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North Carolina Arts Council

The Asheville Art Museum will open a new $24 million facility that preserves a historic library building while expanding the gallery space on Thursday, Nov. 14.

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North Carolina Arts Council

  Check out the expanded Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in Asheville, which opened earlier this fall.

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North Carolina Arts Council

Eighteen artists across North Carolina have received fellowship awards from the N.C. Arts Council in the literary categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting and in the musical categories of composition and songwriting.

An image of musician Tift Merritt standing in the crook of a tree with orange leaves, with a large drum propped behind her.

Story & Interview by Sandra Davidson

It was big news when Tift Merritt returned to Raleigh, North Carolina last year. Born in Houston, T.X. but planted in the City of Oaks by the age of two, the Grammy-nominated songstress began making waves in the early 2000s with her dynamic voice and evocative song writing. Last year she and her daughter Jean moved back to her hometown after a nine-year stint in New York City, marking a new chapter of Tift’s career anchored in family, writing, and roots. Tift, a 2019–20 N.C. Artist Fellowship Awardee, shared her thoughts on North Carolina arts in a 50 for 50 interview.

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Story by Sandra Davidson

Rob Levin is a glass artist and sculptor based in Burnsville, North Carolina. Like so many artists in the Toe River region of western North Carolina, Rob was drawn to the area by Penland School of Craft, where he first fell in love with glassmaking. He moved permanently to Burnsville nearly 40 years ago, and has since built a career of international renown.



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