable mention awards in photography were received by Evie Chang Henderson, Ike Terrell, Karen Mault, Schuyler Munden, Scott Taylor, and David Vogt.

The non-photography category featured two and three dimensional artwork including painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, fiber art and mixed media. Awards of excellence in this category were presented to Sally Anger, Deanna Grant, Chris Stetson, Diana L. Coidan, Mark Brown, Cora Mae Pipkin, Georgia Mason, Sandi Malone, David C. Slyck, Terry Greene, Lanny Pelletier, Stan Harmon, Romaine Riddle, Gwen Jordan, Steve Underwood and Carol Stens.

Honorable mention recognitions in the non-photo category were presented to Ann Etheridge, Nancy Gorr, Carol Gatchel, Dixie Leibert, Ruth Heppler (two awards), Janet Chambliss, and Christina Berner.

Carol Stens received additional recognition by winning Art From The Heart’s People’s Choice Award, presented annually to the artist whose piece of artwork receives the most votes from members of the public who viewed the gallery and voted during the show. The winning piece was fiber art entitled “Quilt Country.”

For more information regarding Art From The Heart 2014 including a full gallery guide and other links please go to the ACCC’s website at

Art from the Heart

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) announces Art From the Heart 2014 from February 14 - March 1, a show and sale of original artwork created by artists from Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow counties.

Registration for Art From the Heart begins February 7 and ends on February 9. Artists from those four counties may participate and are NOT required to be members of the Arts Council of Carteret County. Artists from counties other than Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow may participate provided they are members of the ACCC.

The judge for AFH 2014 is Raleigh artist Bob Rankin.

Please use the links below to download the cooresponding documents:

AFH Entry Rules 2014
AFH Entry Form 2014
Art from the Heart Calendar of Events
AFH Gallery Guide 2014
Arts Council Receives TDA Grant

The Arts Council, representing a consortium of five 501(c)3 Arts Organizations in Carteret County – American Music Festival, Arts Council, Carteret Arts forum, Carteret Community Theatre, and the Down East FolkArts Society, received a grant from the Tourism Development Authority in May 2014. This is the second year that the Arts Council has received funding from TDA for advertising our combined activities in Our State Magazine. An estimated total of 75 events are scheduled for our combined seasons July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Our goal through advertising is to bring people from outside of our area to Carteret County for our arts offerings. Our advertising theme this year will be: CARTERET COUNTY Where Art and Culture meet the Crystal Coast. The first ad for the September, 2014 issue of Our State Magazine is posted on this page.

In addition to listing the activities of the five arts organizations represented in the grant, we will be expanding our page this year to include other arts offerings in the county during the period of time each ad covers. Submissions should be made to In the subject line please list Our State announcement. Please list name of event, location and telephone number contact.

The Arts Council is excited about the opportunity to promote and support the wonderful arts and cultural offerings in Carteret County. We believe this grant opportunity will help us promote Carteret County as the Arts Destination on the Crystal Coast.

ACCC Newsletters

Download the latest Arts Council of Carteret County newsletter from  Fall 2012. To subscribe, join the ACCC.Click here for membership information.