Regional Artists Project Grant Awarded to Local Puppeteer

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County grant recipient, Chris Chappell, with several of his puppets. Source: Chappell Puppet Productions, Nashville NC.
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County grant recipient, Chris Chappell, with several of his puppets. Source: Chappell Puppet Productions, Nashville NC.

Eastern North Carolina’s own Chris Chappell has been awarded a grant that will help him grow as a puppeteer.

Chris runs Chappell Puppet Productions in Nashville NC, using his skills for local television shows, a YouTube channel, and even contests. Just last year, he won a commercial contest and produced the TV commercial for a Raleigh car dealership.

Chris says that he will be using the grant to go to Texas in the summer of 2017 for the Beyond the Sock puppeteering workshop.

According to a July 28, 2016, announcement, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County invested more than $18,000 in grants to individual artists in the Wake County area.

The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) provides financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists. The grant (up to $1,500) is designed to support projects that will advance the applicant’s career in demonstrable ways.

Career development opportunities may arise at different stages of a career; therefore, the grant is open to emerging and established artists in dance, drama, film/media, literary/playwright, music, and visual art.

TheUnited Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County’s award in the “Puppetry” category went to Mr. Chappell. The 2017 grantees in the other three categories were:


  • Carol Finley


  • Judy Allen Dodson
  • Jane Falkner
  • Terry Alston Jones
  • Settle Monroe
  • Jan B. Parker

Visual Art

  • Everett Mayo Adelman
  • Beth Browne
  • Brandon Cordrey
  • Carolyn DeBrand
  • Max Dowdle
  • Trish Klenow
  • Georges LeChevallier
  • George McKim
  • Emily Page

Council details released include funding plans for two other grant recipients. Terry Alston Jones, grantee in the literature category, will use the funds to support and fill a void within the community by providing a fictional, entertaining work exploring health disparities in the African American Community. Everett Mayo Adelman, grantee in the visual art category, will use the funds to hire a design firm to produce an artist’s web site to promote and market his paintings.

More information on Chris Chappell and Chappell Puppet Productions is available on, and its Facebook page.

According to United Arts President and CEO Eleanor Oakley:

“We are proud to support individual artists in advancing their careers and, ultimately, contributing to the creativity and vibrancy of their communities.”

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh NC, was incorporated in 1990. Their mission is “to build better communities through the support and advocacy of the arts.”

For the 2015-16 school year United Arts Council helped bring in teaching artists to 142 schools in Wake County through its Artists in Schools program. The United Arts Council also offers grants to organizations, communities and individual artists and provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. The grants, programs and services of United Arts reach over 1.2 million people annually in Wake County. More information on their website,

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