Come Hear NC Announces Collaboration with AMERICANAFEST 2019

Raleigh, N.C. (May 21, 2019) — As North Carolina continues to celebrate 2019 as the Year of Music, a first-time collaboration with the Americana Music Association and the state will be announced Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Executive Mansion.

First Lady Kristin Cooper, Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council and the executive director of the Americana Music Association will unveil plans for a North Carolina presence at AMERICANAFEST, scheduled in Nashville in September.

The announcement is part of the Music at the Mansion series hosted by Mrs. Cooper. Performing will be Mandolin Orange, a Chapel Hill-based folk and Americana duo. The music series and the collaboration with AMERICANAFEST are part of Come Hear North Carolina, a project of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the N.C. Arts Council to spotlight our state’s deep roots in the development of American music.


AMERICANAFEST Announcement/Music at the Mansion

Tuesday, May 28
5:30 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Comments
6:30 p.m. Mandolin Orange Performance
North Carolina State Capitol
1 East Edenton St., Raleigh
First Lady Kristin Cooper
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Wayne Martin, Executive Director, N.C. Arts Council
Jedd Hilly, Executive Director, Americana Music Association

Media representatives should RSVP in advance to Rebecca Moore at or 919-814-6530.


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit