Spark the Arts

Rekindle your love for the arts in North Carolina and enjoy the fellowship, vitality, and healing that they spark in our lives. We will be posting exciting events happening throughout the state all season long on our Spark the Arts page.

NC Arts Council Billboard

Our Mission

Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of "arts for all citizens," the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities.

Volis Simpson Whirligig Park Grand Opening

What We Do: The Arts Council A-Z

The North Carolina Arts Council delivers resources to arts organizations and artists to support projects and programs of public value that revitalize downtowns, educate and empower North Carolina youths, and fuel a thriving non-profit creative sector that generates over $2 billion annually.

Jazz and gospel musician Lydia Salett Dudley, pictured here playing piano, is a graduate of North Carolina Central University’s Teaching Artist Certificate Program.

N.C. Arts Council Awards Statewide Initiative Grant To N.C. Central University’s Teaching Artist Certificate Program

Established in 2017, NCCU's Teaching Artist Certificate Program offers comprehensive, online job-readiness training customized for artists whose work is learner-centered and focused on community engagement. Students learn skills such as how to design and implement arts experiences for general audiences, manage auditorium performances, engage in school residencies, and develop cultural arts programs for educational and community-based organizations. Graduates of the program have found placements in schools, arts organizations, hospitals, and social service agencies.

GreenHill Center for NC Art Winter Show 2022

With Mixed-Media Artists, Watercolor Painters, and Sculptors, GreenHill’s Winter Show Returns with a Renewed Focus on Cultural Diversity

GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, in Greensboro, has opened its forty-second annual Winter Show, which features a wide range of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists across the state. This two-month exhibition, which will run through February 16, strengthens GreenHill’s focus on cultural diversity and demonstrates its innovative approach to presenting art amid a global pandemic. 

H Ju Nie starting a new weaving on her loom

Remembering H Ju Nie, North Carolina Weaver

Andrew Young, an artist and community advocate, reflects on the work of Montagnard weaver H Ju Nie and shares why the North Carolina Heritage Award matters.

Arts Across NC Blog

Discover North Carolina Arts Stories

The North Carolina Arts Council presents stories and shares news about artists, arts organizations, and arts sector trends that capture the spirit, impact, and public value of the arts on the Arts Across NC blog.

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