I found out a few months ago that I was awarded Regional Artist Project Grant. This is the first grant I have ever applied for. The funding will pay for almost all of my costs for my Latino exhibit, "A Celebration of Heritage." This includes professional framing of 24 18"x24" prints, inkjet paper costs, and the printing of 3,000 postcards. I will still have to pay a little out of pocket money but I have already found two sources of additional funding. I have come to believe that if really believe in yourself and have a clear vision of your goals you can make anything happen. I have been putting a lot of effort preparing the exhibit which goes up in a few. I have also spent a lot of time spreading the word about the show. Please help me by telling friends and attending the opening reception on January 29th from 5-8 PM at the Hickory Museum of Art. I promise you will be glad you came. All yeah, it is recommended that the grant is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Caldwell Arts Council, the Hiddenite Center of Alexander County, the Rock School Art Foundation in Burke County, the Burke Arts Council, and the McDowell Arts Council Association. That was a mouthful!