Submissions for the next round of The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County’s (ACA)  Artist Awards, in support of Newport County artists and art projects that benefit our  communities, are due before midnight on Monday, March 15, 2021. Awardees notifications will  be made on or before April 30, 2021. 

Now in its second year, ACA’s Artist Awards provide up to $500 financial support for artists’  projects that directly educate, inspire, and uplift the residents of Newport County.  

Application and submission guidelines can be found on the ACA website at: Those who seek additional assistance can reach out to  

Artists of all backgrounds, identities, and artistic disciplines—including visual arts (illustration,  graphic design, multimedia), performing arts (dance, music, theatre), literary arts (creative  writing, poetry), and any other traditional or emerging field—residing in and/or offering artistic programs to any of the six Newport County communities (Jamestown, Little Compton,  Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton) are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists  proposing an individual project or working collaboratively are considered eligible.  

PLEASE NOTE: ACA Artist Awards’ applicants must be a member of ACA at the time of  submission – membership is available through the website at: or by  sending a check to Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, PO Box 4334, Middletown, RI  02842. 

Inaugural ACA Artist Awards’ recipients were the Newport String Project and Newport  Children’s Theatre. Both organizations were celebrated and performed at ACA’s June 5 “Raise  Up the Arts!” fundraising event. ACA’s 2021 awardees will be similarly acknowledged at the  next “Raise Up the Arts!” celebration. 

The trustees, members, and supporters of the ACA look forward to supporting the next cohort of  Artist Awards’ recipients in their artistic endeavors, as well as engaging in the arts activities they  plan to present in and for our Newport County communities.

About the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County  

Since 1994 the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has promoted and advanced arts and culture in Newport County for the benefit of the  community. A member-supported organization, the ACA offers events, networking  opportunities, support for artist members, and hosts arts and cultural events for the greater  community. ACA aims to help guide the interconnection between creative and cultural  contributors, and the people of Newport County.  

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