• Arts Scholarships

    Scholarships are made possible by endowments and scholarship funds established by donors. These endowments are managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation and the Winston-Salem Foundation. The Jimmy Lowry Scholarship Fund is funded from the proceeds from the annual Jimmy Lowry Concert. The Surry Arts Council works with the NC Community Foundation to set up new endowments at no cost to the donors. Contributions to existing endowments are always welcome.

    The following endowments and funds are set up to provide scholarships for area students planning to further their education in the arts:

      - Kester Sink Birthday Endowment (scholarships for Arts Alive and Missoula Children’s Theatre)

      - Mildred Robertson Endowment (scholarship for students pursuing instrumental music degrees)

      - Sandy Beam Scholarship Fund (scholarship for students pursuing vocal or musical theatre degrees)

      - Betty Lynn Scholarship Fund (scholarship for students pursuing dance or acting career)

      - Surry Arts Council Visual Arts Scholar (scholarship for visual arts education)

      - Jimmy Lowry Scholarship Fund (donor directed scholarship)

  • 2016-2017 Scholarships Awarded

      - Sandy Beam Scholarships awarded to Emma Collins and Aspen Jackson

      - Mildred Robertson Scholar is Matthew Belton

      - Jimmy Lowry Scholar is Hunter Hellard

      - Surry Arts Council Visual Arts Scholar is Mallory Spagnoletti

      - Betty Lynn Scholar is Megan Klein

      - Kester Sink scholarships given to multiple children under the age of 18

  • Grassroots Arts Programs Subgrants

    Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. Surry Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Surry County.

    August 2017: Grassroots Subgrants Awarded

    The Surry Arts Council recently awarded $10,801 to ten Surry County arts and cultural organizations. These funds represent 50% of the total North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant allocation to Surry County which the Surry Arts Council is mandated to subgrant.

    Applications were available for non-profit organizations whose purposes are to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Surry County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals) and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Funded projects will occur between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

      - The African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Surry County received $750 for artist fees to offer African Culture through Drumming and Dancing classes.

      - Foothills Arts Council received $3000 to assist with marketing and programming.

      - Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve received $875 to assist with artists fees.

      - Mount Airy Downtown Business Association received $500 to assist with marketing and artists fees for Art Walks and Farmfest.

      - The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History received $800 to assist with artists fees associated with the exhibit titled "Fractals: Mathematics and Science as Art."

      - Vocé received $900 to assist with a free community concert titled "Christmas with Vocé and Friends."

      - Mount Airy Photography Club received $676 to assist with artist fees, a photography workshop, and a community presentation.

      - Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. received $1800 to assist with artist fees and workshops for the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention

      - The North Carolina Storytelling Guild received $500 to assist with space rental for the "Tarheel Tellers Storytelling Festival."

      - The Mount Airy Public Library received $1000 to assist with artist fees for a community program titled "Mandela: Let Freedom Ring."

    Grant applications were evaluated by a panel of community members: Lenise Lynch, Kelly Merritt, John Rees, Amanda Barnard. The Surry Arts Council Board of Directors approved the committee’s recommendations at its August meeting. For questions or more information, contact Surry Arts Council at 336.786.7998 or email

  • Regional Artist Project Grant

    This program, funded by the North Carolina 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 professional development. Types of fundable projects include:

      - Creation of new work

      - Purchase of equipment and materials

      - Professional development workshops

      - Professional development workshops

      - Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites

    Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000. Inquire at the Surry Arts Council for assistance with these grants.