Now recruiting neighbors

The smART Kinston City Project Foundation is actively recruiting pioneering artists of all genres to relocate to Kinston and help build our creative economy. Relocated artists – who we affectionately refer to as smARTists – live and work in restored historic homes in the Arts & Cultural District, a diverse and walkable neighborhood just next to downtown.

We know that moving to a new community and making a living as an artist can be challenging. With generous support from the Educational Foundation of America, smART Kinston is able to offer a modest incentive package to help ease the transition and provide artists with the support they need to be successful.

SmART Kinston provides relocated artists with affordable housing in the Arts & Cultural District, as well as moving expense and art supply reimbursement grants. There are a variety of living spaces available for rent (homes, apartments and duplexes) and the smART Kinston Foundation will help artists identify which homes and studio spaces are best suited to their needs. Once you’re here, we also offer ongoing professional development, business, and marketing assistance.

Artists wanted

We are currently accepting applications from artists of all genres and mediums. More than anything, we’re looking for artists that are entrepreneurial, community-minded, and passionate about helping to build a local movement.

All artists are expected to hold regular studio/gallery hours that are open to the public for sales, tours and simple meet-and-greets. Artists also are asked to give back and engage with the broader Kinston/Lenoir County community. Accepted artists must sign a year-long lease. After the first year, the lease will run month-to-month.

How to apply

We ask that you submit an application through our online portal and be sure to include work samples. Applications are considered year-round as they are received. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee.