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Jaki Shelton Green standing on a wooden walkway with greenery behind her


On Monday, May 17, Governor Roy Cooper announced that he would reappoint poet, teacher, and community advocate Jaki Shelton Green as North Carolina’s poet laureate.

A collage of the fellowship recipients, from left to right Ashleigh Shanti, Betty Maney, Mary W. Thompson, Mary Greene, and Theresa Gloster

By Zoe van Buren

South Arts recently awarded its third round of “In These Mountains” Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships to 15 Appalachian culture-bearers from North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Five artists from North Carolina received the fellowship: Ashleigh Shanti (Asheville), Betty Maney (Cherokee), Mary W. Thompson (Cherokee), Mary Greene (Boone), and Theresa Gloster (Lenoir).

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Wayne Martin will depart the North Carolina Arts Council at the end of 2021 after a 34-year career. He has been its executive director since 2012.

A girl in a yellow shirt doing an art project with the A+ Schools of North Carolina logo adjacent


This past March, A+ Schools of North Carolina—a program of the North Carolina Arts Council—selected 10 new A+ Schools Apprentice Fellows. Following a revised recruitment process, which focused on identifying and inviting a more diverse group of applicants, the program welcomes its most diverse Apprentice Fellows cohort ever: 60 percent are artists and/or educators of color.



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