We asked our grant recipients questions about changes in budgets, funding sources, revenue streams, staffing numbers, and new opportunities they realized in response to the pandemic. These data show that the experiences of arts organizations through the pandemic vary greatly. The most important lesson, in the Arts Council’s view, is this: North Carolina’s arts network is still here. We did not succumb to the grave fates predicted for nonprofit organizations early in the pandemic. We supported one another, got scrappy, and battened down the hatches.
Arts Across NC Podcast is back with a new season. Join us as we look back on the pandemic and its impact on North Carolina’s arts sector over the last two years. With the help of artists, arts organizations, and arts leaders from all across North Carolina, we are telling the stories of mental struggles, canceled performances, and difficult decisions. The past two years also include stories about innovation, hope, and moments of profound connection. Be sure to listen on Soundcloud and Apple Podcasts.
Guest writer, Aaron Greenhood traces North Carolina’s deep cultural roots by using place and community to introduce readers to Faith & Harmony, a family group raised in Greenville, NC who follows the Black gospel tradition.
When Titus Heagins, a documentary photographer and educator, decided he wanted to give back, he had no idea that a visit to the Light Factory Photo Arts Center in May 2021 would be the catalyst for an impactful mentorship program that he would design and facilitate.
Following in the footsteps of Black feminist intellectuals such as Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks, Alexis Pauline Gumbs discusses being awarded a creative writing fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.