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AUGUST 2009

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Store Front Features N.C. Artists

Clyde Jones window display

Clyde Jones window display.
Photo courtesy Bergdorf Goodman.


Yes, they did.

The city folks at Bergdorf Goodman populated its Fifth Avenue store with Clyde Jones' critters and other quirky works by North Carolina visionary artists.

Jones, who lives in Bynum, is known around these parts for his animal forms created from roots and stumps and then enhanced with house paint and found objects such as tennis balls for "eyes," or artificial flowers for "hair."

The New York luxury clothing store in collaboration with Baltimore's pioneering American Visionary Art Museum showcased selections from the museum's permanent collection by self-taught and "outsider" artists.

These outsiders don't necessarily call themselves artists, they consider themselves farmers, doctors and tradesmen.

Joggers, shoppers, nannies with baby strollers, business people and tourists were all stopped in their tracks when they saw Jones' critters and other works on display from June 26 to July 20.

"We witnessed it first hand!" said Pete Hilsee, the communications manager at the museum. "The AVAM staff took a bus trip up to see the windows and it was so cool to see people peering in, pointing and talking about the art and the artists…and, of course, the museum."

More than 50 pieces were showcased in eleven windows of the swanky retailer flanked by nearby Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton. Other fanciful works included a family of robots by DeVon Smith; a life-size chess set that pits "Aliens versus Angels" by Lyle Estill of Moncure, N.C.; and whimsical whirligigs by Vollis Simpson of Lucama, N.C.

Jones' creatures were right at home in a window near the entrance to Central Park, Hilsee said. "The Bergdorf staff and passers-by got a kick out of the spider webs that formed at the head of the giraffe and even a lizard that popped out of the critters...right there on Fifth Avenue," he said.

North Carolina inventiveness intrigues even in the city.

See more window displays from the exhibition»


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FROM THE N.C. ARTS COUNCIL

Best Practices in the Creative Economy

Creative iNC

Creativity, iNC is the theme of the 25th Emerging Issues Forum to be held February 8–9, 2010 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Sponsored by North Carolina State University's Institute for Emerging Issues, the forum will provide visibility and impetus to the creative economy movement.

This is an exciting opportunity for arts leaders to help shape the issues to be addressed. N.C. State University is looking for creative community entrepreneurs to feature as best practices. Please send recommendations to N.C. Arts Council Research Director Ardath Weaver, ardath.weaver@ncdcr.gov by September 1.

The Forum seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What is creativity and what does it mean for N.C., particularly in a time of recession?
  • How can creativity enhance N.C.'s economic development?
  • What is the interrelationship between the individual, community and enterprise in terms of creativity?
  • How can public policy help bolster creativity at the individual, community and enterprise levels?
  • What are the short-term impacts (i.e. weathering the recession) and long-term impacts (i.e. maintaining N.C.'s competitiveness in a changing economy) that come with a shift toward a more creative way of thinking, living and working?

A leadership retreat held in May, which included representation from the N.C. Arts Council, helped define the importance of creativity to North Carolina.

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Arts Council Staff on National Webinar Panel

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies will host a webinar on Arts Participation in America: Trends and Perspectives on Tuesday, Aug. 18, featuring Vicki Vitiello, a senior program director for the N.C. Arts Council.

The seminar will begin with highlights from the National Endowment for the Arts' latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. A panel of experts will elaborate on current trends, barriers and opportunities, as well as strategies for strengthening participation at the state and local levels. The panelists are: Vicki Vitiello of the N.C. Arts Council; Sunil Iyengar of the NEA; Tom Kaiden of Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; Rory MacPherson of The Wallace Foundation and Kelly Barsdate of NASAA.

The N.C. Arts Council's Vitiello is the only panelist speaking from the perspective of a state art agency. "People have new expectations about participation," Vitiello said. "None of us are surprised by the findings from this NEA report. My role is to help state arts agencies understand and plan for audiences that not only want to make their own choice about arts experiences, but are redefining both art and creativity."

Vitiello came to the N.C. Arts Council in 1996 as the director of touring and presenting. Her responsibilities grew significantly in 2001 when the Arts Council was selected by The Wallace Foundation to be part of the START Initiative, a multi-year national initiative focusing on enhancing cultural participation. Now Vitiello leads the Arts Council's Participation Team, which includes the Arts in Education program, the Arts & Audiences Grants program, cARTwheels educational touring, Accessibility, the ArtsMarket booking conference, and the production of the North Carolina Touring Artists Directory.


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Upcoming Industry Meetings

September 23–26
Performing Arts Exchange, sponsored by Southern Arts Federation in Norfolk, Va.

October 30–November 2
National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Providence, R.I.

November 9–11
ArtsMarket Showcase in High Point. Online conference registration starts August 14. To register, visit www.ncpresenters.org.

November 20-22
N.C. Writers' Network Fall Conference in Wrightsville Beach


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New on the Web

Historic Happy Valley
Explore our newest cultural trail, Historic Happy Valley, and read about Mennonite Music in the Valley, Mow Day, and the Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention.

Profiles on the Web
We're updating ncarts.org with profiles of artists and arts organizations all the time. Recent profiles include the American Dance Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, and the National Black Theatre Festival.


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ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA

Piedmont Laureate Program Expands

Piedmont Laureate

Arts councils representing Johnston and Alamance Counties are the latest agencies to support the Piedmont Laureate program, joining the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Applications for the 2010 Laureate are now being accepted from novelists residing in Alamance, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties. The program focuses each year on a different literary form. This year a novelist, to be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies, will present public readings and workshops, participate at select public functions and create at least one original activity to expand appreciation of literature. The 2010 Piedmont Laureate will receive a stipend of $7,000 and serve for one year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010.

Started in 2008, the Piedmont Laureate Program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. The goal of the program is "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region" of North Carolina. Additional information on the program, including guidelines and the application form, is available at www.piedmontlaureate.com and at sponsoring agencies' Web sites, including the City of Raleigh Arts Commission's Web page at www.raleighnc.gov/arts. The deadline to apply is Sept. 18.


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N.C. Arts Groups Receive NEA Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded grants totaling $325,000 to seven N.C. organizations through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This investment supports nine full-time jobs, two-part-time positions and contracts for 19 artists.

The NEA received $50 million of the ARRA appropriation to preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. The N.C. organizations that were awarded grants are: American Dance Festival, Inc. in Durham, $50,000; EnergyXchange in Burnsville, $50,000; Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc. in Greensboro, $50,000; Museum of the New South, Inc. in Charlotte, $50,000; North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, $50,000; North Carolina Folklife Institute in Durham, $25,000; and Penland School of Crafts, Inc. in Penland, $50,000.    

"These funds couldn't come at a better time," says Nancy Trovillion, deputy director of the N.C. Arts Council. "They will help preserve jobs for 30 arts professionals. All of these organizations have been smart about tightening their belts and increasing their fundraising efforts. They are very deserving of these grants."

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African American Quilt Circle Exhibition

AAQC


The eighth exhibition of works by the African American Quilt Circle (AAQC) will be held Aug. 14–Oct. 2 at the Hayti Heritage Center, in Durham. This year's exhibition will feature quilts with traditional patchwork patterns, contemporary designs, three-dimensional quilted guitars and other original works of art that showcase the members' diversity, interests and artistic talents. 

Music In My Soul: The Legacy and the Lyrics exhibition kicks off the celebration of the 22nd annual Bull Durham Blues Festival, scheduled Sept. 11–12. The exhibition theme addresses how music and quilts are woven into the fabric of African American culture.

"Music and quilts originate from within the soul and spirit of the creator and encompass every feeling and human emotion regardless of genre, variations in rhythms, melody, lyrics, key, harmony and form," says Marjorie Freeman, AAQC program chair.

"Music and quilts from the past continue to inform and inspire today's music and quilts as the spiritual source and its universal appeal remains the same. Our quilts, whether old or new, share the same legacy as music; and both are reflective of a loved, unforgettable and varied art form," Freeman said.

The AAQC exhibitions have gained popularity among quilt, art and music lovers since first exhibiting at Hayti in 1999. A free opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6–8 p.m. and includes a preview of the exhibition, meeting the artists, local blues music and light refreshments. For more information contact the Hayti Heritage Center at (919) 683-1709 or visit the Web site at www.hayti.org


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National Black Theatre Festival 20th Anniversary

NBTF

Patton and Robinson with an
image of Hamlin


The National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) celebrates its 20th anniversary Aug. 3–8 in Winston-Salem. More than 100 performances of new works and African American classics will be performed by professional black theater companies from across the country and from Cape Town, South Africa. The six days of shows are presented at venues throughout Winston-Salem.

This year is also the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC) founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, who was its artistic and executive director. Although he died in June 2007, his vision to unite black theater companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium lives on.

Now his vision is in the hands of two women: H. Geraldine "Gerry" Patton, the new executive director of NCBRC and Mabel Robinson, the new artistic director.

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Cherokee Foundation Crafts Documentation

Cherokee Preservation

Graduate student, Tonya Caroll and
Craft Revival Project Director, Anna Fariello
examine baskets at Qualla Arts and Crafts
Mutual in Cherokee. WCU staff photo.


The Cherokee Preservation Foundation awarded $87,770 to Anna Fariello, an associate professor at Western Carolina University, to continue the Hunter Library's Cherokee Crafts Documentation project.

This second year of the project will focus on Cherokee potters and pottery during the first part of the 20th century. The project includes research on collections at the Museum of the Cherokee and at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. Artifacts will be photographed and uploaded to the Hunter Library Craft Revival digital collection.

A companion Web site includes a written history of heritage crafts of the region. The project plan also includes printing copies of a guidebook on Cherokee Pottery. This book follows Cherokee Basketry and is the second in the From the Hands of our Elders series. For more information, contact: Anna Fariello, Project Director, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723; (828) 227-2499; fariello@wcu.edu.


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Greensboro Public Library Recognized

The Greensboro Public Library won first place in the 2009 Diversity and Outreach Fair at the annual American Library Association conference in Chicago in July.

The fair highlights diversity-in-action initiatives from outreach librarians across the country. It encourages librarians addressing diversity programs, activities and services in local libraries to share their resources with others. It also allows them to glean workable strategies for serving their community's underserved populations.

The Greensboro Public Library won first place for LifeVerse, a project that takes poetry programming into nursing homes, assisted living centers, worship places and adult day care sites. According to Steve Sumerford, project director for LifeVerse, the judges based their decision on the innovativeness of the project, the promotional materials and the potential for the project to become a model for other libraries.

LifeVerse, which was launched two years ago with funding from the N.C. Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Guilford Public Library Foundation, has taken poetry programs to over 3,000 older adults in 25 facilities throughout Guilford County. Poets and community volunteers meet weekly with participants and present programs that spark memories of poems and verses from their youth. Participants are also introduced to contemporary poetry and coached in writing their own poems.

For more information about the library's programs and services, visit www.greensborolibrary.org.


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Fayetteville Symphony Records CD

Historically Patriotic


Patriotic music performances by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra highlight a new CD, Historically Patriotic, funded in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The CD was produced by the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote cultural tourism in the region.

The new recordings include an original song, "Lafayette," written by Symphony Music Director and Conductor Fouad Fakhouri. The ten selections also feature Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," and Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute."

Founded in 1956, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously-funded community orchestra in N.C. It has pioneered innovative programs such as the Instrument Petting Zoo, which allows children to handle and play orchestra instruments.

Historically Patriotic is sold for $10 at the visitors bureau's office at 245 Person Street, Fayetteville and online at www.visitfayettevillenc.com. Proceeds from CD sales will support the cultural tourism programs.


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Mint Museum Acquires Painting

St. Cecilia, a Portrait


The Mint Museum acquired an early 19th century portrait by John Singleton Copley, one of the greatest and most influential painters in colonial America. St. Cecilia, a Portrait (Mrs. Richard Crowninshield Derby) (1803) is the first painting by Copley to enter the Mint's collection. The painting and its original period frame were donated by longtime museum supporters Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III of Wilmington, N.C.

John Singleton Copley became the preeminent portrait painter in the American colonies before the American Revolution. St. Cecilia, a Portrait portrays Martha Crowninshield Derby, an American expatriate living in London, as Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The Mint Museum acquired the Copley painting as part of its collections campaign to enhance its holdings through donations of significant artworks or financial contributions dedicated to acquiring masterworks of art and craft. Through the collections campaign, to date the Mint has acquired more than 200 works in its artistic focus areas of American Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, Contemporary Art, Craft + Design, Decorative Arts and Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress.

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Ackland Names Chief Curator & Receives Reaccreditation

Peter Nisbet

Peter Nisbet


The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been reaccredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public. All museums must undergo a re-accreditation review at least every ten years to maintain accredited status.

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations. To earn accreditation, a museum conducts a year of self-study and then undergoes a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, reviews and evaluates the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

Ackland Director Emily Kass said, "This was an important time for the Ackland to review and update our professional practices and policies. The entire museum staff was involved in the process."

Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The Ackland is one of only 13 accredited art museums in North Carolina.

This good news comes on the heels of a new leader for the museum as well. Peter Nisbet, formerly the Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museum, has been appointed Chief Curator of the museum effective this October.

Nisbet holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University and a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University. Before joining the Harvard Art Museum in 1983, Nisbet held assistantships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Yale University Art Gallery. At the Busch-Reisinger Museum he was responsible for a collection of 39,000 works of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present and played a leading role in the reconceptualization and revitalization of the museum, leading to its relocation in 1991.

As Chief Curator at the Ackland, Nisbet will hold primary responsibility for the leadership of the curatorial department, including exhibitions planning, donor and collector cultivation and collaborative projects. He will also oversee the development of one of the largest and most significant art collections in the region.

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Literary Festival to Offer Plenty for Kids

NC Literary Festival

R.L. Stine will give Carolina kids goosebumps.

Kids will see and hear best-loved children's authors, including R. L. Stine, and say "Hi" to a walking, talking Clifford the Big Red Dog during the annual North Carolina Literary Festival, scheduled Sept. 10–13 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Children's activities and authors will be featured on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. Thirteen children's storytellers, authors and illustrators will take the children's main stage, and an area just for kids will be chock-full of activities including making masks of favorite book characters, a Kids Character Parade, making puppets and drawing pictures to illustrate a story.

Other Festival events for all ages will be announced later this summer. The libraries of UNC, Duke and North Carolina State universities, with additional support from N.C. Central University, organize and sponsor the festival, whose location rotates biennially among the UNC, Duke and NCSU campuses.

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Choreographer with N.C. Roots Dies

Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham


Merce Cunningham, one of the most influential dancers and choreographers of the 20th century, died July 26 at his home of natural causes. He was 90.

North Carolinians felt a kinship to the late Cunningham because of his connection to the American Dance Festival and his early roots at Black Mountain College.

Born in Centralia, Washington, he received his first formal dance and theater training at the Cornish School (now Cornish College of the Arts) in Seattle.

Cunningham presented his first New York solo concert with John Cage in April 1944. He gave up a prominent place in the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1945 to produce abstract dances he composed with the accent on movement itself. His dance experimentation and controversial ideas intrigued most, infuriated some and enchanted many.

In the summer of 1953, Cunningham formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Black Mountain College near Asheville. He was a teacher in residence at the college, which believed the creative arts and practical responsibilities are equal in importance to the development of the intellect. In collaboration with John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, he brought the autonomy of theater to modern dance.

After forming his company in the 1950s he choreographed nearly 200 works. His work has been presented by New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Rambert Dance Company (London), among others.

In 1982 Cunningham received the Samuel H. Scripps Award at the American Dance Festival in Durham.


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ARTIST NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

Waller/Foushee Team Chosen for Orange County Project

The artist team of Michael Waller and Leah Foushee was chosen for the Orange County Library Public Art Project in Hillsborough, N.C.

A total of fourteen submissions were received by the Orange County Arts Commission, which sponsored a public art project at the new Orange County Public Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. The Arts Commission solicited volunteers from the OCAC board, the Friends of the Orange County Public Library board, current library staff and representation from the County Manager's Office to serve on an artist selection committee.

Michael Waller and Leah Foushee have built a reputation as an artist team which works primarily with local communities to create engaging, historically significant and interactive public art spaces. Their proposed design entitled You Are Here (constructed in the low maintenance materials of bronze, concrete and steel) exemplifies their interest in creating a landmark piece for Hillsborough that serves as a unique icon for the town, a gathering place with seating and a source of reference and education about Hillsborough's rich history, landscape and natural environment.

If authorized by the Hillsborough Historic District Commission, this public artwork will be located in a 13 ft. x 40 ft. space on the northeast side of the main entrance to the library facing Margaret Lane. The total project budget of $10,000 comes from $5,000 allocated by the Board of County Commissioners in the FY09 Capital Investment Plan and $5,000 in matching funds from the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.


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Durham's Hornworm Festival Seeks Artists

Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Arts Festival

Craft artists are invited to sell their wares at the Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Arts Festival, which will take place September 12 at Duke Homestead in Durham. It is free to participate in this outdoor festival. Artists will need to supply their own tables, tents and other set-up materials. Space availability is limited. Artists will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All efforts will be made to ensure that craft forms are equally represented. The festival is coordinated by the N.C. Arts Council and the Duke Homestead State Historic Site.

For more information, download a registration form and fact sheet at www.ncarts.org/hornworm or contact Jennifer Huggins at (919) 807-6516 or jennifer.huggins@ncdcr.gov. The deadline is 5 p.m. on August 14.


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Call for Entries in Raleigh

Two premiere Raleigh visual arts organizations, Artspace and Visual Art Exchange, in partnership with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, invite North Carolina-based artists/teams to submit work for a temporary exhibition on Raleigh's new City Plaza sculpture pedestals. Artists selected will be paid a stipend of $2,000. Applications are available at www.raleighnc.gov/arts. The deadline is August 21.

For a list of the latest opportunities to distribute to artists in your community, visit our Artist Opportunities Newsletter Archive.


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ACROSS THE NATION

NEA National Summit on Careersfor People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C—More than 70 percent of people with disabilities are not in the labor force, and those who wish to pursue a career in the arts face difficult challenges. The National Endowment for the Arts convened the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last month. This multi-agency summit included more than 100 experts who evaluated progress and discussed new strategies to advance educational and career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

The first such gathering since 1998, the summit included a keynote speech by Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Arts, Culture and Disability Policy and performances by artists with disabilities.

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Dance Touring Initiative Includes N.C. Presenters

Atlanta, GA—The Southern Arts Federation (SAF) announced a major new effort to develop stronger dance presentation and audiences for modern dance and contemporary ballet, which includes three organizations from North Carolina.

Shannon Hooker of the University of North Carolina Wilmington - UNCW Presents; Michael Crane of East Carolina University; and Sharon Moore of N.C. State University Center Stage join eight other organizations selected to participate in the regional program. The organizations will engage in block booking, technical assistance, networking and professional development at festivals and conferences.

"All three of the N.C. presenters selected for this initiative have been dedicated to building dance audiences for a while now," says Vicki Vitiello, the senior program director for participation at the N.C. Arts Council. "Their involvement in this program will allow them to work at the next level, to present dance programming more frequently and more deeply in their communities," she says.

Participants will commit to the three-year program running from this summer to fall 2012. The first year includes professional development and training for presenters, selection of a dance company for touring to their venues, planning meetings between the presenters and the dance company and developing the touring components. The second year includes touring of the dance company and peer convenings. In the final year, participants may apply for a specific grant to present dance and will receive additional technical assistance.

Dance Touring Initiative Participants

  • Eric Fliss, Miami-Dade County – Dept. of Cultural Affairs, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
  • Bart Lovins, Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center
  • Brad Downall, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College
  • Dennis Sankovich, Mississippi State University, MSU Riley Center
  • Shannon Hooker, University of North Carolina Wilmington - UNCW Presents
  • Michael Crane, East Carolina University
  • Sharon Moore, N.C. State University Center Stage
  • Gene Conroy, Ballet Spartanburg
  • Angela Gallo, Coker College, Department of Dance, Music and Theatre
  • Moira Logan, University of Memphis, College of Communications and Fine Arts
  • Charles Irvin, Cumberland County Playhouse

The consultant team for this project includes Rosemary Johnson, D.M.A., executive director, Alabama Dance Council; Ivan Sygoda, director, Pentacle; and Stephen Wynne, founder and artistic director, TALK Dance Company.


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United We Serve Continues Though Sept. 11


United We Serve - Serve.gov

Now through Sept. 11 artists and arts groups, who already make unique contributions to civic engagement and cultural vitality, can play an important role in a national service initiative.

Launched by President Obama earlier this summer, United We Serve is a national effort to encourage volunteerism and support economic recovery. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies are urging state arts agencies to spread the word.

Here's what your community can do to raise the awareness of arts through this initiative:

  • Encourage artists and arts organizations to participate. You can post requests for volunteers in your community, or serve as a volunteer.
  • Share your stories. A national database has been developed to showcase volunteer success stories. An Arts and Culture category is available. Please volunteer and share stories of volunteer arts projects that have transformed lives, galvanized community action or assisted populations in need. A wealth of stories is being posted on the White House Delivering Change map.
  • Consider posting your own agency volunteer opportunities. Many new volunteers are expected to seek service opportunities so capitalize on this momentum if you have a volunteer-ready project.
  • Promote your agency's participation in the initiative. A Media Advisory Guide is available. A variety of material can be downloaded at www.serve.gov.

Download a fact sheet (pdf) »


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Update Your Info

In order for us to send you regular updates and news about the arts in North Carolina, we ask that you check to make sure your information is correct in our database. To make sure your listing is correct, click here.


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Got an Event? Get Listed.

If you have events that you want people to know about, you should post them on ncarts.org!

Let visitors and residents of North Carolina know what's going on in your area. Click here to enter your events into our calendar. (If you receive funding from the Arts Council, entering your event is a requirement.)

With a user ID, you can store basic information so you don't have to re-enter it each time. Users also have the option to customize their listings based on contact information, time and location for events.

If you don't currently have a user ID or have questions about how to log your events, contact Jennifer Huggins at (919) 807-6516 or at jennifer.huggins@ncdcr.gov.


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