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Community Resources & Opportunities

Here is a growing list of creative resources and organizations for your support.  If you are able to "pay it forward", there are also volunteer and donation opportunities.  Have a favorite creative not-for-profit resource or organization?  Know of places that showcase creative talents?  Please share!  


Some unique organizations & opportunities

  • Activate Good is Raleigh's local volunteer center assisting many nonprofit organizations.  They match volunteers with cause needs and promote good works through educational classes, events, and even volunteer social networking.  Visit their website for some ideas.  Though not all opportunities are in the creative vein, a group within the site focused on Creatives for Cause:  There are multiple creative organizations that request volunteers here.   In addition, if you write, Activate Good uses Guest Bloggers to educate on many community issues.

  • Arts Access Inc. makes the arts accessible to people with disabilities.  They can always use volunteers and donations.  See more details about this organization at

  • Artsplosure! is in May annually.  The Artsplosure organization also puts on Raleigh First Night annually on New Year's Eve.  For more information on how to get involved, be a vendor, attend the events, visit their website

  • Triangle Art Works is a nonprofit organization building a central platform and community network to support the visual and performing arts
 and creative community across the five county Triangle region in a new, more business-centric way.  They have a large event every January during SMASH, and some creative volunteer needs all the time.  Visit for ways you can help

Triangle area (arts specific) organizations


NC organizations

  • Paint North Carolina: (emerging & professional artists that meet together to paint 'en plein air' in different locations around North Carolina).
  • NC Songwriters Co-Op (501c3 supporting songwriters & performing songwriters, $15 initiation & $10 member dues - join for $25.  (You do not need to be a songwriter to join.):
  • NC Presenters Consortium:
  • NC Arts Council (free membership, crosses arts disciplines):


Regional organizations


Arts & Performance Classes / Opportunities / Showcases


 Grants for Creative People

  • Regional Artist Project Grants: Every year money is granted to artists across disciplines (Dance, Drama, Film/Media, Literature/Playwright, Music, Visual Arts) for emerging and established artists.  There is a very specific process to go through to attain a grant.  Free workshops are offered in all of the counties included in the grant (administered by Wake County United Arts Council of Raleigh, and currently partners with Franklin County Arts Council, Johston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council, and Warren County Arts Council).  There are several free workshops offered to help you through the process.  The grant application deadline is in March for the following year.  More information/clarification of details and downloadable application forms can be found at
  • South Arts (includes North Carolina artists):  "South Arts recognizes that an invitation to participate in a major, milestone opportunity is not always enough. Even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. In order to ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts now offers Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants. The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant is a pilot program to support a milestone opportunity in an individual artist’s career that is likely to lead to substantial and significant career advancement. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to support opportunities taking place between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. Applications are due at least 60 days prior to activities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until this program’s funds are depleted." Artist and Career Grants


Free Books, Publications, and other Media


Free Publicity

Showcase Opportunities

  • Carolina's Got Art!: Juried art shows with prizes (2015 is the 4th year - hosted at Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC for 2 shows in 2015.  $35 fee - 3 pieces - 2 shows May & June 2015 - all media accepted - Cash Prizes - (Original website Connection is lost, but they are on Social Media) Currently no events (COVID19) Carolinas Got Art on Facebook
  • NC Presenters Consortium: Annual Artsmarket (2019 - hosting in Durham) - Juried showcases and vendor booths - attendees include presenters, vendors, and agents: NC Arts Market


Social Media Support Groups


**Disclaimer: We do not take responsibility for the accuracy or linked information of outside sites.  We do try to screen the organization before posting it here.  For this section, we are focused on groups and organizations (that can include formal 501c3 non-profits, support organizations & clubs including Meetup groups, etc.)  We may add a page for profit making resources (advertisers) later and may include profitable resources such as helpful books for sale in our web-store.  

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