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The Nantucket Arts Council is a non‐profit organization that supports and encourages a collaborative community of the visual, performing and literary arts through education, grants, scholarships, and events.

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A letter from our President, Barbara Elder:

Dear Friends of Nantucket Arts Council, In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. As we enter October, into the nineteenth month of the pandemic, we humbly realize the impact on the lives of many individuals, communities, states and countries. Read more...

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Download High School Scholarship Application.
Due on Friday, April 8, 2022

Download 2021 Grant Information
Individual Grants to Artists due Friday, December 9, 2021

Download 2021 Grant Application

State Grants for artists.

Margaretta Nettles Award
The Margaretta Nettles Award for excellence in the Visual and Performing Arts is left in memory of Anita Nettle's mother, Margaretta Nettle. The intention of this award is to recognize an individual in our community for excellence in the arts. The Nantucket Arts Council Board selects an artist and gives this award out no less than every other year. Past recipients include weaver Cara DeHeart and potterer/musician Jacob Butler. 

Past awards & scholarships winners.

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how we help

“I can’t express enough my gratitude for the scholarships. I feel very fortunate, not just to have any scholarship, but one that is for the arts.”

read Sean Donnan's story

our partners

We are proud to partner with the following organizations and support the important work they do in the Nantucket arts community: