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The Institute for Emerging Issues is sponsoring a contest that awards North Carolina’s youth up to $5,000 for investing in their communities and taking initiative to solve local problems.


The 2015 Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation challenges teams of N.C. high school students to reflect upon the past in order to help improve a community’s future. Teams will investigate the historical roots of a local challenge a community has wrestled with, develop an innovative solution to the challenge, and engage community members in tackling the issue. 


The grand prizewinner will receive $5,000 for project implementation and up to five finalists will win $1,000 each!


Applications for the high school prize competition will be accepted until November 10, 2014. For complete application materials, go to 


Established in 2002, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) connects people and resources from all sectors and areas of North Carolina in an effort to ensure our state’s future economic competitiveness. Every February, IEI’s Emerging Issues Forum attracts leaders in business, education and public policy to discuss a key challenge facing our state. By supporting collaboration among individuals from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, IEI builds an enduring capacity for progress. For more information on IEI’s work, visit

Deadline for N.C. Artist Fellowships is Monday, Nov. 3
The North Carolina Arts Council will accept applications for the 2014-15 Artist Fellowship awards for songwriters, composers, and writers until Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
The Artist Fellowship program, now in its 34th year, supports creative development and the creation of new work for artists in North Carolina. The Artist Fellowship allows artists to set aside time to work and to buy supplies and equipment.
The fellowship award is $10,000. Fellowship guidelines can be found at
The N.C. Arts Council’s fellowship program is one of the country’s premier programs in total awards with fellowship totally over $4.5 million awarded to more than 585 artists across disciplines.
The fellowship program is also the foundation of the Arts Council’s other support for artists, including the regional artist program grants, Creative Capital workshops, North Carolina Heritage Awards, Artist Directory and the new Mary B. Regan community artist residency grant, which named its first awardee this year.
“Far from the elitist image that art conjures for some, these artists are the very picture of industry and single-minded commitment,” explained Jeff Pettus, senior program director for Artists & Communities. “Call them artists, entrepreneurs, or the creative class, these are the people experts say are essential to make our communities places where we truly want to live.”
The writers category includes:
Poets and spoken-word performers
Prose writers, including writers of fiction and creative nonfiction
Writers of literary translation and writers of work for children in any of the above genres
The composers and songwriters category is open to:
Composers of chamber, electronic, experimental, jazz & symphonic music
Songwriters of Christian/gospel, contemporary acoustic/folk, country, hip-hop, pop/adult contemporary, R&B and rock/alternative genres
North Carolina artists who have been year-round residents of the state for at least a year immediately prior to the application deadline may apply. Students are not eligible.
Applicants will submit the Artist Fellowship application electronically using Arts Grants Online, a comprehensive application web site. Complete details about the fellowship are available on the Arts Council home page at Click “Artist Fellowship Deadline is Monday, Nov. 3.”
If you have questions, composers and songwriters should contact Andrea Lawson, performing arts director at or (919) 807-6511 and writers and literary translators should contact David Potorti, literature director at (919) 807-6512 or