From the Arts Council

Arts Council Announces Grants Recipients

Now in its thirtieth year, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program will fund $2,739,500 in grants for arts programs and projects in North Carolina counties during 2007–2008.

With unprecedented support from the North Carolina General Assembly an additional $2,000,000 in state support compared to last year’s budget will provide $6,767,838 through 358 grants to 280 grantees across North Carolina including funding for the Grassroots Arts Program and general support organizations.

Fellowship Winners, Application Changes

The North Carolina Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2007–08 Arts Council Fellowship Awards, along with some very good news about upcoming fellowships.

Fellowship award recipients for this year are:

Miriam Angress, Playwright ( Durham)
Erica Berkley, Fiction writer (Chatham)
Bethany E. Chaney, Non-fiction writer ( Orange)
Brian Crocker, Fiction writer ( Guilford)
Melanie Drane, Poet ( Durham)
Marc Faris, Classical composer ( Durham)
Jeffrey Dean Foster, Songwriter (Forsyth)
Roger Franks, Screenwriter (Johnston)
Nichole Gause, Playwright ( Mecklenburg)
Steve Haines, Jazz composer ( Guilford)
Laura Hope-Gill, Non-fiction writer (Buncombe)
Roy Jacobstein, Poet ( Orange)
Jennifer Mackenzie, Screenwriter (Pender)
Barbara Presnell, Poet (Davidson)
Sherry Shaw, Fiction writer (Gaston)
Baron Tymas, Jazz composer ( Durham)

In addition, with support from the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Arts Council’s fellowship stipend will increase from $8,000 to $10,000, beginning with the grants awarded for the 2007–08 cycle. This is the first increase in the fellowship award in more than 15 years.

The fellowship application deadline for the 2008–09 cycle for visual, craft, film/video artists and choreographers is November 1. New guidelines for the current year categories can be found at

This year, for the first time, craft artists will be able to apply for the award in their own category. Interested applicants should review the requirements at

“Since the inception of the program in 1980, craft artists have applied in the visual arts category,” explained Jeff Pettus, Visual Arts Director. “With the growing strength and numbers of our craft artists in North Carolina, we felt it was time to recognize craft specifically in the fellowship awards.”

This year also marks the first year for online fellowship applications. The North Carolina Arts Council is currently working with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to complete the NC Culture Grants Online system, which will be used for the upcoming fellowship application submission process. The new application system is scheduled to be available Sept. 17 and will allow artist applicants to store images and work samples in an online database, retrievable for various arts council applications and opportunities. Artists may save a work-in-progress application, accessible through any Web browser. Arts Council staff will work closely with applicants during their process to ensure a smooth transition from written to online applications. Stay tuned to the Arts Council’s web site for more information.

Guidelines will be posted on the Arts Council Web site,, by early September to help artists get started with their applications. For additional information about changes in the upcoming fellowship cycle, contact Jeff Pettus at or by telephone at (919) 807-6513.

Update Your Contact Information

“Get Connected” post cards were recently mailed urging you to update your contact information. Up-to-date contact information, including e-mail addresses, is your connection to the arts industry in North Carolina.

Click here to update your listing in our database. If you would like a list of arts organizations by county to compare with your lists contact

Experience the Arts

A Season for Arts

Out and About in Fall

Fall is a colorful time to venture out of doors to see new exhibitions, productions and the many other arts events in your area. As North Carolina’s finest production companies gear up to open another season and festivals and events pepper the landscape, get out and about and see what’s going on!

Mark your calendars for the following events in an area near you.

Blowing Rock Stage Company

Jan Karon’s “Journey to Mitford”
September 5–23, Blowing Rock

The world premiere of this brand new play based on Jan Karon’s best-selling “Mitford Series” books. Join Father Tim and others in this beautiful Blowing Rock, which inspired the village of Mitford in Karon’s novels. All your favorite characters will come to life onstage for the first time ever. The second week of the run will coincide with Blowing Rock’s Mitford Days celebration.

For more information, visit

3rd Annual Bookmarks Book Festival

September 8, Winston-Salem
For more information, visit


Weatherspoon Art Museum
On view September 9–December 9, Greensboro

Sol LeWitt, the renowned minimalist and conceptual artist who died this past spring, will be featured in two companion exhibitions, one of his own work and the other of work he collected.

For more information, visit

2nd Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

September 14–15, Burnsville
For more information, visit

North Carolina Dance Theatre

“Manhattan Moves South”
September 20–22, Charlotte

Works by three New York choreographers: Dwight Rhoden, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp.

For more information, visit

Manbites Dog Theatre

September 20–October 13, Durham

A stinging satire about race, madness and power, set in a London psychiatric hospital.

For more information,

4th Annual Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming

September 28-30, Greenville
For more information, visit

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

“The Wizard of Oz”
September 28–October 20, Charlotte

Based upon the book by L. Frank Baum and the Classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

For more information, visit

Winston-Salem Symphony

“An Evening with Van Cliburn”
October 2, Winston-Salem

For more information, visit

Groovy Garb: Paper Clothing from the Mars Manufacturing Co.

Asheville Art Museum
On view through October 7, Asheville

Off-beat exhibit of paper clothing from the 60s and 70s made by an Asheville company.

For more information, visit

Artifacts of Remembrance and Message in a Bottle

The Light Factory
On view through October 11, Charlotte

Two exhibitions focusing on responses to Hurricane Katrina. Artifacts features works by several artists who look at disasters’ effects and the responses to them. Message is a partnership project between Charlotte and New Orleans students looking at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

For more information, visit

Piedmont Opera

“La traviata”
October 12, 14, 16, Charlotte

Verdi’s story based on the real-life courtesan describes soprano Violetta Valery’s love for tenor, Alfredo Germont. Composer Giuseppe Verdi; Conductor James R. Allbritten; Director Michael Shell

For more information, visit

4th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Book Fair

November 18, Sylva
For more information, visit

3rd Annual Crystal Coast Book Festival

November 2–3, Morehead City
For more information, visit

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The Artful Traveler, David Potorti

Fun in the Fall

As triple-digit summer temperatures give way to the cool nights of autumn, North Carolinians of all stripes, from woolly worms to wiggly kids, are heading outdoors to our state’s finest and longest-running fall festivals.

Celebrate in the birthplace of the Piedmont Blues with national, regional and local performers at the 20 th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival (see additional information below), our state’s largest, September 7–8 in Durham ( Headliners like Percy Sledge, Buddy Guy and the Carolina Chocolate Drops will delight audiences. The Durham Arts Council presents the CenterFest in the city’s historic Central Park District, September 15–16. Now in its 34 th year, this outdoor festival features more than 100 artists and two stages of music. It’s Family… It’s Art… and It’s Free! That’s how the city of Charlotte describes its 43 rd annual Festival in the Park, held in Freedom Park September 20–23. More than 85,000 visitors are expected to see, hear and learn from 150 artists and craft practitioners who will demonstrate and display their works. A southern tradition for more than 50 years, Benson Mule Days highlights this noble animal with mule events, rodeos, barbecue cook-off, arts and crafts, street dances and a concert, held September 20–23 (

Making brooms at the

John C. Campbell Folk School

If you need any more reasons to head for the mountains this fall, read on! John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival, in Brasstown October 6–7, is a celebration of our state’s rich Appalachian heritage, featuring fine craft, craft-making demonstrations, music and dance performances, and children’s activities. More than 200 juried and non-juried craftspeople will offer their handcrafted items for sale, including jewelry, woodturning, pottery, weaving, ironwork, photography, rugs, woodcarvings, furniture, paintings, baskets and more. The Southern Highland Craft Guild shines during Heritage Weekend, September 15–16, at the Folk Art Center in Asheville. Guild members and other traditional craftspeople will demonstrate their techniques with hand tools, native materials, and their imaginations. There will be traditional music and storytelling, along with the 26 th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on September 16, featuring mountain toys, live music and wacky fun ( The 40 th Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, honoring the “Minstrel of the Appalachias” with music, ballads and stories, takes place at Mars Hill on September 8. If your tastes run to fine art, the town of Blowing Rock will be home to the 45 th Annual Art in the Park, a juried show featuring 130 artists that same evening (

The coast is calling this autumn as well. Ocracoke artists and craftsmen open their studios and showcase their work during the Ocracoke Art Walk on September 29. And the Beaufort County Arts Council in Washington hosts its 43 rd Annual Fine Arts Show, October 25–27, with more than 350 original works of art on display (

And let’s not forget that groundhog of autumn, the wooly worm. More than 20,000 people will gather to get a forecast of winter during the 30 th Annual Woolly Worm Festival held October 20–21 in Banner Elk.

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Arts Spotlight

American Masterpieces Comes to North Carolina

This fall the North Carolina Arts Council will sponsor the works of three of our nation’s master choreographers at six venues statewide in collaboration with the North Carolina Dance Theatre.

As part of American Masterpieces, a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Dance Theatre will perform fully-staged performances and provide educational residency experiences to schools in six rural communities.

North Carolina Dance Theatre will present Night Creature, choreographed by Alvin Ailey with music by Duke Ellington, Who Cares? choreographed by George Balanchine with music by George and Ira Gershwin, and Nine Sinatra Songs choreographed by Twyla Tharp to Frank Sinatra classics.

Before each performance teaching artists from North Carolina Dance Theatre will travel to each of the host communities for an educational residency in late September. The full company will tour the six evening performances from September 28–October 6, 2007.

The North Carolina Dance Theatre’s primary partners for the tour stops are the local community colleges. With some of the largest and best-equipped performing arts facilities, community colleges offer cultural and artistic programming on a local level.

The Centre

Halifax Community College, Weldon
September 28

College of the Albemarle Community Center Auditorium

College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City
September 29

Odell Williamson Auditorium

Brunswick Community College, Supply
October 1

Cole Auditorium

Richmond County Community College, Hamlet
October 2

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Lenoir
October 4

The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center

Isothermal Community College, Spindale
October 6

For more information on American Masterpieces, visit

Mint Museums Name Consulting Curator of Craft + Design

Mint Museum of Craft + Design

The Mint Museums recently announced the appointment of Rob Williams as Consulting Curator of Craft + Design.

Use photo MMCD Outside 1 with caption “Mint Museum of Craft + Design” Williams joins the Museums on a part-time basis to assist Mark Leach, Chief Curator of Craft + Design, who is leaving the Mint Museums at the end of the year. Williams will assume work on exhibitions and other projects as the Mint conducts a national search.

Williams impressive credentials and experience as an art historian, educator, curator and gallery owner make him a valuable addition to The Mint Museums. His strong educational background in the arts includesBachelors and Masters degrees in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studies at Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Appalachian State University and Parson School of Design.

For more information, visit

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National, State Arts & Culture News

NEA Announces New Literature Director

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced the appointment of Jon Parrish Peede as the agency’s Director of Literature, Grants Programs.

In this position, he manages applications, panels and grant awards for literature fellowships, as well as grant awards for literary presses, magazine and organizations.

For the full press release, visit

Ocrafolk School to Open on Ocracoke Island

This fall, the Ocrafolk School will open on Ocracoke Island in Hyde County, along the Outer Banks, focusing on arts, culture, history and ecology, and will welcome participants into the community of artisans in historic Ocracoke Village.

The Ocrafolk School will hold its first sessions in October and November 2007 with week-long workshops in arts, crafts, cooking, music, local history and sailing, in a relaxed island setting.

The school’s mission includes preserving local culture, promoting appreciation of Ocracoke’s national resources and bringing creative people into the community. Another purpose is to provide participants with a personal connection to the island that goes beyond a typical summer vacation.

The Ocrafolk School will offer workshops during Ocracoke’s shoulder seasons every spring and fall. For more information about the school, visit or call (252) 928-1541. For more information about Ocracoke Village, visit

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Save the Date: Get Connected

Following Monk Festival at Duke University

Duke University in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will present an eighteen-event festival, taking place over six weeks, and celebrating the 90 th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/pianist Thelonious Monk.

Running September 15–October 28, the festival offers three world premieres, numerous special concert events, commentary and master classes exploring the genius of the jazz legend. This series also includes the Following Monk Institute, a four-day continuing education course offering guided tours of important sites of Monk’s childhood and family heritage in eastern North Carolina, with participation by Monk’s son, T.S. Monk, and other family members.

The most legendary musician in jazz history was born in 1917 in a dirt-road town in the plains of eastern North Carolina, all tobacco fields and warehouses, railroad yards and cotton mills. The culture of his parents was steeped in the Piedmont blues and soul-stirring gospel.

For more information on festival events, visit or

Lost Colony Exhibition Comes to North Carolina History Museum

Explore one of history’s most astonishing unsolved mysteries in a major exhibition opening Saturday, October 20, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Mysteries of the Lost Colony and A New World: England’s First View of America from the British Museum, is presented through the collaboration of the North Carolina Museum of History and the British Museum in London, England. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2008.

Mysteries of the Lost Colony will examine England’s first attempts at a permanent settlement in America and what may have happened to the colonists at Roanoke Island. At its heart is A New World: England’s First View of America, a traveling exhibition from the British Museum. This exhibition focuses on more than 70 watercolors made by John White on the voyages to Virginia (now North Carolina) in the 1580s. This is the first time in more than 40 years that the complete collection of White’s original watercolors will be shown outside of England.

In Mysteries of the Lost Colony, the N.C. Museum of History will present visitors with the opportunity to view never-before-seen Native American artifacts from the time of the early European contact. Other exhibition highlights include 16 th-century items related to the White watercolors and a look at 70 years of history, including costumes, from North Carolina’s historic outdoor drama “The Lost Colony.”

Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students, senior citizens, active military personnel and groups of 10 or more; $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and youth groups ages 5 to 18; free for Museum of History Associates and children ages 4 and under. For more information, visit or call (919) 807-7900.

Third Annual Potters Market Invitational

Ben Owen pottery in his
signature Chinese Red glaze

The third annual Potters Market Invitational will be held Sunday, September 8, on the lawn of the Mint Museum of Art from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Presented by Delhoun Service League as a fundraiser for the Mint, this year’s market will showcase 40 potters from one of North Carolina’s most important pottery regions and traditions. .

Potters from Seagrove, the Catawba Valley, the mountains (including Penland), and the Piedmont will be represented. Participating potters include: Ben Owen III of Seagrove, David Stuempfle of Seagrove, Matt Jones of Leicester, and Crystal King of Asheboro.

Tickets to the event are $6 and ticket sales begin the day of the sale at 9:30 a.m. There will be no advance ticket sales. The entry fee includes admission to the Mint (on the day of the sale only). Proceeds support the Mint’s decorative arts collection. Parking is free. For more information about the event, contact Bernette Bowen at (704) 365-6873 or by e-mail at

20th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival

Now in its 20th year, the annual Bull Durham Blues Festival celebrates Durham’s rich musical heritage as an important center of Carolina and Piedmont blues. This year’s festival will be held at the Historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park September 7 and 8. An additional performance will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center on September 6.

Carolina Chocolate Drops,

photo by David Potorti

Since 1988, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. has presented the festival at the historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park, past home of the Durham Bulls baseball team and site of the hit movie, Bull Durham. Today, the event has become North Carolina’s largest celebration of the blues, attracting fans from more than 175 North Carolina cities, 25 states and five countries.

The festival showcases some of the finest contemporary blues artists today including Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, Janiva Mangum, Li’l Malcolm & the Zydeco House Rockers, Big Rick & the Bombers, Booker T & the MG’s, Shemekia Copeland, Watermelon Slim & the Workers, Big Bill Morganfield, Betty Pride & the BP Ride Blues Band.

A Heritage Concert will precede the festival on September 6 at the Hayti Heritage Center at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Guy Davis and the Carolina Chocolate Drops as a tribute for John Dee Holeman, Joe Thompson and Etta Baker. Holeman and Baker are previous National Heritage Fellowship winners. Thompson will receive a National Heritage Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts on September 20 in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the festival, visit

First Annual Caswell Artists’ League Studio Tour

Presented by the Caswell Artists’ League, the first annual studio tour will be held November 10 and 11 at sponsoring locations.

Studios will be open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1–5 p.m. on Sunday. Join the free self-guided tour and discover where and how the artists work. Some studios will be open to the public for the first time and all will offer access to the workplaces in which highly refined art is created. Visitors will meet the artists and have opportunities to discuss work and ask questions.

Easy to read signs and tour maps will mark the way for visitors. Tour information is available through the Caswell Artists’ League web site at and at sponsors’ locations.

Poetry Out Loud 2008

Registration will open in mid-September for Poetry Out Loud, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation, to target participating high schools statewide.

Poetry Out Loud is coordinated in North Carolina level by the North Carolina Arts Council. Now in its second year statewide, the program encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

A poetry recitation competition, the program gives students the chance to win a $20,000 scholarship on the national level. Beginning in the classroom competitions, students advance to district, semi-finalist and finalist competitions.

School districts interested in participating should visit for more information.

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Resources for Arts Organizations

Grant News

Arts Council Announces Grants Recipients

Now in its thirtieth year, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program will fund $2,739,500 in grants for arts programs and projects in Western North Carolina counties during 2007–2008.

With unprecedented support from the North Carolina General Assembly an additional $2,000,000 in state support compared to last year’s budget will provide $6,767,838 through 358 grants to 280 grantees across North Carolina including funding for the Grassroots Arts Program and the general support organizations.

The additional funds support arts programming across North Carolina including artists’ residencies in schools, special exhibitions, performing arts and general support for some of North Carolina’s premier organizations, such as the Mint Museums, the Eastern Music Festival and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Created in 1977 by the General Assembly, the Grassroots Arts Program provides funding to each county on a per capita basis. A national model for other state arts agencies, the program was developed by Mary B. Regan.

The Grassroots Arts Program is unique since it empowers local arts councils and arts organizations to plan programs and projects for their citizens that reflect the arts and cultural traditions and resources specific to their area. By providing funding for localized efforts, the North Carolina Arts Council fosters a sense of pride in local communities and increases citizen participation in and ownership of local programs.

To be eligible for Arts Council grants, organizations must produce quality arts programs that provide community benefit. Most grants require that matching funds be raised by the applicant organization. Last year, each $1 invested by the Arts Council was matched by approximately $18 in funds raised by the organizations.

The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources,, serves as an economic catalyst as it invests in local communities and offers technical assistance to artists and organizations. The majority of Arts Council funding comes from the North Carolina General Assembly. Partial funding for the Arts Council also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on grants and the application process, visit

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Marketing Tips

Free Opportunities for Exposure

What’s Up in 2008

Thinking ahead to 2008, the Arts Council is looking for what’s new and what might be hot next year. Are you expanding your facility or making significant renovations? Is this an important anniversary for your organization? Are you celebrating the 10th, 20th, 25th or 75th season?

The Arts Council is compiling this information which will be presented in two formats: Arts Industry events and events for the general public, 2008.

The information will be used on our Web site and in e-newsletters, and in a 2008 highlights press release for the North Carolina media.

Send your tips and ideas no later than Sept. 17 to:

Alternative Art Spaces

In conjunction with our expanding resources of cultural and arts experiences on our Web site, we are looking for hip, cool and often only on the radar of the twenty-something aficionados. Know about a gallery featuring cutting edge or interesting art, a hot spot for cool jazz or a warehouse space for poetry readings? We’d like to hear about it!

If you’re not sure what might appeal to us—or potential visitors to our Web site—feel free to forward past issues of your alternative weekly entertainment newspaper (Creative Loafing, The Independent Weekly, etc.) to us.

E-mail suggestions to:

Mail alternative newspapers to:

North Carolina Arts Council
MSC #4632
Attention: Jessica Orr
Department of Cultural Resources
Raleigh, NC 27699-4632

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Local Government Funding to Arts Councils

The FY 2005–06 survey of North Carolina local government funding to local arts councils has been completed.

Local arts councils are to be commended for their collective success in convincing county and municipal governments of the importance of their work. The total direct local government funding for local arts councils increased by almost $1 million over FY 2004–05.

Total local government funding was $9,270,941 with the total population for North Carolina at 8,540,468. The average percent of budget from the local government was 17 percent with an average per capita funding of $0.48.

County governments in 64 counties and 91 municipal governments in 53 counties provided direct funding to local arts councils.

These figures were based on responses from 84 local arts councils in 83 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The survey form for FY 2006–07 local government funding is now open here.

Creative Class is Industry Recruiting Tool

Southern Business & Development Magazine and its companion Web site target executives searching the American South for corporate or industrial sites. The South is the nation’s most active region for corporate investment and job generation, with more companies moving and expanding here than any other United States region.

One of their 2007 stories is about the top southern cities attracting the creative class. Two North Carolina cities made the top ten list. Here’s why:

Charlotte: “Long known as the financial capital of the South, Charlotte has exploded over the past few decades, nearly doubling its population since 1980. Nearly 40 percent of the residents of this community older than 25 have college degrees, and in 2006 CNN/Money named Charlotte the 12 th “smartest” city in America. Although Daytona, Florida, technically is home to NASCAR, Charlotte boasts 75 percent of the jobs in this growing motorsports industry, but culture goes far beyond racing. Charlotte was ranked #1 among America’s most liveable cities by Partners for Livable Communities. This clean Southern city appeals to creatives not only for the job opportunities it offers, but for its commitment to a healthy lifestyle, exemplified bynumerous parks as well as biking, hiking and walking trails.”

Raleigh-Durham: “A half century ago, long before most communities got into the research and development business, business leaders and academics came together to create the Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh-Durham area. The points of the triangle consist of Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, all acclaimed universities with major research endowments. The area is the most highly educated region in the country, with more PhDs per capita than any other place in the nation. Today, the RTP is the largest research park in the world and is home to more than 130 R&D companies, employing nearly 40,000 workers. The RTP is home to IBM, GSK, Cisco Systems, DuPont and Sony Erickson, just to name a few.”

To see the full article by Rick Farmer, visit here.

North Carolina’s Creative Economy Research Online

The full reports on North Carolina’s creative economy research are now linked on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Creative Economy Resource Center. For more information, visit here. Information from 35 other states is also listed.

HomegrownHandmade Visitor Analysis at Research Symposium

A visitor analysis of the Arts Council’s program, HomegrownHandmade, will be included in the proceedings of the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium as presented by the study author Hans Vogelsong, Ph.D., of East Carolina University. To read the full study funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation, visit here.

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Web Resources

Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains Online

The North Carolina Arts Council announces the debut of a guide that connects the lives and work of 170 of North Carolina’s visiting and native writers with destinations across the 25 counties of the mountain region.

The guide has two formats, web and print. The web version,, will launch September 28. UNC Press will release the print version, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook, on October 28 at Quail Ridge Books, in Raleigh.

The North Carolina Arts Council commissioned Georgann Eubanks to research and write the guide to showcase the brilliant array of writers associated with the western part of the state, encouraging readers to explore the landmarks that inspired many of the state’s writers.

The guide offers a glimpse into North Carolina literary history, from the William Bartram Trail followed by Inman, the protagonist of Charles Frazier’s novel Cold Mountain, to the little town of Celo, where novelist Anne Tyler spent part of her childhood and started writing stories. Travelers can stay at the Toe River Lodge, in Plumtree, where the film version of John Ehle’s novel, The Winter People, starring Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis, was shot. Travelers can also spend a night at the Nu-Wray Inn in Burnsville, known for its country cooking, where both Mark Twain and Elvis are reported to have stayed. A stop at Sonny’s Grill on Main Street in Blowing Rock affords a chance to try fried liver mush—favored by one of Father Tim’s parishioners in Jan Karon’s “Mitford” series of novels.

The guide comprises eighteen half-day and one-day tour itineraries which take travelers through the landscapes of Sequoyah, Thomas Wolfe, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Kay Hooper, Robert Morgan, and Wilma Dykeman, among others. Thirty maps, driving directions, and 103 color illustrations make the itineraries easy to follow.

The guide’s web version, found at, supports the book and will keep it up to date. It includes excerpts from the print version, a calendar of events and links to festivals, bookstores, historic sites, and other travel options. Perhaps most importantly, the online guide links visitors to resources—writers’ personal web sites, libraries, bookstores, and publishers—that supplement the literary works that are the guide’s real subject and mission.

To order a copy of Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook, visit UNC Press at To access the online guide after September 28, visit

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Opportunities for Growth

Local Arts Council Executive Director’s Retreat at Wildacres

The North Carolina Arts Council and the Duke Nonprofit Management Program are presenting a three-day retreat in western North Carolina for local arts council executive directors October 8–10.

The conference will bring together the faculty of Duke’s Nonprofit Management Program and the staff of the North Carolina Arts Council.

The retreat will be held at Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland. Details and registration will be available autumn 2007. For further information, contact Janie Wilson, Arts in Communities Director, at (919) 807-6508 or by e-mail at

ArtsMarket Brings Presenters, Performers to High Point November 5–7

Cosponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, the biennial ArtsMarket will bring more than 500 performing artists, agents and booking coordinators to High Point November 5–7, 2007.

The showcase and booking conference features exceptional performances by state and national musicians, dancers and other performers, an exciting exhibit hall and an opportunity to network with representatives of presenting organizations, performing artists, agents and artist managers. More than 35 juried showcases and 150 exhibitors will be featured.

Intended for organizations that book all types of performers for regular season programming and special events like street festivals and fairs, the conference draws representatives from arts centers, colleges and universities, schools, local arts councils, civic groups and other organizations from across North Carolina and beyond.

For more information and registration, artists and organizations should visit or

Register for Performing Arts Exchange 2007

Registration for the 2007 Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange in Louisville, KY is open.

Performing Arts Exchange, held September 26–29, is an opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn the latest innovation in technology and accessibility for the presenting and touring field and experience diverse artistic work.

Presenter registration allows one representative unlimited access to National Arts Leadership Institute (NALI), the exhibit hall, showcases and hospitality events. Presenters may register for $450.

For more information on the Performing Arts Exchange, visit here.

Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra Auditions

The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra announces auditions for the 2007–08 season, celebrating its 37 th year of music making.

Fresh off a first-ever Carnegie Hall performance, the Youth Orchestra will share the Greensboro Symphony’s season theme of “ Vienna and Brahms.” Auditions will take place September 4–8 and all young musicians who play orchestral instruments are encouraged to apply.

The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra (GSYO) meets every week on Sunday afternoons at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Music. Under the baton of Music Director Dr. Bruce Kiesling, the group explores challenging repertoire while sharing in the enjoyment of music. Members benefit from extensive coachings and clinics with musicians of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. All of the hard work and passion comes together three times a year in evening concerts at Greensboro College.

To sign up for an audition, visit or call (336) 335-5456, extension 230.

Training Programs Offered in Durham

With funding from the Durham Cultural Master Plan, a joint project of the City and County of Durham, Durham Arts Council, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation and the Duke Nonprofit Management Program are piloting two new training programs, an Arts and Cultural Management Track offered through the Duke Nonprofit Management Program and a Teaching Artists Professional Development Roundtable Series.

Arts and Cultural Management Track: Workshops are designed specifically for those working with arts and cultural nonprofits. Workshops introduced this fall include Program Evaluation, Emarketing and Diversifying Your Audience. Registration is currently open. For details, visit

Teaching Artists Professional Development Roundtable Series: The series of ten monthly workshops will provide professional development skills in curriculum integration, lesson planning, finances, legal issues and marketing.

Applications for the Roundtable are available at Durham Arts Council’s web site, Applications are due Monday, September 17 at 9 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council building. For further information contact Margaret DeMott, (919) 560-2720 or by e-mail at

Call for Latino Artists

Diamante, Inc. has partnered with Nuestro Banco (proposed), in an effort to expand exhibit venues for Latino Artists in North Carolina. Nuestro Banco (proposed) is the first Latino bank in the country. Nuestro Banco (proposed) is opening their branch walls for Latino Artists to exhibit their works on a year-round basis.

Works in acrylic, chalk, etching, pencil, oils and watercolors including lithographs will be considered. Deadline is September 15.

For more information, contact Diamante, Inc. representative Lizette C. Watko at or by telephone at (919) 852-0075.

Americans for the Arts National Arts Marketing Project Conference

The Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts is presenting the 2007 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Flourishing the New Frontier: New Media, New Audiences, New Opportunities, in Miami November 2–5.

The conference is comprised of four days of intensive workshops, plenary sessions, roundtable peer discussions and sponsorship clinics led by top marketing and sponsorship experts. Executive directors and board members, as well as marketing, public relations, membership and development professions, from all cultural disciplines and budget sizes will benefit from the many events at this conference.

For more information or to register, visit here.

Executive Director Position Open at Theatre Art Galleries, Inc.

Theatre Art Galleries, Inc (TAG), a 501(c)3 non-profit visual arts organization, located in High Point, NC seeks an experienced, full-time Executive Director. TAG’s mission is to provide quality visual arts exhibits and educational experiences for the enrichment of the total community.

The Executive Director is responsible for directing all functions of the organization, to include: programming and curation of gallery exhibitions; implementation of educational programs and community outreach; fundraising, with a focus on individual and corporate donors; recruitment and management of staff; facilitation of positive relations with the Board of Directors, staff, patrons and community; management of financial, administrative and operational functions of the organization.

Ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the visual arts; be an energetic, detail-oriented, self-starter with proven leadership qualities; have the ability to work effectively with a highly engaged Board of Directors; possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and have previous supervisory experience in a not-for-profit, arts environment.

Qualified applicants may submit resumes electronically to: or by mail to:

Theatre Art Galleries
Attn: Ked Powell
220 East Commerce St.
High Point, NC 27260-5240

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