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Norman Awarded Arts and Science Council Fellowship

by | Apr 24, 2023

Then Davidson Senior Maurice Norman spoke at the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony.


Davidson alumnus Maurice J. Norman was one of 15 recipients of fellowships from ASC. Following his graduation from Davidson, Norman worked at the college for several years. He recently shared on social media that he plans to use the fellowship to write his first book. We can’t wait for this amazing spoken word artist to put more words into print in what we know won’t be his only book.

ASC press release follows:

Emerging Creators Fellowships and Creative Renewal Fellowships invest $185,000 in artists and creatives that contribute to Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 20, 2023) – Fifteen Charlotte-Mecklenburg creative individuals will receive a combined $185,000 from ASC in order to refresh their creative energy or develop their creative capacity.

Eight emerging artists are recipients of $10,000 ASC Emerging Creators Fellowships, which supports creatives with evolving practices that are at a pivotal moment in launching sustainable careers in the creative sector. ASC logo

Seven mid-career creatives are recipients of $15,000 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowships, awarded to individuals who have been pursuing a career in the creative sector for at least 10 years and have been generating the majority of their income over the past three years through their work as a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the creative sector.

Both fellowship programs provide funds that recipients can use for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel or other experiences that help them explore their creative journey.

“These awards are a celebration of the passionate creativity of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. ASC is thrilled to support this fellowship class of 15 artists,” said Adam Santalla Pierce, ASC’s director of community and artist support.

ASC Fellowships are supported by Mecklenburg County.

This year’s ASC Emerging Creators Fellowship recipients are:

  • Teil Buck, a musician and founder of the Phoenix Down RPG ensemble. Buck will use her fellowship to explore the innovative combination of music, gaming and collaborative storytelling highlighting local creators in Charlotte. 
  • Hector Vaca Cruz, a Latino documentary photographer. Cruz will establish himself as a full-time documentary photographer and filmmaker through the fellowship.
  • Kerra Don, actress. Don will use her fellowship to support the bolstering of her professional acting ability and learning current industry practices. 
  • Maria Frey, a full-time studio potter. Frey will use her award to build a soda kiln that will further exploration of the soda-firing process and equip her with the means to fire a sustainable amount of work.
  • Amber Johnson, a Charlotte-based dance artist. Johnson’s fellowship will support the exploration of the gender binary in narrative ballet form through the creation of a new work. 
  • Jamie McGhee, an Afro-Caribbean writer. McGhee plans to use their fellowship to take a research trip to Brazil and attend an artist residency near the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in order to complete a historical fiction novel.
  • Maurice J. Norman, a writer and spoken word performer. A proposal to support artistic development in the creation and performance of a new spoken word album. 
  • Lucy Phung, a painter and traditional/digital illustrator. Phung plans to use her fellowship to travel to Vietnam and explore heritage and identity.

The 2023 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship recipients are: 

  • Ana Lucia Divins, a singer, therapeutic musician and community connector. Divins will use her fellowship to support the exploration, creation and recording of therapeutic music.
  • Lena Hopkins-Jackson, a cartoonist and writer. Hopkins-Jackson’s fellowship will help her enroll in master-level classes taught by an animator and screenwriter with Disney Studios.
  • Eternity Philops, a non-disciplinary creative and yoga wellness educator. Philops will use their fellowship to support “Breaking the Binary – Raw Stories of BIPOC Shattering Society’s Gender Status Quo.”
  • William Jenkins (Sir Will), a digital content creator specializing in video, mixed media and photography. Jenkins will use the fellowship to expand his art practice into new mediums and genres, particularly public art and performative-based installations, to further his creative exploration and growth as an artist.
  • Elizabeth Kowalski, a composer, producer and creator of multi-disciplinary artistic experiences. Kowalski will use her fellowship to support the exploration of innovative methods and best practices via apprenticeships, conferences, workshops and equipment purchase.
  • Jermaine Nakia Lee, a Charlotte singer/songwriter, actor, playwright, filmmaker and community activist. A Creative Renewal Fellowship will allow Lee to enroll in the Composition & Songwriting program at the famed Dark Horse Music Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. 
  • Patricia Raible, a Charlotte painter and artmaker. Raible will use her fellowship to extend her practice and demonstrate that aging is not a limiting factor to artistic expression by becoming proficient in new mediums, taking a Penland School of Craft workshop and mentoring with a master printmaker.

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